Menroute Rondje OuwerkerkDISTANCE 24 KM
Start point 1: Family Tienpont, tel. 0111-416614 Nieuwe Noorddijkseweg 2 Ouwerkerk.
Horses: with the Family Tienpont;
People: There are several camp sites in Ouwerkerk, and hotel/B&B in Zierikzee.
1. Leave the country house ”De Goede Ree” turn left, Nieuwe Noorddijkseweg.
2. Cross the dike then sharp right along de Groenedijk, name board missing.
3. Keep left and at T-junction o onto semi paved road.
4. At the highway N59 right and follow parallelweg.
5. Right onto de Zwnenburgseweg and continue to end.
You now pass CAPELLE
Capelle was once part of Nieuwerkerk. The name of the hamlet comes from the chapel that once stood there.
Only the small cemetery remains encircled by tall trees. Before the floods of February 1st 1953, it was a charming place with about 20 homes a shop and a pub. On that night the waves engulfed the entire village and many lives were lost. Behind the farm on the left with the wooden barn, once stood the castle Zwanenburg. It was known as far back as 1342. In the 17th century it became a ruin later the remains were removed. The road across the way is named after Zwanenburg; de Slotweg (the castle road).
6. At the end turn left onto Haneweg.
7. Keep left and follow the Laan der Werelveteranen.
8. On the Ring van Ouwerkerk, keep the church on your left hand. Baker, grocer.
Ringdorpen (circular villages) are typical Zeeuws. This type of village, in the form of a circle, dates back to the period between the 11th and 14th century. Almost all are situated on the banks of a creek, which was a necessity, because of the low laying land around, to ensure that the properties remained dry. The first mention of a village from Duiveland, called Ouwerkerk, dates from 1233. The old church and the tower were lost during the second world war and then the floods. The floods from the first of February 1953 had a huge impact here. Until the last breach in the dike was closed, the ring was an island in an inland sea. After the floods the hart of the village was nearly completely renewed. The shape stayed the same.
9. Turn into the Hubrecht Kosterstraat.
10. Left into Noorsestraat.
GESCHENKENWONINGEN (GIFT HOUSES)
The Noorsestraat is an exceptional street. The wooden houses are all the same type. No wonder, as they were a gift from the Norwegian government to help after the floods of South West Netherland in 1953. The gift houses arrived in packages and were put together on the spot. The houses still have names of Norwegian places and the street was named after the generous country. In other flooded areas there are also Swedish, Danish and Finish houses to be seen.
11. Right into the Koningin Julianastraat. Follow into Oostweg.
In the creek area directly after the bridge there is a pp, rubbish bins and places to tether your horses.
HOW THE CREEKS ORIGINATED.
The floods of the 1st of February of 1953 caused a great deal of damage in the eastern part of Schouwen-Duiveland. Via an enormous hole in the dike the salt water streamed in and out of the polder for months. With much effort the last hole was closed by the 7th of November 1953. The ground had suffered severely. There were deep gashes and the topsoil was washed away. In 1956 the Staatsbosbeheer(state forestry commission) obtained the land and decided to turn into a recreation area. 140 hectares of Water and woods give the landscape a charming appearance. Popular, oaks, elms and beech trees create an environment for insects, birds, deer, rabbits etc. It is a living reminder of the floods in 1953.
12. At the end of the Oostweg turn right onto Middenweg and then immediately left.
13. Follow the Lage Rampertseweg. No name board!
ABOUT THE ACCRETION
On your left and side there is an area where in the past a hunting lodge once stood, surrounded by ponds, woods and fish rich ditches. It was the property of the craftsman Carel baron Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, who lived here uncontrolled. Everything was lost in the allied bombardment on 4th January 1945. The baron never rebuilt the house; he turned the estate into a nature reserve to completely enclose the area the Stoofdreef in the middle of the area had to be given up. As compensation for the village the present Hofweg was layed. The earthen wall is designed to guarantee the peace and quiet of the reserve.
14. Right onto Brede Zandweg.
15. Right at the Hoge Zandweg.
16. At the end of the Oostereijnweg cross the dike and continue up the road.
At the top of the dike you can rest and enjoy the view over the mud flats and Tholen. Litter bin available.
17. Stay on the Oosterscheldedijk till you reach Viane. PP. Litter bin, tether posts and toilets available.
18. Follow Zuiddijk to crossroad turn left to Weg van de Biutenlandse Pers.
Large picnic area –restaurant-flood museum. Nice parking place for relaxing by the water.
19. Follow the road, after the bend it becomes de Nieuwendijk, follow 21.
20. Alternative way through the woods: if you start your ride at “De Goede Reen” you can ask for a key to follow the wood route (depending on the weather) You can then directly after the bend, go into the woods. Lock the barrier after you please!
After the descent turn sharp left and follow marked route along path. Watch out: it is also a bridle path. Before the creek go left. At the end there is a barrier ,lock this too please. Out of the woods turn left on to Stelweg. Straight over at crossroads. Follow Nieuwe Noorddijkseweg. To” De Goede Ree”.
21. At the 2nd turning right then left follow de Groenedijk.
22. At the crossing of de Gouweveerseweg and de Nieuwe Noorddijkseweg right over the dike and onto the drive of “De Goede Ree”. End of trip.