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FERRY-HIKING ROUTE OUDEGAASTER BREKKEN

(14.5 km)

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A sizeable breezy hiking tour around the waters of the beautiful Oudegaaster Brekken, crossing the water by ferryboat along the way.

Mini village

Your walk starts in the age-old mini village of Nijhuizum. Here you’ll find Friesland’s smallest church, a simple building dating from 1721 and not even connected to mains electricity, surrounded by an old churchyard. Walking along the Nijhuizumervaart canal, you head for the ferry managed by the Renema family. At the given times, they will transport you safely ‘droech oer de feart’, which translates as keeping your feet dry over the canal, and charge you one Euro to do so.

Surrounded by grasslands 

Surrounded by grasslands, w…

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A sizeable breezy hiking tour around the waters of the beautiful Oudegaaster Brekken, crossing the water by ferryboat along the way.

Mini village

Your walk starts in the age-old mini village of Nijhuizum. Here you’ll find Friesland’s smallest church, a simple building dating from 1721 and not even connected to mains electricity, surrounded by an old churchyard. Walking along the Nijhuizumervaart canal, you head for the ferry managed by the Renema family. At the given times, they will transport you safely ‘droech oer de feart’, which translates as keeping your feet dry over the canal, and charge you one Euro to do so.

Surrounded by grasslands 

Surrounded by grasslands, wander along the Keapwei towards Gaastmeer Lake. Just before Gaastmeer, in Kleine Gaastmeer, turn left towards Oudega. You are now on the Feandyk, a low-lying road which was regularly flooded in days gone by. At the Idzega junction, the Feandyk becomes the Tsjerkewei, taking you straight to the church of water sports village Oudega SWF. 

Coffee break

Oudega is the ideal spot for a tea or coffee break at a waterside café, and there’s a village shop as well. Continue along towards Blauwhuis and after Swimplak de Aldegeaster Brekken (with public toilets), turn left onto the cycle path towards Doris Mooltsje, the black windmill dating from 1780. You’ll have magnificent views over the water from this point. 

Bird Walhalla

Continue on with the Oudegaaster Brekken to your left and De Ryp nature reserve on your right. There are so many birds to be seen here! In autumn and winter, it’s a cacophony of geese, and spring sees meadow birds such as godwits, lapwings and oystercatchers foraging here. 

The finish

On merging back onto the road after a few kilometres, turn left. You’ll pass a number of farms and Nijhuizum Windmill. A few hundred metres further on and you’ll find yourself back in Nijhuizum centre and the end of your hike. Workum is just around the corner and is one of the a lovely eleven Frisian cities to enjoy a well earned lunch or dinner.

Is walking not your thing? This route can also be enjoyed by bike or on rollerblades.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Nummer 7
8775 Nijhuizum
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Nijhúzumer Tsjerke

Nummer 7
8775 XD Nijhuizum
achterzijde kerkje Nijhuizum
Nijhúzumer Tsjerke
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Fietspont Renema

Fietspont Renema
Kaepwei 4
8611 JL Gaastmeer
Droech oer de Feart
Fietspont Renema
93 90 66
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Information point Oudega

Rustpunt in receptie camping Bearshoeke
Tsjerkeweg 2 a
8614 JD Oudega SWF
Information point Oudega
30 31
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Molen Doris Mooltsje

Brekkenpaad 1
8614 AN Oudega SWF
Molen Doris Mooltsje
32
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Mûntsebuorsterpolder

8775 XD Nijhuizum
Mûntsebuorsterpolder
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Trekkershutten, theetuin en rustpunt Nijhuizum

Nummer 14
8775 XD Nijhuizum
Trekkershutten, theetuin en rustpunt Nijhuizum
40
End point: Nummer 7
8775 Nijhuizum

Directions

Starting point: Nummer 7
8775 Nijhuizum

* Park in Nijhuizum
* take the cycle path along the canal to the ferry
* cross De Grons water by ferry
* take the road to Gaastmeer
* at the crossroads in Klein Gaastmeer, turn left
* walk towards Oudega SWF
* after the bridge in Oudega SWF, turn left 
* head out of the village towards Blauwhuis
* take the cycle path towards Workum
* go to the end of the cycle path where it meets the road, and turn left
* at the end of this road, you’ll be back in Nijhuizum!

End point: Nummer 7
8775 Nijhuizum
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