When you left the path, go at the Van Gennepweg and then right across the dyke. After a few hundred meters at the left side you see the recontructed windmill "Windlust".
You can visit the mill every Wednesday 9.00-12.00h and Saturday 10.00-16.00. In lunchroom "De Korenaer" at the foot of the mill you can have coffee, tea or lunch. If you want a beer you can visit the neighbours, Cafe Rustwat".
After the windmill you take the 's Gravenweg and the first road right, called Kerklaan. When you cross the traffic lights, you are back at the old railway station, which is now Eetcafé Cartoons! Enjoy your meal there ! And if you want to continue your Nieuwerkerk Tour, you can go to Hitland, a nature area between the 's Gravenweg and the river Hollandsche IJssel
You can start walking or biking beside this old railway station which is a restaurant -Eetcafe Cartoons- now. It is situated at the crossing Kerklaan/N219 (Schielandweg). On the left side of the old station take the Zouterijweg
The Hitland area is to be found between the ''s Gravenweg and highway N219 at one side and the Groenendijk (the dyke along the river Hollandsche IJssel) at the other side. At the northern part of the area are some woods, not the most interesting part. At the Groenendijk are 4 old brick-kilns; one of them is renovated in the 1990's.
The middle part gives you great views at an original Dutch polder-landscape.
At the soutern part are some swamps.
This whole area is highly recommanden for bird-spotters !
Through the trees near the end of the path at the left side you can see the old pumping-engine "Van Gennep". It was built in 1876 and is not in use since in 1972 the new pumping-engine "Abraham Kroes" took over.
In 1975 parts of the film "Keetje Tippel" were made on this location. In the film the building was as supposed to be a bleachery. In present-days the building has been transformed into two houses.
The path is overwhelmed with grass because only few people are coming here. A few locals are living at this location; in fact the place is an island, surrounded by the waters of the former pumping-engines..........
Some local politicians have a bad idea: they want to built houses at the border of the old port. Say honestly: it would be a shame to ruin this beautiful place, am I right or am I right?
Let this place be like it is, our region is already over-crowded !!!
Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel has two old pumping-engines and a hand-ferry across the circular canal. This unknown part of Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel brings you at places that most inhabitants don't even know........
It's not a long trip (about 4 km) but you can see some things you never suspected in this area !
When you have seen Francois and you don't want to walk to Moordrecht, you can take the ferry which brings you to the other side of the circular canal. Until 1961 there was a ferryman, but now you have to pull the chain yourself. When you're alone and biking, it can be a heavy job to get yourself and your bike on the boat !!
Near the end of the road at the left side you can see this old pumping-engine "Francois". It was built in 1927 and is not in use since in 1972 the new pumping-engine "Abraham Kroes" took over. Now it's the home of some local scouts.
Where the road ends, you can do two things. It is permitted to climb over the fence and walk along the circular canal to the modern pumping-engine "Abraham Kroes" and further to the next village, Moordrecht. It gives you great views at the Dutch polder-landscape!
At the roundabout near the Francoisviaduct, follow the narrow road "forbidden for cars" at the photo.
At the island you see a few houses; some local people are still living here and I can only say: they have a beautiful location!
At 259 Groenendijk you can see this old farmhouse, built in 1657. The stable behind the house is built in the 19th cantury
This old port was created early 20th century to change the flow of the river Hollandsche IJssel. It's not used anymore and now there are people livning on the boats. A nice. quiet place!
At some places the wooden path leads you across the water. this place is a paradise for little birds; I even saw some Bluethroats over there !