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Drachten - Beetsterzwaag - Olterterp - Ureterp | Circular Walk 8 of the Bonifatius Kloosterpad Monastery Route

(27.2 km)

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In 1936, six nuns from Den Bosch took up residence in a new Carmelite convent in Drachten. Here they lived in isolation from the outside world for more than half a century. After they left, the convent served as a venue for all kinds of events. However the building was recently sold and will now be converted into a care facility.

From Drachten, you follow hiking trails through a green corridor to the little Got…

In 1936, six nuns from Den Bosch took up residence in a new Carmelite convent in Drachten. Here they lived in isolation from the outside world for more than half a century. After they left, the convent served as a venue for all kinds of events. However the building was recently sold and will now be converted into a care facility.

From Drachten, you follow hiking trails through a green corridor to the little Gothic church in the village of Kortehemmen. Kleastertsjerke church is a little monastery church that was built long ago by the nearby monastery in what became the village of Smalle Ee. A sandy path running straight through the forest for just over a kilometre emerges onto Schuinpad road in Oud Beets. This medieval village has almost disappeared and been incorporated into the village of Beetsterzwaag, which became popular among the Frisian nobility from the 16th century onwards. They built the country houses you can see all around you.

In the village of Olterterp the route takes you past the St Hippolytus church built in 1500 and Het Witte Huis hotel and restaurant. From there, it leads through a beech forest and past several ponds to the hamlet of Heidehuizen. The views from the trail through the Keningsdjip river valley are breathtaking. At the end of a lane lined with wooded banks you come to Sint-Pieterskerk in the village of Ureterp. This simple yet majestic church was built in 1250.

You eventually arrive back in Drachten where in the centre you can see the church built in 1743 and further on Museum Dr8888. From 1937 to 1970 this was a monastery. The Franciscan friars who lived here came to Drachten because of falling numbers in the congregation. When the monastery closed, it was converted into a town hall and later became a museum.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
Drachten
1

Karmelklooster Drachten

Burg. Wuiteweg 162
9203 KP Drachten
Karmelklooster Drachten
42 68 71 72
2

Kloosterkerk en Klokkenstoel Kortehemmen

Boerestreek 13
9211 TV Kortehemmen
Kloosterkerk Kortehemmen
Kloosterkerk en Klokkenstoel Kortehemmen
96 92 13 12
3

Overtuin Lyndenstein

Overtuin Lyndenstein
Hoofdstraat 12
9244 CN Beetsterzwaag
Het Neptunusbeeld in de overtuin van Lyndenstein
Overtuin Lyndenstein
11
4

Lycklamahuis

Hoofdstraat 80
9244 CP Beetsterzwaag
Lycklamahuis
10 91 74 70 79
5

St. Hippolytuskerk Olterterp ((Church of Saint Hippolytus)

Achterwei 6
9246 TL Olterterp
St. Hippolytuskerk Olterterp ((Church of Saint Hippolytus)
76 75 89
6

Alpherbosch & Large Pond

Alpherbosch & Grote vijver
Beetsterzwaag
Grote vijver Olterterp
Alpherbosch & Large Pond
81 80 82 87 22 31 37 25 24 76 10
7

Museum Dr8888

Museumplein 2
9203 DD Drachten
Museum Dr8888
42
End point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
Drachten

Directions

Starting point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
Drachten

Met gezicht naar Karmelklooster Drachten, rechtsaf, direct linksaf, weg gaat over in schelpenpad.

Op knoopunt 42 naar 68 - 71 - 72 richting 96, in bocht 100 meter doorlopen naar kerk Kortehemmen, vervolgens terug via de knooppunten 96 - 92 - 13 - 12 - 11 - 10 - 91 - 74 - 70 - 79 - 76 - 75 - 89 - 81 - 80 - 82    87 - 22 - 31 - 37 - 25 - 24 - 76 - 10 - 42 

End point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
Drachten
42
68
71
72
96
92
13
12
11
10
91
74
70
79
76
75
89
81
80
82
87
22
31
37
25
24
76
10
42

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