Explore Groot Ammers and its surroundings

Cycling in Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 184729

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1377 12
70.7 km
04:09 h
1246 kcal
3 m
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When you think of Alblasserdam as a cyclist, it is almost inevitable that you think of windmills. The vast peat area is intersected by ditches, canals and two small rivers: the Alblas and the Giessen. The area derives its characteristic, historical identity with names from the many windmills along the Kinderdijk in Nieuw-Lekkerland.

 

The mills are on the World Heritage List and are iconic for the area. All these mills ensured that the excess water, which reached the Alblasserwaard when floods occurred, was pumped up. It was then discharged into the river through sluices. In the Second World War, this even happened without electrical assistance.

 

But along the way you will also come across other windmills that are not on the Kinderdijk. The first mill you see is even a mill ruin. The Sluismolen Foundation (hull/remainder) is the remnant of a seesaw mill that burned down completely in June 1979. The damage was so great that it was never repaired, but the mill was dismantled earlier (in 1970) and thus lost its function anyway. The foundation of the mill has been preserved as a national monument.

 

The Achtkante Mill is also on the route. This mill is also located in Groot-Ammers, but it stands out among the previous seesaw mills because of its shape. The mill from 1805 replaces a seesaw mill, which burned down earlier that year. This mill also drained the Liesveld polder until the mid-seventies of the twentieth century.

The building of the Little Mill, also known as the Kleine Tiendweg Mill, is unknown. What is known is that the seesaw mill used to be part of a mill corridor with three lower and two upper mills. It can be established that the mill dates from before 1751. In 1977/1978 the mill was restored. The mill is capable of grinding in circuit, because the two upper mills that drained the water were destroyed by fire.

 The Oude Weteringmolen in Streefkerk is also a seesaw mill. The mill dates from 1751 or earlier and has been in operation for 200 years. The mill grinds in a circuit, because the old waterways no longer exist.

Then you pass a seesaw mill from 1581. The Broekmolen was built with an open paddle wheel. He drained the polder of Streefkerk until 1951.

 

On the Molenkade of the Smoutjesvliet in Goudriaan, the Goudriaan windmill shows off. This polder mill was built in 1779 to drain the Oud-Goudriaan polder. He replaced another seesaw mill that had been here before. Because the mill is inhabited, it cannot be visited.

There is still a seesaw mill in Langerak, but this one is even older than the previous one. The mill was installed in 1652, along with two other mills. The mill has always been well maintained and parts that needed to be replaced were also received. In this way it withstood the test of time and a voluntary miller can still drain the polder with the Westermolen.

Next you will see the Achtkante Molen. This mill is also located in Groot-Ammers, but it stands out among the previous seesaw mills because of its shape. The mill from 1805 replaces a seesaw mill, which burned down earlier that year. This mill also drained the Liesveld polder until the mid-seventies of the twentieth century.

During the second part of the route you will also come across a well-preserved mill corridor of three seesaw mills in Groot-Ammers: the Achterlandse Molen, the Graaflandse Molen, the Gelkenes Molen. The mills are believed to have been built around 1596 or even earlier. The three mills drained the Liesveld polder until 1965.


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Directions

# Description Distance
Kleijburgplein, 2957 AT, Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands 0.00 km
5
5 (2941AM, Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 3.63 km
Fundering Sluismolen (romp/restant) (2959AE, Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 3.94 km
Achtkante Molen (2959CE, Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 4.29 km
Kleine Tiendweg (2959CE, Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 4.53 km
5
5 (2941AM, Molenlanden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 5.22 km

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