Uitgeestermeer: nature and water sports

Uitgeestermeer: nature and water sports

Enjoying peace, nature and water sports at Erfgoedpark de Hoop

Erfgoedpark De Hoop is a brand new holiday park in a unique location; right on the large Uitgeestermeer lake. The park offers various accommodation options. For example, you can spend the night in a luxury safari tent; glamping is totally hot! There are also some beautiful large holiday homes built for 10, 12 and even 16 people, where you can enjoy a fully equipped and very comfortable holiday home with family or friends, and you can choose to stay in one of the 4-person flats. From the terrace of the flats you have a wide view over the lake, in which you can also swim.

 

The safari tents are perfect for a carefree holiday with children. They are equipped with all the comforts of home. They have a dishwasher, a four-pit cooker, air conditioning and heating and also real beds. Enjoy a cup of Nespresso coffee on the veranda in the morning; glamping combines the luxury of home with the wonderful outdoor feeling of camping.

 

For children, there is much to discover on and around the park. The youngest will have fun at one of the playgrounds on the park, while slightly older kids can play volleyball or football on the large lawn near the entrance. In the warm summer months, the swimming lake at the park is a safe place to play quietly in the water.

 

One of the landmarks of Erfgoedpark de Hoop is the mill on the historic premises of ice cream parlour De Kleine Molen. This is where you can get the tastiest ice cream in the whole region! De Kleine Molen is located on the park, and besides ice cream, you can buy a cup of coffee with homemade apple pie and various snacks.

 

 

 

 


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Water sports on the Uitgeestermeer 

Sailing, surfing, SUPping, slooping: the Uitgeestermeer lake is the reason for many to come to Erfgoedpark de Hoop. The unprecedented water sports possibilities in the vast and peaceful nature reserve make the lake a great location to fully enjoy the water.

 

For windsurfers, the surf beach is a paradise. The beach is right next to the park, and from here fanatic surfers can cover the entire Uitgeestermeer. For less experienced windsurfers, the lee towards the Dijkerhemme is a fine place to learn to surf. You will certainly come across a sailing school here, as the lake is also a popular place to learn to sail.

 

When the weather is nice, you can rent a sloop from one of several rental companies around the lake, such as, Sloop rental Uitgeest, located close to the park. Reception is always ready to help with tips or to book a sloop. Bring a well-stocked picnic basket and have a picnic on Pancake Island or one of the other peaceful spots on and around the lake; a great day out!


Out and about in Uitgeest

Uitgeest is a nice, old village with everything you need. There are several bakeries and a butcher, who makes delicious sausages in his own sausage factory. In and around the village, you can enjoy good food at several nice restaurants, one of the favourite places being Eetcafé Klaas. The eatery has been awarded a Bib Gourmand, an award from the Michelin Guide that stands for top quality at a fair price.

 

The Klaas' men are also responsible for the fantastic Krelis restaurant, which is built on the park. The brand-new restaurant is the childhood dream of its owners, Jos and Niek. The kitchen, the bar, the private rooms upstairs: everything has been completely designed and built according to the wishes and vision of these two Uitgeester hospitality entrepreneurs. In their enthusiastic stories, you notice that quality comes first. The food is surprising, innovative and of exceptional quality and so is the selection of wines as well as the service.

 

The lovely sunny terrace surrounding the restaurant overlooks the water and is a great place to wake up in the morning with a cup of good coffee or for a delicious dinner. Krelis is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are required, preferably via the restaurant's website: www.krelis.nl.

 

Right next to the park is Uitgeest's marina. Here you will find restaurant Havenrijk, with a lovely covered terrace by the water. Here, too, you can enjoy lunch and drinks all afternoon.

 

 


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Bring your running shoes

From the park, you can run a lovely lap of about 11 kilometres. The route takes you along the dike, past the lake on one side and the nature reserve on the other. From the park, walk to the road, where you turn left at the t-junction. After 750 metres, turn left onto the Zwaansmeerpad. This point can be recognised by a sign showing cycling and walking routes in the area. From here you follow the path along the water on your left and have the Woudpolder on your right.

 

About halfway through the round trip, you'll come across Rustpunt Woudpolder, where you can catch your breath on one of the benches overlooking the Woudpolder. Coffee and tea are ready! More information of the rest area can be found here.

The entire route can be found on afstandmeten.nl, click here. Here you can also download the route as a GPX or TCX file for your running watch. The route can also be done on foot, in which case take over 2.5 hours. It is also easy to cycle with children.

 

The park is close to the A9 motorway, so you can be in fun cities such as Alkmaar or Haarlem in less than 20 minutes. And do you feel like spending a day walking through the dunes and going to the beach? Castricum aan Zee is also about a 20-minute drive from Erfgoedpark de Hoop.