Windmill cycle routes

Published on 28 April 2014 by Hilary Staples

The weekend of 10 and 11 May it’s National Windmill Day. It's one of the few days in the year cyclists want it to be windy, as for this festive occasion the sails of most windmills will be turning. Over 950 windmills will be open to the public and there will be many special activities for children. An ideal weekend to get on your bike and try out one of our windmill cycle routes.
Windmill 'De Trouwe Wachter' in Tienhoven. Photo ©

Windmill 'De Trouwe Wachter' in Tienhoven. Photo ©

Top windmill cycle routes

Kinderdijk Cycle Route - Windmills, polders and fortress towns

This route takes you along the River Lek which dominates the flat polder landscape of the Alblasserwaard and Krimpenerwaard. The many windmills here were built to pump excess water from the polders, which lie 1.5 metres under sea level, up to the river. Highlight of the route are the 19 historic windmills at Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Zaanse Schans Cycle Route - Traditional windmills, green wooden houses and industrial heritage

This varied route through the Zaan region shows you some of Holland’s rich industrial history. Highlight of the route is museum village the Zaanse Schans, with its industrial windmills and traditional green wooden houses.

Alkmaar Cycle Route - Cheese market, windmills and polders

This route around Alkmaar shows you typical Dutch polders, canals and windmills. You start at the historic centre of Alkmaar, with its cheese market, narrow streets and draw bridges.

Other windmill cycle routes

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