Hitland Rondwandeling est un sentier en boucle de 10.5 kilomètres situé près de Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, Hollande-Méridionale en Pays-Bas. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme facile. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités.

Distance: 10.5 km Dénivelé: 155 m Type d'itinéraire: Boucle


activités en pleine nature




voie partiellement aménagée

vue panoramique

fleurs sauvages


site historique

A varied walk through Hitland, an oasis of peace near the Randstad. You walk along pieces of forest, long avenues, green meadows and man-sized reeds. You walk a large part of the ANWB-marked Hitland route. But be careful! The ANWB does not maintain its routes. Many signs and yellow / red signage are missing. Hitland is a nature and recreation area of 250 ha along the Hollandse IJssel. The polder was designated as a green buffer between Capelle a / d IJssel and Nieuwerkerk a / d IJssel in the seventies of the last century. The entire polder was given a completely new design. The northern part became primarily a recreational area. A forest was created with fast-growing trees such as ash, alder, willow and poplar. Dense vegetation developed in a short time. In the southern part the emphasis is on nature. In the open middle section you walk along meadows and canals. At Groot Hitland, the route follows the IJsseldijk. You pass a few wheels: round, deep puddles that have swung out of the water during the flood disaster of 1953. A few were preserved during the redesign. Old farms on the water near the Hitland polder, a green buffer between Capelle aid IJssel and Nieuwerkerk aid IJssel. Whoever thinks of the flood disaster of 1953, first of all thinks of Zeeland and the South Holland islands. But the storm flood has also kept further inland. On the night of January 31 to February 1, 1953, the villages near the Hollandse IJssel were in the grip of the flood. The Groenendijk, where you pass during the walk, broke through. Skipper Arie Evergroen was commissioned by the mayor to sail his sand barge into the hole. The ship lay against the dike like a lock gate and saved the polder. If the dike had failed that night, the water would have been pushed to Rotterdam-Noord, Gouda, The Hague, Woerden and Delft. The consequences of the disaster would have been indescribable. And they already are: large parts of South Holland, Zeeland and West Brabant were flooded and 1836 people lost their lives. The disaster led to the development of the Delta Plan. In 1958, an impressive storm surge barrier arose in the Hollandse IJssel near Capelle aid IJssel, the first structure within the framework of the Delta Works. For those who wonder how Hitland gets its unusual name: a hit is another name for a small horse. In the original sense it is even a Shetland pony, originating from the Shetland Islands near Scotland, formerly called 'Hitlandt'. In the Netherlands, a 'hit' was given the meaning of a workhorse. Along the Hollandse IJssel stood brick factories and pan bakeries. The ponies pulled carts with clay and stones. From 1718 to 1949 the ferry service from Hitland to Ouderkerk aan de IJssel was carried out with a rowing boat. Now a small motor boat is sailing. The IJssel is a link in the Ecological Main Structure (EHS), the system of large nature areas that are connected to each other by green connecting zones. Thanks to those connecting routes, plants and animals have a larger habitat. That is of vital importance, because isolated animal populations are vulnerable to inbreeding and food scarcity. The Hollandse IJssel has been designated as a connecting zone. The river has received a major makeover. Dredgers have cleaned the bottom and parts of the banks have been restored. This gives nature new opportunities.

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