The Beacon Route cycling tour connects the old land (Overijssel) with the new (Noordoostpolder). The small ports, lighthouses and lighthouse keepers' cottages you pass indicate just how important fishing was here in days gone by; an atmosphere you can still sense in the old port towns.
The cycling tour starts in the centre of Marknesse and will lead you through the Kraggenburg port with its lighthouse. You also cycle past the Oud Kraggenburg lighthouse keeper's house where you get the feeling of peddling back in time. (Note; the Oud Kraggenburg is not always open to visitors. For precise opening times have a look at www.debron.nu).
The Voorsterbos and Waterloopbos woodlands are surrounded by some of the Netherlands’ most impressive natural environments. The Waterloopbos is remarkable and features the former Hydraulic Laboratory’s primary flow duct where they tested how various concepts and structures worked and performed in water. The workings for both the ports of Rotterdam and Bangkok were designed and tested here, as well as the Delta Works.
Cycling further along you pass the ports of Vollenhove and Blokzijl, as well as Blokzijl’s lighthouse which is a replica of the lighthouse built in 1907. This lighthouse is now stranded in the middle of a field, symbolising the bond with the old land as the tower now guards the new land.
Start point: village square in the centre of Marknesse
Cycling hubs: 30 – 49 - 64 – 3 – 14 – 34 - 23 – 73 – 74 – 44 - 43 – 19 – 59 – 83 – 12 – 78 – 90 - 30
All VVV Tourist Information points provide a free recreational and tourist map which indicates all the Noordoostpolder cycling hubs in the Noordoostpolder and surrounding region.