Herring & Hemp Trail

(13,0 km)
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 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 at one of the cozy vafés or restaurants to start the day with a cup of coffee. Then you set course from to Grootschermer through the Eilandspolder. In this wetland you can spot all kinds of protected bird species such as the curlew, black-tailed godwit, lapwing, spoonbill and reed warbler. In the dyke village of Grootschermer you can stop to admire the Dorpskerk (church) and the Raadhui (historic town hall).

On the way from Grootschermer to Driehuizen a…

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 at one of the cozy vafés or restaurants to start the day with a cup of coffee. Then you set course from to Grootschermer through the Eilandspolder. In this wetland you can spot all kinds of protected bird species such as the curlew, black-tailed godwit, lapwing, spoonbill and reed warbler. In the dyke village of Grootschermer you can stop to admire the Dorpskerk (church) and the Raadhui (historic town hall).

On the way from Grootschermer to Driehuizen and Noordeinde, you can look out over the Schermer polder, the last large polder to be reclaimed in North Holland. From Noordeinde you walk through Graft, which was once prosperous due to the herring fishing and hemp cultivation, and De Rijp. On the last part of the route, admire the beautiful stained glass windows of the Grote Kerk (church) in De Rijp. This is a true work of art, especially in the summer months!

During your walk, take some time to stroll through the picturesque villages you pass. Look around and feel the history of the area. Admire beautiful buildings from days gone by such as historic town halls, take a look in Graft's smallest shop for a bit of old Dutch candy or visit the various museums on the route. Just like going back in time. Along the way you will come across plenty of nice restaurants for a refreshing drink or tasty lunch.

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

Useful information:
Free parking is possible on the Jan Ploegerlaan. Then start your route by turning right at the VVV de Rijp onto the Rechtestraat.

Dit ga je zien

Startpunt: Jan Ploegerlaan
De Rijp
1

Raadhuis De Rijp

Raadhuis De Rijp
Kleine Dam 1
1483 BJ De Rijp
Buitenkant van het raadhuis
Raadhuis De Rijp
2

Museum In 't Houten Huis

Museum In 't Houten Huis
Tuingracht 13
1483 AP DE RIJP
Museum in 't Houten Huis
Museum In 't Houten Huis
12 66 42 43
3

Dorpskerk Grootschermer

Dorpskerk Grootschermer
Zuideinde 3
1843 JL Grootschermer
Dorpskerk Grootschermer
1 32
4

Raadhuis Grootschermer

Raadhuis Grootschermer
Scheepjeserf 1
1843 JE Grootschermer
Buitenkant van het raadhuis
Raadhuis Grootschermer
60 59 58 69 53
5

De Grafter zerkenvloer

Zerkenvloer Voormalige Grafter Kerk
Raadhuisstraat
1484 EN Graft
De Grafter zerkenvloer
6

Bram & Aagie

Bram & Aagie
Raadhuisstraat 21
1484 EN Graft
Bram & Aagie
7

Raadhuis Graft

Raadhuis Graft
Raadhuisstraat 22
1484 EN Graft
Raadhuis Graft
41
8

Museum Jan Boon

Museum Jan Boon
Rechtestraat 146
1483 BG De Rijp
Museum Jan Boon
20
Eindpunt: Jan Ploegerlaan
De Rijp
12
66
42
43
1
32
60
59
58
69
53
41
20