Herring & Hemp walking route

Hiking in Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands

Hiking route 758441

Provided by: Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

3146 111
13.1 km
03:17 h
746 kcal
1 m
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Between Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Hoorn and Purmerend you will find a beautiful peat meadow area that lends itself well to a voyage of discovery. This area used to be a prosperous island and that is why it is called the Eilandspolder. Come and relax here.

The Eilandspolder
The starting point of this route is on the edge of the village of De Rijp and the hamlet of Klaterbuurt. Here you can settle down on Bij Ernst's terrace to start the day with a cup of coffee. Then you set course from here to Grootschermer through the Eilandspolder. In this wetland meadow landscape you can spot all kinds of protected bird species such as curlew, black-tailed godwit, lapwing, spoonbill and reed warbler. In the dike village of Grootschermer you can take a look at the Museum and Sculpture Garden Nic Jonk. You can also enjoy a snack and a drink at Café-Restaurant het Genot van Grootschermer.

De Schermer polder
On the way from Grootschermer to Driehuizen and Noordeinde, you can look out over the De Schermer polder, the last large polder in North Holland. From Noordeinde you walk through Graft, which was once prosperous due to the herring catch and hemp cultivation, and De Rijp back to the starting point of the route.

Back in time
Set aside time during your walk to meander through the lovely villages you pass. Here is the history for the taking. Admire beautiful buildings from days gone by such as historic town halls or take a look at Graft's smallest shop for a bit of old Dutch candy. Just like going back in time.

Please note: this route is not accessible during the breeding season from March 15 to June 15.

Would you like to know more about Laag Holland? Then look at this page.
Parking Tourist office Tourist idea Church Bicycle cafe Restaurant Nature reserve-OLD Museum Monument Tourist landmark
Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

In Laag Holland are the rustic villages of yesteryear. While cycling you will find Dutch history in the beautiful straight polder lines and the protected city and village views. Low Holland is a national landscape. The Defense Line of Amsterdam and the Beemster have been placed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO.

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# Description Distance
12 (1483AN, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
66 (Oosteinde, 1483AE, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.21 km
Eilandspolder (1483 AA, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.54 km
42 (1464PB, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.66 km
43 (1843JP, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.74 km
1 (1843JT, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.55 km

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