Walking through the Weerribben

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Steenwijkerland
  • 19.80 km (Approximately 04:57 u)
  • Hiking route 343920

Walking through the Weerribben

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Steenwijkerland
  • 19.80 km (Approximately 04:57 u)
  • Hiking route 343920

Experience the silence of the Weerribben? Put on your hiking boots to penetrate deep into this nature reserve. However pristine the Weerribben looks, it was created by cutting peat for centuries.

The Weerribben
De Weerribben is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the Netherlands. And one of the quietest. You mainly hear nature here: the wind rustling through the reeds, the singing of reed warblers and reed warblers. And if you hear a splash in the water, it could be a duck, but it could also be an otter. In the spring, however, the many birds make for a bustle, although this will sound like music to most nature lovers.

You walk a few kilometers along the bank of the Kalenbergergracht. The thin reed that grows here is often used as a covering on the hood and wooden octagon of windmills. Ossenzijl and Kalenberg are located on this canal, a sailing village that was only accessible by boat until the late 1950s. On the Hoogeweg you see (at number 2) a former paint shop. The route ends at Restaurant Ant Waeter where you can enjoy a quiet meal on the terrace by the water.

Polder mills on the Hoogeweg
On the Hoogeweg you can also see several nineteenth-century farm workers' houses. Small farmers once lived here who earned money in winter by cutting reed or digging peat. There are also three mills on this road. The Wicher is a 1982 spider mill that drains the surrounding area. The mill is a replacement of a similar mill that was demolished here in 1943. You can also see the Tjasker Kalenberg from 1963 and the Tjasker Ossenzijl from 1977. Both are still capable of grinding, they supply the surrounding peat with water. Would you also like to explore this region by bike? Then drive route 343922.


# Description Distance
Restaurant Ant Waeter (Wetering West, 8363 TN, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
d34 (Heuvenpad, 8377HH, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 2.82 km
d32 (8377HL, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 3.72 km
a23 (8376HA, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 8.33 km
a22 (8376HA, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 8.45 km
A21 (8376EN, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 8.80 km

Pause places

Restaurant Ant Waeter

Wetering West 77
8363 TN Steenwijkerland

Restaurant Ant Waeter is located in the middle of the Weerribben, the beautiful wetland nature reserve that is part of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park. The restaurant is located in a former farm, which makes the restaurant extra attractive. Everywhere you look in this area you see water. It is therefore not surprising that this restaurant borders on the water, you have a beautiful view from the terrace. You can come here for a cup of coffee with fresh apple pie, a snack from the small menu or an extensive meal. There is also a B&B and a mini-camping nearby.



Tjasker 23
8376 EG Steenwijkerland

Relatively speaking, this tjaskermolen is still very young compared to other mills in the Netherlands. The mill dates from 1977. The polder land behind it is still supplied with water by the mill today.

De Wicher

De Wicher 3
8377 EL Steenwijkerland

Molen de Wicher is a spider head from 1982. Spider heads are small windmills that are rare and that fact alone makes this windmill worth a visit.


Tjasker 2
8377 EL Steenwijkerland

This mill is also called the Tjasker Kalenberg. The small windmill was built in 1963 and used to be used in several places in the head of Overijsel to drain small plots of land.

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