Cycling

Midway between Alkmaar (17km southeast) and Edam (17km west), the village of De Rijp on the N244 is at the south end of several good drives and rides along dykes that give an excellent feel for just how low the land is compared to the waterways coursing between the earthen walls.

The Oostdijk–Westdijk road travels north 6km to the hamlet of Schermerhorn on the N243. Just west, another narrow dyke road runs parallel and meanders past several windmills. Watch out for wandering sheep.

Rent a Scooter Alkmaar hires bikes.