From city to polder

Cycling in Heiloo, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 178642

Provided by: Groots Genieten

1401 55
34.4 km
02:01 h
605 kcal
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Explore the cozy courtyards of Alkmaar, cycle along the old canals and discover the narrow streets. Don't miss a visit to the traditional cheese market, for which the"Cheese City\\\" became so famous and soak up the atmosphere of the historic center, which has hundreds of beautiful municipal and national monuments. The city center and the Westerhoutkwartier are protected cityscape for a reason! Four mills (Strijkmolen B, Strijkmolen C, Strijkmolen D and Strijkmolen E) are located in Alkmaar, but once there were a total of fourteen of this type of mills. Three of the four mills are ground sailors built in 1630. Only Ironing Mill E was installed two years earlier, making it the oldest of these four mills. The ironing mills are located on the Molenkade and ground the water from various polders to the Schermerboezem. Now the mill is owned by the Molenstichting Alkmaar eo Outside Alkmaar it all looks very different. Enjoying cycling through the polders means a view of tight plots that are separated by ditches and channels at right angles to each other. It is an ingenious example of water management, of which approximately 4000 can be found in the Netherlands. The water level is artificially regulated and is lower than in the surrounding areas. The water level is regulated by polder mills, pumping stations or drainage sluices. Where the water has to be higher, a fixed, higher water level can be achieved with the help of weirs. The Noordermolen, which was probably built in 1589 as a replacement that was destroyed in 1573, drains the Groot-Limmerpolder. In 2014 he does this on a voluntary basis. The ground sailer was originally an inner porter, but it was converted into an upper porter in the 19th century.
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# Description Distance
heiloo (1851LN, Heiloo, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
34 (1851LJ, Heiloo, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.27 km
33 (1851HE, Heiloo, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.42 km
73 (Molenbuurt, 1811KD, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 5.23 km
74 (Kraanbuurt, 1811BK, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.19 km
1 (1811LP, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.53 km

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  • Heiloo, North Holland
  • Alkmaar, North Holland
  • Heerhugowaard, North Holland
  • Castricum, North Holland
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