Along the Zevenhuizerplas and the Rottemeren

Cycling in Zuidplas, South Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 144212

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12118 184
27.7 km
01:37 h
487 kcal
-1 m
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Like much of the Netherlands, the Bleiswijk area was once a peat bog. Because the towns around Bleiswijk grew after the Middle Ages, the peat was further excavated. In the eighteenth century, however, the peat lakes overflowed, after which it was decided to drain a large part of this area. Only the Rottemeren remained, a system of different lakes that are connected to each other. They are widenings of the river Rotte. After the reclamation, the surrounding polders started to settle and paint, so that the Rottemeren are now higher than the polders. Around the Rottemeren is a recreation area of 900 hectares, which is great for cycling. The route leads you along the Zevenhuizerplas to the east side of the Rottemeren. Here you drive past a number of beautiful windmills. First you pass the Eendrachtsmolen built in 1727, a ground sailor that drained the Eendragtspolder on your right. The Eendrachtsmolen got its current name when it was the only one left from the former mill corridor. The ground sailer is still turning to refresh the water of the Rotte. A little further on is the windmill quadrangle that provided the drainage of the Tweemanspolder. The four windmills in a row are typical Dutch gems in the flat landscape. You cycle right past two of the four: Tweemanspolder Molen 3 (from 1792) and Tweemanspolder Molen 4 (from 1722). You can see the other two in the distance. The windmill quarter can also be admired in motion: twice a month the mills turn on Saturdays. At Moerkapelle the route bends. Via Zevenhuizen you reach the other side of the Eendragtspolder. The 2 km long Willem-Alexander Baan rowing course is located in this wetland lake area. It was opened in 2013 by (then) Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. There are regular (inter)national rowing competitions. You can enjoy cycling on the quays around the rowing course. In this swampy area there is also a watchtower that offers you a beautiful view of the skyline of Rotterdam and the polder around you. The route starts and ends at Van der Valk Rotterdam-Nieuwerkerk, located on the edge of Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel in a calm and green environment. An ideal place to relax, for example with a luxurious wellness treatment. You can also have a delicious lunch or dinner in the atmospheric restaurant, the menu offers varied dishes. You can enjoy a snack and a drink on the beautiful terrace. The luxurious and spacious rooms are fully equipped. After an overnight stay you will be completely refreshed and ready to drive route 144214. The hotel rents out bicycles with 7 gears and E-bikes, even if you don't use the accommodation! On the left side of the entrance is a gauge that indicates that this hotel is located at the lowest point in the Netherlands: 6.76 meters below NAP. This point was created in 1841 when the Zuidplaspolder was drained.
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# Description Distance
Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam-Nieuwerkerk (2914 LE, Zuidplas, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
3
3 (Westringdijk, 2913LL, Zuidplas, South Holland, The Netherlands) 2.94 km
91
91 (Wollefoppenweg, 2761DP, Zuidplas, South Holland, The Netherlands) 6.05 km
92
92 (Rottekade, 2761DW, Zuidplas, South Holland, The Netherlands) 6.83 km
93
93 (2661JM, Zuidplas, South Holland, The Netherlands) 7.45 km
94
94 (2665KR, Lansingerland, South Holland, The Netherlands) 8.77 km

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