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Poelen route

2 hour 50 minutes (19.0 km)

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The Poelen area is a unique piece of unspoiled countryside, ideal for a trip in an (electric) boat or paddling around by canoe or SUP.

The Poelen area is located between the watersports villages of Heeg, Gaastmeer and Oudega (SWF), and is a unique piece of unspoiled countryside. It is a series of fens, narrow ditches and babbling streams amidst dense reed lands and so-called bûterlan, low-lying, naturally managed meadows. 

Vast panoramas of villages and farms with the occasional church tower i…

The Poelen area is a unique piece of unspoiled countryside, ideal for a trip in an (electric) boat or paddling around by canoe or SUP.

The Poelen area is located between the watersports villages of Heeg, Gaastmeer and Oudega (SWF), and is a unique piece of unspoiled countryside. It is a series of fens, narrow ditches and babbling streams amidst dense reed lands and so-called bûterlan, low-lying, naturally managed meadows. 

Vast panoramas of villages and farms with the occasional church tower in the distance is what makes the Poelen area so typically Frisian. While navigating the narrow channels and ditches, it sometimes feels like you’re many miles away in some other country. This region is almost entirely uninhabited, with only a few farms lining its edges. The Poelen area is managed by the Dutch Forestry Commission and is a designated nature reserve. It is home to part of the Skriezekrite Idzegea, a bird sanctuary designed specially to protect the godwit population. 

The most important attractions of this beautiful area are nature, tranquillity and silence. Visitors are therefore expected to respect these values and to help support them where possible. The area is accessible for small boats such as dinghies, canoes and open sailing boats. This sailing route with its tunnels and passageways connects the villages of Gaastmeer, Oudega and Heeg, taking you to the hamlet of Idzegea: two farms, one house and the beautifully situated little cemetery with its own belfry. On the shores of the Idzegeaster Poel, you’ll find a birdwatching shelter from which you can observe the very varied bird population in the Poelen area. Boats up to 2.50 m long and no taller than 1.25 m can follow the route from Heeg to Gaastmeer, connecting to the waters around Gaastmeer. 

By providing the tunnels and signposting the routes, the villages of Heeg, Gaastmeer and Oudega want to welcome guests to their area, to enjoy this valuable countryside in an appropriate manner. 

Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this wonderful spaciousness!

The Poelen and Reidmarr routes are available from the tourist information centre (VVV) in Heeg, but also from other tourist information locations in Southwest Friesland.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Heeg
1

Pieltsjerke Church in Gaastmeer

J. Jelles Hofstrjitte 14
9611 JT Gaastmeer
Pieltsjerke Church in Gaastmeer
2

Restaurant d'Ald Wal

Restaurant d'Ald Wal
Harinxmastrjitte 58
8621 BM Heeg
Restaurant d'Ald Wal
3

Restaurant Jonas in den Walvis

De Syl 12
8621BS Heeg
Restaurant Jonas in den Walvis
4

Hotel De Watersport

De Skatting 44
8621 BW Heeg
Hotel De Watersport
5

Eetcafé De Boeier

Harinxmastrjitte 69 - 73
8621 BK Heeg
Eetcafé De Boeier
6

Poelengebied Heeg Gaastmeer Oudega

Klokhúsdyk
8612 JJ Idzegea
Poelengebied Heeg Gaastmeer Oudega
7

Idzega Bell Tower

Klokhúsdyk 6
8612 JJ Idzega
Idzega Bell Tower
8

VVV Heeg

VVV Heeg
Harinxmastrjitte 36
8621 BL Heeg
VVV Heeg
9

Jachthaven de Terp

Wieldyk 28
8611 JP Gaastmeer
Jachthaven de Terp
10

Camping De Poel

Wieldyk 30
8611 JK Gaastmeer
Camping De Poel
End point: It Piel

Directions

Starting point: Heeg

Start: Heeg

Finish: It Piel

End point: It Piel

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