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Oenkerk - Leeuwarden | Elfstedenpad Hiking Trail: Section 15

15.3 km

You walk from the village of Oenkerk to Giekerk. Just outside this village you pass the Delft blue Elfstedentocht bridge – the last bridge the skaters pass under on their way to the finish line. On one side of the bridge, Delft blue portrait tiles depict skaters competing in the event. On the other side are the words 'IT SIL HEVE' (‘IT WILL HAPPEN’).

You carry on along the bank of the Dokkumer Ee canal through the little villages of Lekkum and Snakkerburen to the stretch of water that served as the finish line until 1963. Later the finish line of the tour skating event was moved to the Bonkevaart canal, a side branch of the Dokkumer Ee canal that runs alongside the Groningerstraatweg road. But this is not a pleasant road to walk along, 

so you sk…

You walk from the village of Oenkerk to Giekerk. Just outside this village you pass the Delft blue Elfstedentocht bridge – the last bridge the skaters pass under on their way to the finish line. On one side of the bridge, Delft blue portrait tiles depict skaters competing in the event. On the other side are the words 'IT SIL HEVE' (‘IT WILL HAPPEN’).

You carry on along the bank of the Dokkumer Ee canal through the little villages of Lekkum and Snakkerburen to the stretch of water that served as the finish line until 1963. Later the finish line of the tour skating event was moved to the Bonkevaart canal, a side branch of the Dokkumer Ee canal that runs alongside the Groningerstraatweg road. But this is not a pleasant road to walk along, 

so you skip this bit. Instead, you carry on to the nicer setting of Prinsentuin park in Leeuwarden where you can feel very proud of having completed the ‘tour of all tours’!

You trekked an impressive 283 kilometres through the Frisian countryside and visited all of Friesland’s eleven cities: Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, Harlingen, Franeker and Dokkum! Congratulations! We hope you will enjoy looking back on your experience of walking the Elfstedenpad hiking trail for a long time to come.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Rengersweg 62
9062 EG Oenkerk
28 35 76 52 87 45 77 23
1

Elfstedenmonument Tegeltjesbrug Gytsjerk

Elfstedenmonument Tegeltjesbrug Gytsjerk
Weg tussen Gytsjerk en Miedum
Canterlandswei
Gytsjerk
Elfstedenmonument Tegeltjesbrug Gytsjerk It sil heve
46 36 41 35 30 04
2

City Park and Marina De Prinsentuin

City Park and Marina De Prinsentuin
Prinsentuin 1
8911DE Leeuwarden
51
3

11Fountains Leeuwarden

11Fountains Leeuwarden
Stationsplein 1
8911AC Leeuwarden
End point: Vrouwenpoort 1
8911 DD Leeuwarden

Directions

Starting point: Rengersweg 62
9062 EG Oenkerk
  • Door het park wandel je richting knooppunt 28, 35. Daar rechtsaf en even later linksaf naar 76. Daar rechtsaf naar 52.
  • Volg 87, 45, 77 door Giekerk. Daarna door naar 23, 46 en 36 op weg naar Lekkum.
  • Volg knooppunt 41, 35, 30, 4 en 51 naar het eindpunt in Leeuwarden. 
End point: Vrouwenpoort 1
8911 DD Leeuwarden
28
35
76
52
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77
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46
36
41
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51