Along the first part of the route from Balk to Sloten you have a constant view of Lake Slotermeer.
Sloten is the smallest of the Friesland’s eleven historical cities and living proof that a city does not have to be big to make an impression. This compact little city retains its original layout and the city walls are almost completely intact.
From here you continue through the Gaasterland region where the gently rolling landscape changes to cliffs and deciduous forests along the coast of the IJsselmeer. You walk through the little village of Wyckel, past the village of Ruigahuizen and continue through the forest to the De Luts river, which is part of the Elfstedentocht route. De Luts river flows into the small lake at the Wyldemerk nature reserve which is a haven for dragonflies. This section of the trail ends just south of the nature reserve.