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Bolsward - Wadden Sea dike | Elfstedenpad Hiking Trail: Section 8

20.6 km

he Elfstedenpad trail leaves Bolsward through the De Marne industrial estate. Long ago, an inlet of the same name stretched this far inland from the Wadden Sea.

This section of the trail takes you from the Hanseatic city of Bolsward to the Wadden Sea dike north of the Afsluitdijk. Further on, the green meadows in this flat landscape give way to the grey clay of the mudflats.   
The land you walk on as you pass the little villages of Skettens, Witmarsum and Arum was once beneath the sea. The local people started building dikes around the salt marshes in this area from 1100 onwards.

Towards the village of Kimswerd, the El…

he Elfstedenpad trail leaves Bolsward through the De Marne industrial estate. Long ago, an inlet of the same name stretched this far inland from the Wadden Sea.

This section of the trail takes you from the Hanseatic city of Bolsward to the Wadden Sea dike north of the Afsluitdijk. Further on, the green meadows in this flat landscape give way to the grey clay of the mudflats.   
The land you walk on as you pass the little villages of Skettens, Witmarsum and Arum was once beneath the sea. The local people started building dikes around the salt marshes in this area from 1100 onwards.

Towards the village of Kimswerd, the Elfstedenpad trail follows part of the Pingjumer Gulden Halsband (Gold Collar of Pingjum), a unique ring dike built in the 11th century. You walk through the village of Kimswerd (the home of the Frisian rebel leader and pirate Grutte Pier) onto the mudflats where today the fertile seabed produces a plentiful supply of beets, grain and potatoes.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Knetemannstraat
8701 WE Bolsward
81 74 23 46
1

Filenspolder Nature Reserve

It Fliet
8748 EA Witmarsum
Filenspolder Nature Reserve
15 16 14 70 71 65
2

Arumer Groenedijk

Groene Dijk
8822 Kimswerd
Arumer Groenedijk
92 93
3

Voormalige Marneslenk

8821 LX Pingjum
Voormalige Marneslenk
87 35
4

Grutte Pier

Standbeeld Grutte Pier
Greate Pierwei
8821 LV Kimswerd
Grutte Pier
39 75 31
End point: Westerzeedijk
8821 PK Kimswerd

Directions

Starting point: Knetemannstraat
8701 WE Bolsward
  • Wandel Bolsward uit via 81 - 74 - 23 (Skettens)
  • Door naar knooppunt 46 - 15 - 16 om in Witmarsum te komen.
  • In Witmarsum rechtsaf naar 14 - 70 - 71 (Arum). 
  • Door naar 65 - 92 - 93 - 87 - 35 - 39 om uit te komen in Kimswerd. Daar nog even rechtdoor naar 75 - 31  om de Waddenzeedijk te bereiken. 
End point: Westerzeedijk
8821 PK Kimswerd
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46
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31