A cycling tour on small farm roads and cycling paths in a wide open
After leaving Amersfoort behind we cycle through de Schammer en Bloeidaal , former
farmland given back to nature. It consists of wet grassland, reed beds
and marsh land.
We will visit a cheese farm and country shop (de Kopermolen , optional
On the terrace they serve an excellent cup of
coffee with homemade pie.
After passing Huis Hoevelaken (The Hoevelaken Estate) we
cycle on small farm roads and cycling paths towards Nijkerk .
In the 18th
century Nijkerk was a flourishing merchant city. Many buildings in the
historic centre date from this period.
We continue our journey along
the Arkervaart (canal) and reach the Nijkerker Nauw (Nijkerk Narrow) part of the
former Zuiderzee. The water separates the young Flevopolder and old
the Arkemheen polder. We cycle on the dike where we see the
Flevopolder drained between 1950 and 1968 across the water. The
Arkemheen polder is one of the oldest Dutch polders, dating from the
The Hertog Reijnout (optional visit) steam powered pumping-station
with its two outer waterwheels drained this polder for 100 years,
until 1983. Nowadays an electric facility regulates the water
level. However, in extreme circumstances the old steam powered pumping
station is still used.
The Arkemheen polder is characterized by picturesque views
of beautiful meadows, meandering brooks, old farms, dikes, rare plants
and grazing cattle. It is the perfect breeding ground for a wide
variety of birds. Excellent cycle paths through modern Amersfoort take
us back to the city centre.