Cycling and walking in Friesland

The trees are green, the lambs have been born and the flowers are once again in bloom. It’s the perfect time to set off.  To Friesland. The alternation of forests, lakes and, of course, the Wadden coast is the perfect backdrop for cycling or walking. Discover what idiosyncratic Friesland has to offer, on the bike or on foot!

fantastic cycling routes

5 wondrous walks


Friesland is the province for cyclists. And it shows: this year the province was once again chosen as the best cycling region in the Netherlands! And this shouldn’t come as a surprise. With our province-wide cycling network, culinary cycling routes along the eleven cities and our accessibility for E-bikes, Friesland is suitable for all cyclists! Whether with a mountain bike, city bike, road bike or tricycle, it’s all possible. There are also not many provinces with such a diversity in nature. Just in the Drents-Friese Wold alone you can see a variety of shifting sand, heath and forest. In the north, bike along the extensive paths where you can enjoy a far-reaching view or cycle along our seawall, where you can admire the special flora and fauna of the mudflats.


Did you know that you can walk the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela from Friesland? A lovely route from Sint Jacobieparochie to Spain. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry if this 4-month long walk is a bit too far. Friesland has an extensive walking network! With routes from 3 to over 200 kilometres, there’s something for every level of walker. There are special routes in between such as the Groot Frieslandpad from Bergen aan Zee to Leer, which has even been declared the Walking Route of 2017 for the Netherlands and Belgium. Starting in September, you can also walk over the Elfstedenpad, a path for pedestrians who want to complete the eleven-city route at their own pace.


De route loopt door een weids landschap met statige boerderijen, langgerekte dorpen en slingerende dijken. Al wandelend keer je terug in de tijd, toen de Zuiderzee nog niet bestond en Friesland samen met de huidige provincie Noord-Holland één geheel vormden. De route begint in Bergen aan Zee en gaat dan dwars door West-Friesland. Daar steekt de wandelaar het IJsselmeer over en struint verder lang een aantal van de Elfsteden van Friesland. Via de kop van Drenthe en het Groningse Westerwolde eindigt het pad in het Duitse plaatsje Leer.


Met het Elfstedenpad krijgt het netwerk Lange-Afstand-Wandelpaden er  in september 2018 een interessante route bij. Wandelaars kunnen straks op elke dag van het jaar de route langs de Friese Elfsteden afleggen. Belangrijke elementen van de route zijn natuur, cultuur, beleving en historie. Wandelaars kunnen met het pad op een mooie en duurzame manier kennismaken met de gastvrijheid van de Friese Elfsteden en de tussenliggende dorpen.

Deals for an active weekend in Friesland