Lake Alkmaar

Alkmaardermeer, a large lake near Castricum, offers a wide choice of facilities for those who like water sports, while stunning cycle and walking routes run along its banks. 

The Pontjes cycle route is a good example; this route takes you to the most picturesque spots and through polders with abundant birdlife. There are no less than five ferry crossings on the way. The area, with its stunning nature and many rare birds, is also well suited to explore on foot. Walking and cycling routes along Alkmaardermeer can be found at 
An absolute must is the unique village of De Woude, situated on a small island in the lake.