Blokzijl, Giethoorn and Ossenzijl

Steenwijkerland - Overijssel - The Netherlands

Cycling route 123145

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46.24 km
815 kcal
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The nature of Weerribben-Wieden National Park was created under the influence of man. From the twelfth century, dikes were built so that the influence of the Zuiderzee diminished and the land prepared for habitation. After the discovery that dried peat was a good fuel, peat was cut in the Wieden for centuries and long, wide pulling holes were created. Peat extraction started later in the Weerribben and rules were set. Large pools have therefore not arisen in the Weerribben. The Wieden and the Weerribben together form one of the most important wetlands in Europe. Through peat extraction, this polder area has been considerably excavated in history. This has created the extensive reed fields, flowery hay fields. Water, a lot of water, in the form of pools, lakes, ponds, canals and fens stimulates the growth of special plants. The swamps are dense and here you will encounter pine wolf claw, swamp wolf claw, blond sedge and slender wool grass. Fish eaters such as the cormorant, the curlew, the black tern and the purple heron get their food from the waters of De Wieden, but also other birds of prey hunt above the meadows, and the marsh harrier and rare short-eared owl make on the quaking bogs, blue grasslands and fins. their prey. You park your car at Sluiszicht Blokzijl, at the lock of Blokzijl. You can have a nice bite to eat there before departure, so that you can start the almost fifty kilometers long journey full of energy. When you return, you can also dine extensively and enjoy your day outdoors.
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