10 km – short walk (shortened: 5 km)
This walk will take you past some of the country estates in Leidschendam-Voorburg. The location of these villages and their accessibility from the surrounding cities were ideal for the construction of country houses.
The beach ridge
The beach ridge, the historical sand ridge that runs parallel to the coastline, was extremely suitable for residential purposes in view of its elevated position. The centre of Voorburg was constructed here in the Middle Ages, and starting from the 17th century, country houses were built on the flanks of the beach ridge. The centuries-old ‘Heerwech’ over the beach ridge was an important traffic artery. This road allowed easy access to the country houses in the summer months for the owners whose principal residence was located in the surrounding cities.
The Vliet Canal
Running parallel to the beach ridge, the Vliet Canal was yet another factor that was conducive to the construction of mansions and country estates. This waterway, dug around the 12th century, was part of the Rhine-Schie Canal. Until the 19th century, the Vliet Canal was the region’s main arterial waterway. Numerous travellers used the Trekvliet (Barge Canal) that was dug in 1638 to commute between the cities and villages on towing barges and other vessels.
The walk will take you along part of the beach ridge and part of the Vliet Canal. The total route covers 10 kilometres (6.2 miles). Alternatively, you can shorten the route to 5 kilometres (3.1 miles). Both on the map and in the field, you will find indications for a shorter route near the Vreugd en Rust country estate (number 1).