This route takes you through the Weerribben and along the Rottige Meente. Besides the fact that these two nature areas were created by peat extraction, they share another important feature: it is wonderfully quiet.
You cycle for a while along the Linde, a river that forms the border between Overijssel and Friesland on this part. On your right is De Rottige Meente, a nature reserve where you will see a mosaic of water and land, reed and flowering grasslands. In this area live otters that have come to swim from the nearby Weerribben. At the intersection of Grindweg and Pieter Stuyvesantweg, you will pass the monument to Stuyvesant, the pastor's son who grew up in Scherpenzeel.
The Weerribben is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the Netherlands. And one of the quietest. In this swampy swamp area you drive along endless reed beds, brooks and watercourses. You will also pass characteristic sailing villages such as the Netherlands, Wetering and Ossenzijl where the thatched farmhouses often have black wooden walls. The route ends at Restaurant Ant Waeter where you can eat quietly on the terrace by the water.
Historical buildings and mills
There are two striking monumental windmills on the Rottige Meente. De Reiger is a former polder mill from 1871. Today the mill has a residential function. De Rietvink dates from 1855 and is a milling polder mill. On the Hoogeweg are De Wicher, a spider-head mill from 1982, and the Tjasker Kalenberg from 1963 and the Tjasker Ossenzijl from 1977. You can also see a painters 'house and several nineteenth-century farm workers' houses along this road. Small farmers once lived here who earned money in the winter by cutting reeds or digging peat. Would you also like to explore the Weerribben on foot? Then walk route 343920.
|Restaurant Ant Waeter (Wetering West, 8363 TN, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|42 (8362, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands)||3.81 km|
|14 (8377HL, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands)||6.74 km|
|10 (8376HA, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands)||11.35 km|
|5 (8376HE, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands)||11.71 km|
|32 (8482KH, Weststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands)||12.59 km|
Wetering West 77
8363 TN Steenwijkerland
8376 EG Steenwijkerland