Towpath route from TOP Nieuwkoop
This cycle route starts from TOP Nieuwkoop and runs along the rivers Kromme Mijdrecht and the winding Meije and Nieuwkoopse Plassen.
The municipality of Nieuwkoop was created on excavated peat soils and is characterized by wide lakes, extensive polders and beautiful nature reserves.
The Nieuwkoopse Plassen have been created since the 16th century by peat painting of the area. Peat was dredged on a large scale to be used as peat. In addition to the lakes, the area around Nieuwkoop has many reed beds, which give the eastern part of the area a wide and open character.
A few tips
Seven Jump Farm
The VVV office and the Historical and Polder Museum are located in this old farm. You can go to the tourist office for tourist information and routes. The museum shows the history of Nieuwkoop and its surroundings.
Address: Noordenseweg 23. Tel: 0172-571 120
Visitor center Nieuwkoopse Plassen
The visitor center of Natuurmonumenten is approximately 600 meters away. You will find an interactive exhibition about the marsh nature in the Nieuwkoopse Plassen, a changing exhibition and catering. You can also buy the latest cycling, walking and canoe map Nieuwkoopse Plassen here.
Address: Reghthuysplein 22. Tel: 0172-52 00 10
The Green Jonker nature reserve
The De Groene Jonker nature reserve, which opened in 2007, is certainly worth exploring. The variety in nature ensures a special range of meadow and marsh birds. A hiking trail with several viewpoints runs through the area. In the spring and summer you can see the spoonbill spooning together its meal and in the winter thousands of ducks and geese spend the winter here. A fantastic face.
Nature experience trail
The Nieuwkoopse Plassen were created by painting. The islands in the lakes have special flora and fauna and are protected nature reserves. On the island of Geitenkamp you can take a walk on a beautiful nature experience path. You can reach Geitenkamp by canoe, electro or whisper boat from the Plaszicht marina. Address: Dorpsstraat 114. Tel: 0172-571786
Work shed Natuurmonumenten
On the other side of the Nieuwkoopse Plassen you will find the work shed of Natuurmonumenten at bicycle junction 57. The Oudshoornpad starts from the work shed, which goes through meadows and over fences. You can also take a walk through nature reserve De Haeck.
You reach the work shed via bicycle junctions 83 and 57, the Zonneveer sails between these junctions (May to Aug). By car you drive (from the TOP) via Noorden and Achttienhoven (Bosweg). Address: Hollandsekade 23, Woerdense Verlaat.
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