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Makkum-Witmarsum | Section 10 of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail

(17.1 km)

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Section 10 of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you from the coastal village of Makkum, along the shore of Lake IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea and past an old ring dike near Pingjum to Witmarsum.

At Makkum you climb up onto the Zuiderzee dike and head north along the shore of Lake IJsselmeer to the little village of Zurich. Several church towers can be seen in the low-lying landscape on your right. In the past, the clay soil here was dug out and baked into bricks and tiles. The monks showed the people of the Northern Netherlands how to build kilns in the fields.   

You walk under the highway …

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Section 10 of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you from the coastal village of Makkum, along the shore of Lake IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea and past an old ring dike near Pingjum to Witmarsum.

At Makkum you climb up onto the Zuiderzee dike and head north along the shore of Lake IJsselmeer to the little village of Zurich. Several church towers can be seen in the low-lying landscape on your right. In the past, the clay soil here was dug out and baked into bricks and tiles. The monks showed the people of the Northern Netherlands how to build kilns in the fields.   

You walk under the highway that leads motorists to the Afsluitdijk and end up back at the familiar Wadden Sea coast. Here you turn eastward again and make your way to the dike known as Pingjumer Gulden Halsband, the Gold Collar of Pingjum.

This old ring dike that is so beautifully named surrounds the village of Pingjum and is still virtually intact. It is possible to walk along it. From this vantage point, you look out over the long clay fields used to grow potatoes and beets.

The Vinea Domini Monastery, which once stood northwest of Pingjum, owned ten farms and 300 hectares of land. To protect their farmland and mound villages from the sea, the monks and the people of Zurich, Pingjum, Witmarsum, Arum and Kimswerd, hauled no fewer than three million stretchers of soil to build a 20-kilometre dike. An incredible achievement! 

Witmarsum was the birthplace of the influential Anabaptist religious leader, Menno Simons. There is a charming little district around the Dutch Reformed Koepelkerk church with a bridge, a warehouse and a rectory. There is also still an Anabaptist church in the village. 

This route is part of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Markt 31
8754 CM Makkum
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Van Doniakerk Makkum

Van Doniakerk Makkum
Kerkeburen 37
8754 CZ Makkum
Van Doniakerk vanuit de lucht
73
2

Cornwerdermolen

Cornwerdermolen
Sotterumerdijk 23
8753JA Cornwerd
75
41
46
13
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Slaperdijk Willem Loré

Slaperdijk Willem Loré
8751 TH Zurich
65
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Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO Werelderfgoed de Waddenzee bij Zurich
Caspar de Roblesdijk 1
8751 TH Zurich
5

Dorpskerk Zurich

Dorpskerk Zurich
Schoolstraat 6
8751 TG Zurich
kerk Zurich
27
28
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Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike

Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike
Pingjumerstraat
8748 BN Witmarsum
Pingjumer Gouden Halsband dijkje met wandelaar
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62
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Doopsgezinde kerk Witmarsum

Doopsgezinde kerk Witmarsum
Arumerweg 38
Witmarsum
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End point: Kerkplein 1
8748 BP Witmarsum
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