Following in the footsteps of the monks and follow this wonderful cultural heritage walk and visit the abbey museum and nature shop. Old dikes from the 13th century and winding canals recall a time when England again and again is surprised by the rising water.
The monks of the abbey built the first dikes to protect their area. During the walk, the information panels tell you about the history of the landscape and the three Egmonds. Along the way you must occasionally climb on trellises, so wear good shoes. Do not rush, Stay here and even stand there, let the westerly blow through your hair, smell the sea air and let the old times.
Text: Peter Lassooy
The landscape can be summarized briefly as a whole complex of beach ridges and sand plains. The characteristic structure of an open beach area between urban and forested shoreline to the east and the high young dunes in the West is still very good 'readable'.
The landscape has changed dramatically by a number of factors were present simultaneously. Stormvloeden in kustafslag, sand dunes, and formation of the young dunes, sea level rise and land reclamation.
While hiking you can read the story of a former tidal inlet that is bogged down first, subsequently alluvial, become swamp and drowned in the Egmondermeer- Berger and More.
From the tenth century stew from the west, the young dunes from the sea and 'walked’ the old low dune landscapes, the Carberry and the blooming. The exploitation of this dynamic landscape is largely due to the monks of Egmond. Also in this area are to be found many traces.
Thus Adelbertus Field represents the establishment of St. Adalbert in this region, the former burial service Adelbertusput, St. Adelbertusweg the more than 1000 year old connection between the Adelbertus Akker and the abbey founded on a shoreline, as a safe place in the marshy area.
The Zanddijk and Hogendijk represent the protection of the blooming against the invading and emerging water, the Egmondermeer Inland port channel with the flow, transport- and trade route for the monks.
Farther north, the Slot on the Horseshoe as fortress for the management of the grounds of the abbey and further west Egmond aan Zee as the basis for the food of the monks.
The cultural history is further enriched with scalloped roads, dune lands and -rellen, bleacheries and estates from the Golden Age and not to forget the miracles attributed to Saint Adelbert. This rich combination of landscape and cultural forms the broad base of the Monnikenpad. The sights are described in the villages also.