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Frisian Water Line II

58.0 km

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Start at a TOP
You can also start this route at the Tourist Transfer Point (Toeristisch Overstap Punt or ‘TOP’) in Oldeberkoop. From there, cycle to Junction 91 then Junctions 93 - 71 - 78 - 31 - 34 - 25 - 47 - 54 - 56 - 28 in that order.

About the Frisian Water Line 
The Frisian Water Line was built shortly after 1580 and stretched from the Zuiderzee inlet in the west to the Groningen Water Line in the east.

During the Eighty Years’ War with Spain and a century later when the Prince-Bishop of Münster, also known as ‘Bombing Bernhard’, attempted to invade Groningen, the land here was flooded. The only way to get to Leeuwarden was to pass through the strategically located forts, also known as ‘sconces’. So the capital of Friesland was protected. 

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To make it easy to navigate,
download the route in Google Maps!

Start at a TOP
You can also start this route at the Tourist Transfer Point (Toeristisch Overstap Punt or ‘TOP’) in Oldeberkoop. From there, cycle to Junction 91 then Junctions 93 - 71 - 78 - 31 - 34 - 25 - 47 - 54 - 56 - 28 in that order.

About the Frisian Water Line 
The Frisian Water Line was built shortly after 1580 and stretched from the Zuiderzee inlet in the west to the Groningen Water Line in the east.

During the Eighty Years’ War with Spain and a century later when the Prince-Bishop of Münster, also known as ‘Bombing Bernhard’, attempted to invade Groningen, the land here was flooded. The only way to get to Leeuwarden was to pass through the strategically located forts, also known as ‘sconces’. So the capital of Friesland was protected. 

This cycling route takes you past places along the central section of the Frisian Water Line where the forts stood. You learn more about the Terbandsterschans and Schoterschans forts near the town of Heerenveen and the Bekhofschans and Tolbrugschans forts near the village of Oldeberkoop. Some of the fortifications can still be seen in the landscape. 

See more of the Frisian Water Line

The Frisian Water Line stretched from the Zuiderzee inlet to Groningen. If you would like to see all of it, there are two other cycling routes you can follow.
Cycling route - Part I (East section)
Cycling route - Part III (West section)

Sights on this route

Starting point: Pim Mulierlaan
Heerenveen
25
1

Schoterschans

Schoterschans
Schoterlandseweg
8451 CP Oudeschoot
Plaquette Schoterschans
47 54 56 28
2

Bekhofschans

Bekhofschans
Bekhof
Oldeberkoop
Aanzicht Bekhofschans
3

TOP Oldeberkoop

TOP Oldeberkoop
Stellingenweg 1
8421 DA Oldeberkoop
Bekhofschans Oldeberkoop
91
4

Tolbrugschans

Tolbrugschans
Oldeberkoperweg 70
8413 NZ Oudehorne
Tolbrugschans Friese Waterlinie
93
5

Tsjongertoer

Tsjongertoer
Tsjongervallei
Katlijk
Tsjongertoer
71 78 31 34
6

Terbandsterschans

Terbandsterschans
Schans
8441 AB Heerenveen
Monument Terbandsterschans Heerenveen
End point: Pim Mulierlaan
Heerenveen

Directions

Starting point: Pim Mulierlaan
Heerenveen

Omdat deze route niets steeds langs fietsknooppunten gaat, heb je een routebeschrijving nodig. 

- Je start op de parkeerplaats van ijsstadion Thialf
- Van hieruit naar knooppunt 25 (Oudeschoot) waar je een stop maakt bij de voormalige Schoterschans 
- Door via knooppunt 47 - 54 - 56 
- Van Oldeholtpade fiets je naar het dorpje Zandhuizen
- Volg knooppunt 28 waar zich de eeuwenoude Bekhofschans bevindt
- Via Oldeberkoop naar knooppunt 91: de voormalige Tolbrugschans
- Langs knooppunt 93 - 71 - 78 - 31 naar Heerenveen
- Bij Heerenveen vanaf Domela Nieuwenhuisweg linksaf bij de rotonde richting Het Meer
- Fiets tot aan knooppunt 34, hier staat het monument van de Terbandsterschans
- Hierna terug fietsen naar het zuiden van Heerenveen waar Thialf wacht

Je kunt deze route ook starten vanaf Toeristisch Overstap Punt Oldeberkoop.

End point: Pim Mulierlaan
Heerenveen
25
47
54
56
28
91
93
71
78
31
34