Urk naar Lemmer is a 25.4 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Urk, Flevoland, Netherlands that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 25.4 km Elevation Gain: 479 m Route Type: Point to Point


nature trips


bird watching


partially paved


wild flowers

A long walk along a lot of dyke and through one of the most remarkable places in the Netherlands: Urk. When the Noord-Oostpolder was drained before the war, the government was faced with a problem. The Urkers were indeed poor, but if you take them from their fishing grounds and do not create alternative forms of existence, then it is not easy. Urk's population was therefore not allowed to participate in the reclamation of the polder. Urk has always remained an independent municipality with 20,000 inhabitants on a small (the smallest in the Netherlands) area. Because the Urkers had (and have) a large birth surplus from their religion, it was considered moving the Urkers. In 1962 their land was expanded somewhat and the population got some air. Another story concerns the issue of Urk skulls. At the end of the 19th century, people thought that the Urkers should be the model of the primordial Dutchman, because of their closed, inbreeding community. They were therefore interested in their skull shape. Through a change in trick, they managed to steal some skulls and through the games to Utrecht University. The Urkers only discovered this in 2005 and demand their heads back. They did not receive their skulls until June 5, 2010. Urk's inbreeding is characterized by Buchem's disease (Urker disease). A rare hereditary disease that only occurs in Urkers. Nowadays Urk has the largest fish auction in the Netherlands and they fish the world's oceans with their ships, but they remain on their own and are the most ecclesiastical village of the Netherlands with their famous Urk male choir, Hallelujah, with about 100 members and more than a hundred years of existence. Mind you, Urk has 20 choirs, almost all of which are based on Christian reading. Via the Urker Forest, we walk to the Westermeerdijk, with a windmill park of 50 mills. Good for a capacity of 15MW and a supplied energy of 24MkWh. It is already an old (rusty) group that has a return of 18%, as a calculation shows. It becomes an almost contemplative journey if you walk past the roar of windmills in the sun along the rippling water to Lemmerl. Pretty nice.

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