Alkmaar, Camperduin and Schoorldam

Cycling in Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 121681

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12491 213
55.5 km
03:15 h
978 kcal
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Description

The Schoorlse Duinen offer a magnificent view over the North Sea, but also show parts of Alkmaar and Bergen and lead through an extensive landscape of fields, dunes and forests. The moors, which can also be found in this area, are unique in combination with the dunes. Nowhere in the Netherlands are they wider or higher than here. With a bit of luck you can see a sand lizard scurrying between the dunes, hear a pheasant or a nightjar whistling and you can enjoy tens of thousands of blooming orchids or 800 different types of mushrooms. The cozy narrow streets of Alkmaar are also a feast for the eyes. Beautiful courtyards and beautiful canals will amaze you, but what really sets Alkmaar apart is of course the cheese market and the cheese museum. Explore the"Cheese City\\\" with its historic center, which has no fewer than 700 municipal and 339 national monuments. From the starting point of the cycle route you set course for windmill Harger, which was built in 1904 to drain the Harger and Pettemer polders. The thatched, octagonal mill is an inner porter, which is not uncommon in Noord-Holland polder mills. This groundsailer was built to replace a defunct mill in 1799 and milled solely on wind power until 1962. The second mill that you encounter during the bike ride is ground sailor Groeter, or the Groetermolen. The octagonal inner porter was built in 1890 to drain the Groeterpolder, which had 220 hectares. Until 1977, the clumsy mill only operated on wind power, but in that year an electric pump was installed to make grinding easier. This mill is also owned by the Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier. The last point of interest on this route is also a mill. This is placed in Schoorldam and is called"Kijkduin\\\". There was already a mill on this spot in 1575, which is believed to have been a post mill. The current round stone ground sailer was built in 1772 on a small elevation as a flour mill. The mill milled grain on a professional basis until 1935, but when it stopped, the municipality of Bergen bought the mill and kept the building as a monument. Nowadays Kijkduin grinds grain on a voluntary basis and flour products are sold. When the mill is running, it can also be viewed from the inside. When you return to the starting point of the route, you can have your bike checked thoroughly at Profile Hans de Boer. As a true bicycle enthusiast, it is important to maintain your steel steed well and at this bicycle specialist you also receive a 10 euro discount on a service or repairs to your bicycle.
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Directions

# Description Distance
Profile Hans de Boer (Europaboulevard, 1825SH, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
71
71 (1825AT, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.37 km
49
49 (1861ER, Bergen (NH), North Holland, The Netherlands) 5.97 km
48
48 (1861GJ, Bergen (NH), North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.84 km
47
47 (1871PA, Bergen (NH), North Holland, The Netherlands) 11.09 km
46
46 (Schoorlse Zeeweg, 1871GZ, Bergen (NH), North Holland, The Netherlands) 13.23 km

Place name directory

  • Alkmaar, North Holland
  • Bergen (NH), North Holland
  • Schagen, North Holland
  • Langedijk, North Holland
  • Heerhugowaard, North Holland
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