As the name suggests, the cyclist will come across several ferries on this trail around the Alkmaarder and Uitgeester lake. The spurs of the lake have spread out onto the landscape and to prevent too many detours, all those patches of water must be crossed. Instead of bridges, the landscape managers chose ferries. An old-fashioned yet effective means of transport. There are no less than five on this trail, two of which are in fact self-service winch ferries with which you pull yourself across the water as it were.
Besides ferries, the Ferry Boat Trail also has other interesting landmarks, such as Fort Markenbinnen, that is part of the Stelling van Amsterdam (Defense Line of Amsterdam). But you can also see various polder windmills across the countryside, like the octagonal internal turner De Woudaap in Krommeniedijk, proving that in the past there was much more water here. Now all those surrounding lakes and ponds have been drained, which explains the many elevation differences in the landscape.
The village of De Rijp is ideal for a short break and a bite to eat or drink at one of the many cosy establishments. Or visit Museum In ’t Houten Huis, for an overview of the rich history of this former island and its once seafaring inhabitants. See how the poor peat soil forced them to take to the water and how they chose the open seas by way of the (reclaimed) Beemstermeer in the hunt for herring and whales.