Get some fresh air on the West Frisian Omringdijk

Cycling in Enkhuizen, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 335194

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70.2 km
04:07 h
1237 kcal
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In Westfriesland you can make wonderful cycling trips. The landscape consists of vast polders with endless views and atmospheric towns such as Enkhuizen, Medemblik and Hoorn. You will also find all kinds of fascinating sights in this area.

The West Frisian Omringdijk
A large part of this route leads you over the Westfriese Omringdijk. This 126 kilometer long dike has protected West Friesland from the sea for centuries. The dike still meanders through the landscape in many places, but it has largely lost its function as a flood defence. Only between Hoorn and Medemblik does the dike still provide protection against seawater. Here you can get a breath of fresh air along the IJsselmeer and enjoy the panoramic views. At Oosterdijk you can clearly see that the water on one side of the dike is higher than the land on the other side. Not surprising, since a large part of the Netherlands is below sea level.

The Koopmanspolder
Between Andijk and Wervershoof you cycle along the Koopmanspolder. The everyday inland grassland with ponds has been transformed here into a veritable work of art in the form of a whirlpool. Visual artist Ben Raaijman designed the shape of the polder. So you can really feast your eyes here. You can travel the distance between junction 90 and junction 60 with the steam tram from Medemblik to Hoorn. A very nice experience! View the current timetable .

The power of steam
Westfriesland has even more to offer in terms of steam in addition to the historic steam tram. For example, you can visit the Dutch Steam Engine Museum in Oosterdijk. This museum is located in the former pumping station'Vier Noorder Kogge\\\' from 1869. Here you can experience what life was like a hundred years ago when there was no electricity. Steam was then used to move all kinds of machines, including the steam pumping station.

This route is one of the 31 selected routes for the May Month of Cycling Month 2016. The May Month of Cycling Month has been a major event for recreational cyclists for many years. provides cycling enthusiasts every year in May with beautiful cycling routes in collaboration with VVV and partners. Curious about the origins of this month for cycling enthusiasts?
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# Description Distance
VVV Enkhuizen e.o. (Stationsplein, 1601EM, Enkhuizen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
30 (1601GK, Enkhuizen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.34 km
14 (1602HG, Enkhuizen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.24 km
15 (Dijkweg, 1619JA, Medemblik, North Holland, The Netherlands) 11.57 km
16 (Dijkweg, 1619JP, Medemblik, North Holland, The Netherlands) 15.84 km
57 (1693BM, Medemblik, North Holland, The Netherlands) 18.01 km

Place name directory

  • Enkhuizen, North Holland
  • Medemblik, North Holland
  • Koggenland, North Holland
  • Hoorn, North Holland
  • Drechterland, North Holland
  • Stede Broec, North Holland
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