Looking for the other North Holland? Then take a walk through West Friesland. Within the Omringdijk you will find plenty of nature and cultural history.
You set off to the old villages of Hoogkarspel and Grootebroek. Characteristic Frisian farmhouses and the dialect betray that this region belonged to Frisian territory for a long time in the Middle Ages, because the inhabitants did not want to submit to the counts of Holland.
In nature reserve De Weelen you can see the reclamation pattern from the Middle Ages, with ditches that run from north to south. Farming was practiced on those small strips until the 1960s. Above the horizon rises the 49 meter high water tower of Hoogkarspel, built in 1930. From a distance it looks like a church tower. Remains of a burial mound and agricultural settlement dating from 1000 BC have been found nearby.