© Frans Lemmens via Hollandse Hoogte
Mud Flat Walking
Wadlopen is an exciting and adventurous way to get acquainted with a beautiful nature reserve in the north of the Netherlands. During low tide the sand banks fall dry which makes it possible to walk on the seabed.
The very fact that the hikers have to sometimes fight their way through layers of mud, surrounded by nothing else but sea, sand and wind, makes it a very arduous expedition. Mudwalking is also called ‘horizontal alpinism’ and it is definitely not something for the fainthearted.
All groups are accompanied by experienced guides. They take the group across the seabed, pointing out the birds, fish and plants along the way. Occasionally one stumbles on a group of seals resting on a sandbank, or spots a jellyfish draped on the sand. All guides have to go through three years of rigorous training on weather, tides, emergency aid, flora and fauna.