Horse driversroute

Menroute Zesdorpenroute

DISTANCE 23 KM

Start point 1. Near the hotel/restaurant de Schelphoek see: http//www.dezwenk.nl.
Start point 2. Coach house/ camp site `Het Gareel’, Schelpweg 38 Ellemeet, see: http//www.koetserijhetgareel.nl.
Start point 3. Camp site `De Zwenk’, Groenweg 1 Ellemeet, see: http//www.dezwenk.nl.
Start point 4. Camp site Hakehoeve, Family L.Lemsom Hakewekken 1 4423 SR Ellemeet, [email protected] campinghakehoeve.nl.
Overnight accommodation for horses and drivers, at `Het Gareel, `De Zwenk’ and `Hakenhoeve’.

pp=picnic place.

1.a. Leaves from the car park at the Schelphoek Harbour (outer dike) near the hotel/restaurant de Schelphoek on the N59.
b. Leaves from `Het Gareel’: read further 4.
c. Leaves from `de Zwenk’ in the direction of Schelpweg and then turn right. Read further 4.
d. Leaves from de `Hakehoeve’ in the direction of Ellemeet.

The small harbour at the Schelphoek came into use in July 1903. It was primarily used for the transportation of farm products. During the night of February 1st 1953 the flood tide engulfed the harbour quicker than it could be strengthened. The dike in the distance followed the route of the original Oosterschelde. In the three gullies that were made because of the strong currents, they lost more than 200 hectares of land. In the middle of the water lay the remains of caissons. After the completion of the Delta works some were used and others which lay in the way were “parked” in other places.
2 At the traffic lights continue to the Delengsdijk. (You can via the cycle path.)

On the right you can see the nature reserve ”Tureluur”, so named after a bird with the raucous voice that comes here in the spring .
This area is called the `Platte van Schouwen’. The ground here was so bad and the farming so laborious it was hard to make a living. Before the steam pumping station was built at the end of the 19th century people lived on slightly higher ground in a bell shaped farms. In the winter this island was very wet. Once a week a small barge took people to Zierikzee to sell there butter cheese and eggs. At the end of the 20th century plans were made to turn this area in to a nature reserve. The farmers who lived there were compensated. The result is quite special.

3 Take the 2nd road left, Schelpweg, heading for Ellemeet .
4. Half way along the road is the coach house “het Gareel”. You can if the owner agrees start your route here.
5. Go over the viaduct.
6. Enter the village and turn left Dorpsstraat.
7. At the end turn right into Deensestraat.

In the Deensesstraat (Danes Street) stand Danish houses, these were donated by Denmark after the floods of 1953. Over time they have been built and rebuilt and so are no longer in their original wooden condition Ellemeet received four Danish and four Swedish gift houses.

8. Turn right at Kuijerdamseweg.
9. After the left hand bend travel in the direction of `Noordzeestrand ‘.
10. Take the 1st road left in the direction of “Scharendijke”. You cross six viaducts.
11. At the T-Junction turn right in the direction “Scharendijke”.
12. At the Cafetaria’t koepeltje” you can follow the cycle path.

Near the dike stands a barn constructed of black horizontal overlapped planks. Probably the first barn was built here in 1744,as a barracks for the military in times of political unrest. The soldiers must in times of invasion

Later Waterschap Schouwen took over the barn, During the French occupation it was again used for military purposes.

13. At the end of the dike, turn right and drive to the end of the dike.

On the dike stands a Muralt wall, so named after Robert de Muralt, he was the chief engineer from 1903 to 1913 at the Waterschap Schouwen, (water board). He designed a system for raising and strengthening the dikes using concrete.

14. Keep left. Enter Baken.
15. 2nd road right, Dorpsstraat. The shopping street of Scharendijke.
16. End of road turn left into Dijkstraat. Pass the car park and pp.
17. After the left hand bend into Elkerzeeseweg.
18. At the roundabout ,”de Pepermolen” go straight across to Elkerzeeseweg.

This grain mill is a grondzeiler, (an old type of windmill) `de Lilie’ (the Lily) was built in 1868 and served until 1958. It milled the grain for human and animal consumption. The last miller was A. Coomans.

19. In Elkerzee near the cemetery you can go on a course with turning points and mounds.
20. At the roundabout turn right into Kloosterweg.
21. At the T-junction turn right into Kapelleweg .Before Looperskapelle is a pp.
22. In Looperskapelle take the 2nd road left, into Nieuwe Kerkweg.
23. 1st road right into Dirksweg.
24. Through the bridge and the right onto Hoogenboomsweg.
25. In Brijdorp at the T junction turn right onto Ringdijk, pp.

At the junction “Briepe” there is an old cemetery. It is the only thing remaining from the centre of Brijdorpe village. The church was mainly destroyed in 1575 (the 80 year war) by the Spanish. This also happened to Looperskapelle. The state of Zeeland did not grant permission for the church to be rebuilt. Probably because of economic reasons. The “Platte van Schouwen” has many small villages with few residents. If a village had no church it was not sustainable. Because of this the people were concentrated in larger centers. The very small places were soon reduced to hamlets.

26. After the bridge turn left, onto Hogeweg.

Behind the KPN mast there is an old cemetery. Here only people may be buried who own a family plot. Originally this was the cemetery of the village Ellemeet. Here the Spanish also destroyed the church in 1575. The wall round the cemetery collapsed.
The villagers left the village and moved to the near by hamlet of Oudendijk. The name was changed later to Ellemeet. A church was never built in Ellemeet. Until the floods people went to the church in Elkerzee. A short distance from Ellemeet, the people later made a new cemetery.

27. Follow the highway at the T-junction turn left, onto Ridderweg, changes to Oude Zandweg.
28. In the centre of the village go right round the church onto Dorpsplein.
29. At the restaurant “de Waag” go straight through to Niunjeweg.
30. End of road onto Delingsdijk.
31. At the traffic lights straight over.
32. End.

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