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MOERKERKE, pleasant bicycle trip of 25 km middle of the nice nature 12 km of the North Sea.
We have a soft winter pleasant for my daily life bicycle trip

Trees along the creek are oblique through the always northwest wind, typical for this area

History of the area long time ago
Moerkerke was founded in the early 12th century and had a chapel that depended on the parish of Oostkerke. There would also have been a keep that was the seat of the local lord, later Moerkerke Castle. Between 1134 and 1160 the area around Moerkerke was largely flooded. At the end of the 12th century, the southern part of Moerkerke was diked in by Branddijk and Damweg, and the Waterpolder was created. Around 1228 the area north of the said dike was withdrawn from the sea and the Maldegemse Polder was created. In 1234 Moerkerke was already mentioned as an independent parish.
In addition to the seat of the lords, there was also the Hof van Altena, a Bruges fief. There were also two monasteries: the Abbey of Zoetendale (on the territory of Middelburg) and the Sarepta Monastery. These monasteries were abandoned during the religious wars (end of the 16th century).
In addition to agriculture, there were windmills and bricks were manufactured.

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