Cycling through the Land of Leeghwater

Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 556022

Provided by: Groots Genieten

33.2 km
01:57 h
584 kcal
1 m

Description

The Land of Leeghwater was created thanks to the famous hydraulic engineer Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater (1575 -1650). This route takes you through some of his polders, such as De Schermer. The Golden Age lives on in the landscape here!

Schermer Mills
In the Schermerpolder you can still see some of the ancient mills that drained the area, such as the Poldermolen M from 1635. What a beautiful picture! In Stompetoren you will pass the Reformed Church (without spire) from 1663. A little later you will see three
beautiful ironing mills appear on the horizon. Two date back to 1631, the last (Strijkmolen I) was built in 1864, after its predecessor was burned down by lightning.

Wet Island Polder
You cycle along the Eilandpolder, a marshy peat area. Even the farmers sometimes have to use their barges to get to the cows. From the saddle you have beautiful views over long plots of grassland and reed-lined ditches. In Grootschermer and Graf you can see many monumental buildings, such as farms. In both villages there is a jewel of a town hall from the seventeenth century! 

Bicycle cafe Windmill

Height Profile

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.

Directions

# Description Distance
77
77 (1847LL, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Poldermolen M (Poldermolen M, 1841GA, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.22 km
78
78 (1841JD, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.35 km
79
79 (1841, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.94 km
52
52 (1842GP, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.38 km
2
2 (1645RD, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 9.51 km

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