Gouda Mills & More Bike Tour
|Tour operator:||Green Cow Bike Tours|
|Departure point:||Windmill 'De Rode Leeuw'|
|Duration / distance:||4 hrs (35 km)|
|Languages:||English, Dutch, German|
|Price:||€ 25,- p.p.|
We start our tour in Gouda at Korenmolen “De Roode Leeuw” (the Red Lion). This windmill is the largest of the current windmills in Gouda. You can imagine how it once towered over the city walls. The next windmill is located slightly further on our way, also next to the old city wall: ’t Slot (the Castle), which is still fully equipped as a corn mill but no longer in operation. In 1581, this location was the site of a first windmill built on the foundations of the demolished castle belonging to the lords of “Ter Gouw”, as Gouda was previously known.
We continue our route along the River Hollandsche IJssel to the Haastrechtse Molen. This mill is one of the few historic polder mills with a gauntry. It was constructed in this way because the windmill had to stand higher than the dikes in order to catch enough wind. It has since been converted into a house. Our next stop is at the Oukoopse Molen, which is a “wipmolen”. This type of windmill can easily rotate around its axis.
We continue our journey through the gorgeous lake district of Reeuwijk. Once this was a mining area for peat, but now you will now find a breath-taking nature reserve with a rich diversity of waterfowl. This bike tour will take you through this magnificent area and cross roads where cars are not allowed.
In Bodegraven we see corn mill De Arkduif. This windmill was constructed in 1697 and in use until 1946. Via various scenic polder roads we return to Gouda and have our final stop at the Mallemolen, which is one of the largest polder mills in Holland. The original windmill in this location dates from 1804. This tour ends at the Market square in the centre of Gouda where we will show you the main highlights of this beautiful old town.This tour includes:
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