Love for windmills Ammerstol, Nieuw-Lekkerland and Alblasserdam

Cycling in Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 116050

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When you think of Alblasserdam as a cyclist, it is almost inevitable that you think of windmills. The vast peat area is intersected by ditches, canals and two small rivers: the Alblas and the Giessen. The area derives its characteristic, historical identity, in particular from the many windmills along the Kinderdijk in Nieuw-Lekkerland. The mills are on the World Heritage List and are iconic for the area. All these mills ensured that the excess water, which reached the Alblasserwaard when floods occurred, was pumped up. It was then discharged into the river through sluices. In World War II, this even happened without electrical assistance. The nineteen windmills that you can find around the Kinderdijk are: Nederwaard No. 1, Nederwaard No. 2 (museum), Nederwaard No. 3, Nederwaard No. 4, Nederwaard No. 5, Nederwaard No. 6, Nederwaard No. 7 and Nederwaard No. 8. All these mills were built in 1738. They are beautiful, round, stone ground sailors with an iron paddle wheel that drain the low bosom of the Nederwaard. Of the mills, number 8 is the only mill that has never been raised and therefore the rods of this ground sailor are shorter than the rest. Also Overwaard No. 1, Overwhelmed No. 2, Overwaard No. 3, Overwaard No.4, Overwaard No. 5, Overwaard No. 6, Overwaard No. 7 and Overwaard No. 8 are impressive to watch. These mills are also ground sailers, but have an octagonal hull. In number 2 an accident with a gas bottle took place in 1981 and that mill burned down. The mill was rebuilt and officially commissioned by Prince Claus in 1985. The mills are used to drain the low basin of the Overwaard, but some mills are also used as homes. The other windmills around the Kinderdijk are De Blokker, the Hoge Molen and the Kleine Molen. All three are ground sailors, but De Blokker, also known as the Blokweerse Molen, is an odd one out because it is a seesaw mill instead of a round stone mill or an octagon. The windmills along the Kinderdijk are not the only windmills you will encounter on your bike ride. Near Streefkerk is the De Liefde windmill, a tower mill from 1893. The mill is also called'In Liefde Draaiende\\\' and was previously called'De Hoop\\\'. It is an octagonal tower mill from 1893, which has a wooden substructure. De Liefde was built to replace an octagonal ground sailer that went up in flames and was in operation until about 1970. The year of construction of the Kleine Molen, also known as the Kleine Tiendweg Molen, is unknown. What is known is that the seesaw mill used to be part of a mill corridor with three lower and two upper mills. It can be established that the mill dates from before 1751. In 1977/1978 the mill was restored. The mill is capable of grinding in circuit, because the two upper mills that drained the water were destroyed by fire. The Achtkante Molen van Streefkerk was built around 1761. The mill is made of wood and thatched. The mill was in operation until 1951 and was extensively restored in 1970/1971. In this way it was made fully capable of grinding again and in 1972 it was able to run at full speed again. Today the mill runs in a circuit, because the water can no longer be pumped out. Not only will you come across mills that are still in working order, but you will also see mill ruins. The Regt (hull/remainder) and the Sluismolen Foundation (hull/remainder) are striking examples. The latter is the remnant of a seesaw mill that burned down completely in June 1979. The damage was so great that it was never repaired, but the mill was dismantled earlier (in 1970) and thus lost its function anyway. The foundation of the mill has been preserved as a national monument. During the second part of the route you will also come across a well-preserved mill corridor of three seesaw mills in Groot-Ammers: the Achterlandse Molen, the Graaflandse Molen, the Gelkenes Molen. The mills are believed to have been built around 1596 or even earlier. The three mills drained the Liesveld polder until 1965. The Achtkante Molen is the last windmill on the route. This mill is also in Groot-Ammers, but it stands out among the previous seesaw mills because of its shape. The mill from 1805 replaces a seesaw mill, which burned down earlier that year. This mill also drained the Liesveld polder until the mid-seventies of the twentieth century.
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