Hiked: June 18, 2016
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I like to start my walks early in the morning, but today it was raining, so I didn’t get on my bike till 10.30am when it had almost stopped raining. I cycled to Mariahoeve train station in the northwestern part of The Hague to start my walk there. I first walked through the residential area with the same name, that gave the train station its name. I walked through a park and some green areas to the Bezuidenhoutseweg. I followed a footpath parallel to, but at some distance from the busy road for a while before I crossed it and entered the residential area of Marlot, a ‘posh part of town’ as one of my friends would say. Judging by the number of cars with diplomatic license plates parked on the streets and driveways, it is an area popular with diplomats.
I wound through the residential area to the park and estate that gave Marlot its name. A broad, straight footpath lined with beech trees bright green with spring leaves took me to the park’s edge. As I approached the Benoordenhoutseweg, another busy road and the main road connecting the center of The Hague with Wassenaar, I could hear the noise of the cars in the background. I walked along the Benoordenhoutseweg past the Louwman Museum to the nearest crossing. Having crossed the street, I followed a narrow road, where the cars definitely drove faster than they were allowed to, to the Duindigt horseracing track. I made a short detour to walk past the racetrack.
A cycling path took me from the racetrack to the Clingendael Estate, familiar from earlier hikes and one of my favorite places in The Hague. I entered the woods and walked along the moat surrounding the estate. It was quiet with just the singing of the birds – until I passed a group of people walking their dogs. I passed a large bunker and crossed a bridge to enter the Oosterbeek Estate. I followed winding footpaths across the estate and left the park to walk towards the Benoordenhoutseweg again, which I followed for a bit until I reached the same crossing where I had crossed earlier.
On the other side, where before I had come from the left, I now turned right. I soon entered the park of the Reigersbergen Estate. The path first led me through a wooded area, but then to my surprise I walked through the fields for a bit. The footpath ended at the Bezuidenhoutseweg, almost across from the footpath where I had walked earlier. I turned the other direction, though and followed the road for a bit before I crossed it and walked through a different part of the Mariahoeve district back to the train station.
I enjoyed this varied walk that took me through familiar parts, but also along new paths.