The Tramline trail is a theme walk using the alternative points of the North Holland Hiking Network. It is a short walk over the former tracks of the Waterland tram in the direction of Monnickendam. The trail runs past new buildings in Waterland style, drained lakes and a sanitized polluted polder, the Volgermeer. It is 6 km long.
The trail is marked by wooden posts with green arrows. Dogs are not allowed.
Large parts of Waterland East are managed by the Forestry Commission. The farmers outside the reserve areas assist with the management of nature. In spring, the damp grasslands are visited by numerous grassland birds.
Broek in Waterland emerged as a bog or marsh village. After the peat extraction the villagers moved to the higher levees of the river De Leet.
Description of particulars along the way.?
These are listed in alphabetical order on the roadmap.
A. Former tram station?
- The former little station on the Eilandweg is now a house. The tramline stopped running in 1956 and the tram was replaced by the bus.?
B. Former tramline?
- Before the tram era this was the Jaagpad along the Broekervaart.
C. New-Waterland style
- A newly built area in Waterland style. On the grass embankment on the east side, the footpath with the white decking is an old foot-bridge.
- This is a deep bog lake that was drained in 1628 with, among other things, capital from Amsterdam, at the same time as two other Waterland lakes, the Broekermeer and the Buikslotermeer.
E. Volgermeer polder
- Between 1968-1981 this was a garbage dump of Amsterdam, where not only house and city garbage was dumped, but chemical, industrial waste too. The discovery of leaking drums of toxins in 1980, caused an environmental scandal. After much research and preparation, in 2003 a large scale soil sanitation began in 2003, according to an eco-variant. In 2011, the area was opened to the public as a nature reserve.
The Tramline trail starts and finishes at Starting Point 11 in Broek in Waterland and follows the alternative points 79, 27, 80, 66, 89, 27, 79 and 78.
There is parking in the centre of Broek in Waterland.