A tour of Alkmaarder and Uitgeestermeer

Cycling in Castricum, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 530880

Provided by: Groots Genieten

1361 50
41.9 km
02:27 h
738 kcal
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Description

In the vicinity of Alkmaar you will find one polder after another. Vast polders, ditches, canals and other bodies of water and polder mills form the landscape here. You will hardly find a more Dutch landscape anywhere. Enjoy breathtaking views of the flat land along the way.

The Eilandspolder
This route starts on the Eilandspolder, a low moor area that lies between the Beemster and Schermer reclaimed land. This area was provided with dikes in the 13th century. At the time, the polder was still surrounded by numerous lakes, but these have all been drained over the centuries. In this area you will find many meadow birds such as the curlew and the black-tailed godwit. You then cycle through the polder to Stompetoren via Avenhorn. Along the way you will cycle past Ondermolen O, a polder mill from 1633 that drained part of the Schermer. The mill is still running on a voluntary basis. A little further on you cycle past the second mill on the route: Poldermolen M. This mill was built in 1635 to drain another part of the Schermer.

The ripe
The village of De Rijp forms the base of this route. This was once a thriving fishing town known for herring fishing. Rijp's coat of arms, which consists of two herrings, still reminds us of this time. The village has a protected townscape and you can't wait to see all the historic buildings. You can rent a whisper boat here to explore the wetland area by boat.
Charging station Church Bicycle cafe Restaurant Windmill Tourist landmark

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Directions

# Description Distance
De Oude Keuken (Oude Parklaan, 1901 ZZ, Castricum, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
De Oude Keuken (Oude Parklaan, 1901 ZZ, Castricum, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
17
17 (1906BH, Castricum, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.41 km
18
18 (1902MG, Castricum, North Holland, The Netherlands) 5.24 km
19
19 (1902, Castricum, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.54 km
54
54 (1921AN, Castricum, North Holland, The Netherlands) 8.52 km

Place name directory

  • Castricum, North Holland
  • Alkmaar, North Holland
  • Wormerland, North Holland
  • Zaanstad, North Holland
  • Uitgeest, North Holland
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