Want to escape the city for a while? Not in the mood for hustle and bustle? Then check out this cycle trail. If you cycle briskly from Central Station, in no time you will find yourself in a peaceful haven. After crossing the Schellingwouder bridge (junction 52), you leave the city is behind you and will see the vast Waterland stretching in front of you. An open peat meadow area through which old stream channels of the peat rivers the Ae and the Die windingly meander. Cycle along equally winding dykes and paths through a richly floral area with endless grasslands, swaying reed and numerous ponds. In the small villages, such as Durgerdam and Holysloot for example, the typical Waterland dwellings (often made of wood with many coiling details) and bridges remind us of bygone times, as though time has stood still here.
Half way along the trail you cycle into the village of Zuiderwoude. A so-called ribbon village where, in the past, the houses were built side by side along the dyke. The elevation was necessary because at that time the peat soaked up water like a sponge. Then the area was drained and the peat sank. All that remains is a historical rural village with beautiful farmhouses and wooden houses surrounding a pretty Church.
You can extend the trail by 20 kilometers by following the red lines. In that case, after junction 54, you follow the numbers: 55-56-99-51-52 and skip junction 53. Between junction 99 an 51 you can take the Marken Express with your bike. Don’t forget you must buy a ticket.