Hiked: November 15, 2015
I didn’t feel like a long walk with lots of traveling, but I did want to go out for some exercise and fresh air, so I decided on another hike in The Hague. I opted for the longest one in the guidebook “Wandelen buiten de binnenstad van Den Haag”, a collection of walks through different parts of The Hague (read about my earlier walks from this book here and here).
I parked my bicycle near the Haags Gemeentemuseum, the starting point of this hike. From there I walked through the Statenkwartier, a part of The Hague popular with expats, via the Frederik Hendrikplein and the Afvoerkanaal to Scheveningen Harbor. By the time I reached the harbor, it had started to rain. Fortunately, I had the stormy wind in my back most of the time, so the rain didn’t bother me too much. I passed the marina and the fishing harbor before I reached the Boulevard along the beach. I followed the boulevard for about two kilometers till I reached the Pier and the Kurhaus.
While the Boulevard wasn’t exactly busy, there were quite a few other people around enjoying the windy weather (fortunately, the rain stopped while I was walking along the Boulevard). There were a number of kitesurfers and windsurfers out on the sea enjoying the strong wind and the waves. Along the Boulevard, I passed the sculptures by Tom Otterness outside the Museum Beelden aan Zee (an art museum dedicated entirely to sculpture). I always enjoy these bronze sculptures inspired by fairy tales about the sea.
Near the Kurhaus, I left the Boulevard and headed away from the sea. I walked along the Nieuwe Parklaan to the Westbroekpark and from there to the Scheveningse Bosjes, which I left near the memorial for the people who died during the Second World War in the Dutch East Indies. The last part of the hike was by far the least interesting: I followed the busy Teldersweg and Johan de Wittlaan back to the starting point of the hike at the Gemeentemuseum.
It was a very enjoyable and varied hike – despite (or maybe because of) the stormy wind and the rain.