The Laarzenpad (Boot Path) trail is a theme walk using the alternative points of the North Holland Hiking Network. This round trip from Broek in Waterland runs along the Broekervaart through the Varkensland nature reserve. It is 10 km long.
The trail is marked by wooden posts with red arrows and is inaccessible from 15th March to 1st July during the breeding season. Dogs are not allowed.
This round trip from Broek in Waterland runs along the Broekervaart through the Varkensland nature reserve. From the picturesque village of Watergang you walk via the old church path back to Broek in Waterland. The stiles and bridges are marked with white poles. The Varkensland nature reserve is under management of the National Forestry Commission. It is an Eldorado for grassland birds.
In the Golden Age, rich merchants from Amsterdam established themselves in Broek in Waterland. Simple dwellings became colourful show-off houses. All sorts of colours were used to decorate the buildings. Later prosperity fell and the inhabitants began to use cheaper grey primer as a topcoat.
Particulars along the way?
These are listed in alphabetical order on the roadmap.
- Houses in Waterland style stand on the Havenrak. Timber construction was necessary because of the soft peat soil.
B. Broekermeer dike
- This is the ring dike from the reclamation in 1628 of Broekermeer. Many farms and dwellings are located along this dike; old and new blended together.
C. ’t Schouw
- This canal neighbourhood is called after the type of barge with which people used to be taken across the canal in to Landsmeer.
- Watergang is a pretty ribbon village. The little church with its white wooden tower dates from 1642.
E. Varkensland path
- This path through the nature reserve of the same name is the highpoint of this trail. During breeding season (15th March to 1st July) the path is closed.?
F. Church square and De Erven
- The 17th century village church was built in late Gothic style. On the front gable of De Erven is the coat of arms of the former municipality, with the swan as natural symbol of Waterland.
The Laarzenpad trail starts and finishes at Starting Point 11 in Broek in Waterland and runs past the following alternative points: 78, 79, 1, 75, 76 and 77.?
There are parking places in Broek in Waterland town centre.