Round Avifauna - Meije 63.3 km

Cycling in Alphen aan den Rijn, South Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 145486

Provided by: Martin van der Valk, Zuid-Holland (NL)

3377 7
62.9 km
03:42 h
1109 kcal
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The Avifauna-Meije route is a 63 km route along the Nieuwkoopse Plassen. The route can be shortened in several ways. De Meije is a (ribbon) village between Zwammerdam/Bodegraven, Zegveld, Woerdense Verlaat and Nieuwkoop. The village is divided over three municipalities, Bodegraven, Woerden and Nieuwkoop, and two provinces, South Holland and Utrecht. You will find several pleasant gardens, terraces and shops with regional products from the Green Heart. Such as"de Boomgaard\\\" with a lovely terrace or"de Blauwe Meije\\\", where I was warmly welcomed with coffee and apple pie. It is breeding season again, so there is a good chance that you will encounter young grebes, ducks or geese along the lakes. Blue herons and purple herons breed in the tops of the willow and alder groves. This is the largest colony of purple herons in the Netherlands. The area is also one of the main breeding grounds for black terns and black-headed gulls. And you might even spot an otter! After almost 40 years, the otter has been spotted again around the Nieuwkoopse Plassen. You will find a watchtower on the bicycle path (Hollandse Kade) in Woerdense Verlaat (nr 80). This 4 meter high tower on the edge of the De Haeck nature reserve offers a beautiful view over the"Wijde van de Vliet\\\" and"Bleigaten\\\" and overlooks, among other things, the purple heron colony. A visit to the Nieuwkoopseplassen Visitor Center is also a nice stopover. Take a boat trip here or view one of the exhibitions.
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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
Hoorn, 2404HG, Alphen aan den Rijn, South Holland, The Netherlands 0.00 km
9 (Stadhuisplein, 2405SH, Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 1.91 km
4 (Rosmolen, 2406JX, Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 3.48 km
10 (Kortsteekterweg, 2407AE, Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 3.95 km
3 (Treinweg, 2407BJ, Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 4.97 km
88 (Buitenkerk, 2471XL, Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 7.98 km

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  • Alphen aan den Rijn, South Holland
  • Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland
  • Nieuwkoop, Zuid-Holland
  • Woerden, Utrecht
  • Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, Zuid-Holland
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