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Sneek - Balk | Elfstedenpad Hiking Trail: Section 3

(23.4 km)

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This section of the trail sets off from the famous Waterpoort water gate in the historical centre of Sneek. The city is popular for water sports. You walk through a residential area to the wide Geeuw river, then a picturesque little footpath leads you to the Frisian city of IJlst, where you can see the De Rat sawmill. IJlst has beautiful canals with gardens along the banks. This relatively quiet little city was once known for its woodworking industry, which produced skates among other things. 

From IJlst the route continues to the contiguous villages…

This section of the trail sets off from the famous Waterpoort water gate in the historical centre of Sneek. The city is popular for water sports. You walk through a residential area to the wide Geeuw river, then a picturesque little footpath leads you to the Frisian city of IJlst, where you can see the De Rat sawmill. IJlst has beautiful canals with gardens along the banks. This relatively quiet little city was once known for its woodworking industry, which produced skates among other things. 

From IJlst the route continues to the contiguous villages of Jutrijp and Hommerts. The next section of the route is hard going. It leads under the aqueduct and runs alongside the motorway as you make your way to Woudsend. Fortunately, Woudsend is a charming village with many waterways, quaint narrow streets, surprising vistas, delightful little terraces and a range of attractions.

A few kilometres outside of Woudsend the trail turns off and leads you around the edge of Lake Slotermeer, ending in the lovely little town of Balk. 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Lemmerweg 45
8607 AA Sneek
70 71
1

Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Sneekerpad 18
8651 NE IJlst
Houtzaagmolen de Rat
2

11Fountains Ijlst

De Dassenboarch 1
8651 CB IJlst
11Fountains Ijlst
91
3

Waterside Gardens

Eegracht
8651 EG IJlst
Waterside Gardens
31 15 68 68 70
4

Houtzaagmolen De Jager

Ald Wyk 18
8551 PR Woudsend
Houtzaagmolen De Jager
5

St Michael’s Church in Woudsend

Merkstrjitte 11
8551BP Woudsend
St Michael’s Church in Woudsend
6

Korenmolen 't Lam

Molenstrjitte 4
8551NZ Woudsend
Korenmolen 't Lam
34
7

Klokkenstoel Ypecolsga

Klokkenstoel Ypecolsga
Nummer 14
8554 RD Ypecolsga
Klokkenstoel Ypecolsga
56 88 23 22
End point: Swinderenstraat 10
8561 HK Balk

Directions

Starting point: Lemmerweg 45
8607 AA Sneek
  • Met de Waterpoort achter je, wandel je Sneek uit via knooppunt 70 - 71.
  • Dan door naar IJlst (91), je wandelt over de grachten in dit stadje verder naar knooppunt 31 -15 om in Jutrijp uit te komen.
  • Dan volgt de wandeling langs de provinciale weg naar 68 - 70 - 34 (Woudsend).
  • In Woudsend is het slalommen door de steegjen om het dorp te verlaten richting 56 (Ypecolsgea), daar linksaf gaan en het pad langs het meer (88) volgen naar het centrum van Balk (23 - 22)
End point: Swinderenstraat 10
8561 HK Balk
70
71
91
31
15
68
68
70
34
56
88
23
22

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