Around the Rottige Meente

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Steenwijkerland
  • 39.56 km (Approximately 02:19 u)
  • Cycling route 343922

Around the Rottige Meente

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Steenwijkerland
  • 39.56 km (Approximately 02:19 u)
  • Cycling route 343922

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.

Rotten Meente
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.


# Description Distance
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

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.


Molen De Rietvink

De Rietvink
8481JC Weststellingwerf

The De Rietvink windmill is the first windmill built on the Grote Veenpolder. The mill was built in 1855. In 1921 an American wind motor was installed in the mill to keep the Veenpolder dry. The mill had different owners over the centuries until the mill finally fell out of operation in 1964. The mill was sold to an owner who furnished De Rietvink as a holiday home. By 2005 the mill had become very dilapidated due to a lack of maintenance and movement. A 2008 saw a better time at the mill when the mill was sold to new owners. They started extensive restorations as soon as possible with the help of mill makers and all kinds of volunteers. The mill was completely renovated and the environment was also cleaned up by pruning trees and shrubs. In 2010 the mill was finally up and running again after 16 years of inactivity. The mill has been running regularly ever since.

Molen De Reiger

De Reiger
8481JC Weststellingwerf

This mill is one of the five mills of the Grote Veenpolder. The mill was built in 1871 and over the years it has had different owners. In 1956 the mill was temporarily shut down because the mill was no longer in order. An attempt was made to repair the mill, but in 1958 the mill was finally shut down. The mill was sold to a new owner, who converted the mill into a weekend residence. In 1969 there was a small overhaul to restore the dilapidated mill, but the mill was no longer capable of turning. In 2005, the mill was renovated on a large scale, making the mill operational again. Yet the mill never ran, because it was mainly used as a home. In 2013 the blades finally made a few laps again after decades of inactivity. During the last refurbishment it was found that both rods of the mill date from 1871, the year of construction of the mill. That is quite unique.


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.

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