The Southern sea walking event 2009
This year you good do this walk on 23 or 24 of may, I chose for the 24th because on Saturday we have to do some groceries shopping for the week. In 2007 I did this event also but then I walked 25 Km, this year I went for the 40 Km. You start from the beautiful town of Volendam and where the 25 Km first walk a little piece through the town, there send the 40 Km up the other way directly in the direction of the little town of Edam. After this first extra loop you come back in Volendam where you go to the harbor. From there you go to a new build tourist harbor just outside Volendam called Marina Park. When you are through this Marina Park you go in the direction of the old town off Monnickendam. In Monnickendam is a control point in a café called de Zwaan, there you must stamp your own control card, after that the 25 Km leave this town in the direction off Marken, the 40 Km makes a little detour through this small town and gets another loop to walk what goes to the town of Broek in Waterland. When you are there, you are halfway the 40 km route and then you go on your way back passing another small town with the name Uitdam. From Uitdam the walkers are going in the direction of Marken,  you walk over a dyke with on your left side a lake called Markermeer. In the early days this was a open sea called the Southern Sea ( Zuiderzee ), this was before they closed it with a dike between the northern parts of the Netherlands. When you reach Marken you are going through the little streets to the harbor. In the harbor is the boat waiting to take you back to Volendam where you leave the boat and take a little piece over the dike where all the souvenir shops are. You leave the dike behind you and after about 15 minutes through town you are back where it al begun. I thought it was a nice walk to do and that and I did 40 km that day, but you can also chose for 5, 10, 15 or 25 km. This walk is all the way over paved roads and its maybe wise to take something to drink and eat with you because there are no special refreshments stands during the walk, there are some cafeteria's and snackbars on the way where you can rest and take a refreshment ( they are standing in your directions map ). Because of the beautiful weather it was a perfect walking day. Every year the have a different medal whit something famous from the town on it, this year its the Yellow Bridge.
Picture from 2007 from boats on the Markermeer. Another picture from 2007 the same boats on the Markermeer. On the dike in the direction to Edam. Sluice close to the village of Edam. Monument at the sluice off Edam. A small bridge also in Edam. This mile is called zuidpoldermolen and is also in Edam. Bridge and sluice in Monnickendam. A theehouse in Broek in Waterland.
More info over the Southern Sea Walk you find here : www.nloopie.nl
Click here too see all my Diploma's and Medals
Geüpdate op 11 Januari '15
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