Low-lying peat areas around De Rijp

Beemster, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 410047

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47.9 km
02:48 h
843 kcal
1 m


In the heart of North Holland you will find several low-lying peat areas in the Alkmaar area. Cycle past countless farm ditches, flat meadows and reed collars along the water. Polder mills should of course not be missing in such a typically Dutch landscape as this and you will see plenty of them on this route.

The Eilandspolder and the Wormer and Jisperveld
You get on your bike in the village of De Rijp in the Eilandspolder, a nature reserve full of low peat. This watery area was equipped with dikes in the 13th century. The polder is the habitat of all kinds of meadow birds such as curlews, godwits and water birds. From this polder you cycle through Stompetoren, along the Alkmaarder Meer and through Wormer and Jisp to the Wormer and Jisperveld nature reserve. Along the way you will pass Fort bij Spijkerboor, the largest fort of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. This fort was built in 1913 to defend the junction of canals and dikes at Spijkerboor.

Polder mills
A Dutch landscape is nothing without windmills. On this route you cycle past Poldermolen M, which was built in 1635. This mill used to drain section M of the Schermer. Nowadays this area is drained by an electric pumping station. The second mill on the route is De Koker. This flour mill from 1866 is located a little outside of Wormer and was used to grind grain. The mill is still kept running today.
Fort to visit-DO NOT USE Restaurant Windmill Fort

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# Description Distance
61 (1483HB, Beemster, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
29 (Westdijk, 1636XA, Beemster, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.16 km
28 (1636XT, Beemster, North Holland, The Netherlands) 5.49 km
27 (1636VJ, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 7.02 km
79 (1841, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 11.08 km
78 (1841JD, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 12.68 km


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