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Hallum - Sint Jacobiparochie | Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail: Stage 6

(21.5 km)

This stage of the trail leads across reclaimed land between the villages of Hallum and Sint Jacobiparochie. The work of reclaiming the land of the Het Bildt region went on for centuries and was eventually completed in 1754. There are no mound villages on this stretch. Just places along the way on the straight dikes that surround the polders.

The first part of the walk takes you past the site near the hamlet of Hallumerhoek where the Mariëngaarde monastery once stood. The monks who lived there worked out how to grow crops on the salt marshes of the Bildt polder behind the Vijfhuisterdijk dike so the monastery’s landholdings gradually increased. 

The young sea clay soil here tu…

This stage of the trail leads across reclaimed land between the villages of Hallum and Sint Jacobiparochie. The work of reclaiming the land of the Het Bildt region went on for centuries and was eventually completed in 1754. There are no mound villages on this stretch. Just places along the way on the straight dikes that surround the polders.

The first part of the walk takes you past the site near the hamlet of Hallumerhoek where the Mariëngaarde monastery once stood. The monks who lived there worked out how to grow crops on the salt marshes of the Bildt polder behind the Vijfhuisterdijk dike so the monastery’s landholdings gradually increased. 

The young sea clay soil here turned out to be perfect for farming. Substantial farmhouses were built along the south side of the long Oudebildtdijk or ‘Old Bildt dike’ and simple working-class houses were built along the north side.

The dike was constructed by dike builders from the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland, many of whom settled in the area. So the people of Het Bildt speak a mixed dialect that you may be able to hear when you listen to them. At Zwarte Haan on the Wadden Sea dike you pass a monument to the workers who made a major contribution to the draining of the salt marshes.

You continue along the sea dike, between the sheep, to the village of Sint Jacobiparochie. This stage of the trail ends at the Groate Kerk church. This is the starting point of one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. People who want to set off on the pilgrimage can spend the night at the refuge at the church.

This circular walk is part of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail. 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Kerkpad 17
9074 BX Hallum
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De sluis van Ouwe Syl

De sluis van Ouwe Syl

Waar anders dan hier spreek je af met dorpsgenoten? Op de 'pyp' natuurlijk: de brug over de zijl, de sluis. De sluis is het natuurlijke middelpunt van Oudebildtzijl.

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Bezoekerscentrum Aerden Plaats

Bezoekerscentrum Aerden Plaats

Visit the "Earthy Place" and discover both the cultural history and contemporary art of the Bildt. The Archaeological Centre shows the history of this area and specific facts of the Bildtse culture.

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Oudebildtdijk

Oudebildtdijk

De langste bewoonde straat van Europa ligt dwars door Noordoost-Fryslân.

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Strandhuis: zicht op zee

Strandhuis: zicht op zee

Strandhuis der Bildtpollen. Het staat er echt, op de woning hier aan de voet van de Nieuwebildtdijk.

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Kunstwerk Súdwester

Kunstwerk Súdwester

Sculptuur van staal en hout, waarin mensen ook kunnen rusten of schuilen voor het weer.

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Zwarte Haan - Vogelkijkpunt

Zwarte Haan - Vogelkijkpunt

Kwelders en polders met veel vogels.

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Groate Kerk church in Sint-Jacobiparochie

Groate Kerk church in Sint-Jacobiparochie

The imposing Groate Kerk church in the town of Sint Jacobiparochie has served as a cultural centre for the Het Bildt region for several decades, hosting concerts, meetings and other events.

Groate kerk
End point: Georg van Saksenstraat 2
9079 KG St.-Jacobiparochie
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