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Tour of Holwerd

3 hour (47.0 km)

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The route starts at the Holwerd aan Zee project office. Plans are being made here to bring the old trading terp back into direct contact with the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Experience Centre Noordhoren is located in the former Reformed Church and is also a starting point for excursions on the mudflats.

You cycle along the Holwerdervaart into the hinterland. Residents here once created small and large terps for when the sea flooded the land. If you look closely, you can still see them in the small terp villages of Lichtaard, Ginnum and Reitsum (where you can get fresh milk, custard and other dairy products at De Molketap).

Holwerd, Blija and Ferwert are still clearly recognizable as terps. Hegebeintum is the undisputed highlight. The visitor center at the base tells the story of the terp countryside.

After …

The route starts at the Holwerd aan Zee project office. Plans are being made here to bring the old trading terp back into direct contact with the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Experience Centre Noordhoren is located in the former Reformed Church and is also a starting point for excursions on the mudflats.

You cycle along the Holwerdervaart into the hinterland. Residents here once created small and large terps for when the sea flooded the land. If you look closely, you can still see them in the small terp villages of Lichtaard, Ginnum and Reitsum (where you can get fresh milk, custard and other dairy products at De Molketap).

Holwerd, Blija and Ferwert are still clearly recognizable as terps. Hegebeintum is the undisputed highlight. The visitor center at the base tells the story of the terp countryside.

After Ferwert, the route travels along the seawall. First along the seaside, past salt marshes and land reclamation. It’s a paradise for birdwatchers. In August and September, the samphire turns red and the sea aster blooms. You get an even better view of it all from the pier heading towards the Amelander ferry. Or take a break from your cycling trip here and walk to the Kees Wevers observation post, a bird-watching hut in the middle of the salt marsh.

You can't miss the two larger-than-life iron ladies on top of the dike: the artwork ‘Wachten op hoog water’ (Waiting for High Tide). Afterwards you cycle further while sheltered behind the seawall. If you’re the curious type, take a peek over the dike and see how the mudflats are different there.

After the beautiful village of Ternaard, the route heads back to Holwerd. In the future Holwerd aan Zee?

Breaks and accommodation

You’ll encounter places for a short or long break. Tea gardens, a B&B Bij de Pastorie, and an environmentally friendly Vegotel for vegan accommodation. It’s also possible to stay in Holwerd, whether it’s in a cozy holiday home, at the campsite or in a real villa. More information can be found here

Sights on this route

Starting point: Fiskwei 30
9151 HT Holwerd
19 20 22 21 17

Bij De Pastorie B&B

Flieterpsterdyk 21
9175 GG Reitsum
Bij De Pastorie B&B

Rustpunt Aylvastate

Flieterpsterdyk 5
9174 GE Ginnum
Rustpunt Aylvastate
77 16

Rustpunt Oan de Flappe

Farebuorren 23
9171 MB Blije
Rustpunt Oan de Flappe
15 14 75

Craft cotton printing factory, Kleine Lijn

Stationsweg 29
9171LR Blije
Craft cotton printing factory, Kleine Lijn
13

Visitor's Center 'Terp Hegebeintum'

Pypkedyk 4 .
9173 GC Hegebeintum
Visitor's Center 'Terp Hegebeintum'
34

Lytse Teetún

Lytse Teetún
Hoofdstraat 41
9172 MN Ferwert
Lytse Teetún
02 76 18

Sense of Place: Waiting for high tide

Nieuwe Zeedijk
9151AE Holwerd
Sense of Place: Waiting for high tide
28 27 26 19

Rustpunt Nij Bonga

Stasjonswei 25
9151 JL Holwerd
Rustpunt Nij Bonga

Sint Willibrorduskerk

Tsjerkestrjitte 11
9151 HV Holwerd
Sint Willibrorduskerk
End point: Fiskwei 30
9151 HT Holwerd

Directions

Starting point: Fiskwei 30
9151 HT Holwerd
  • B&B Bij De Pastorie
    A typical Frisian rectory. There is a china shop next to the house and you can spend the night in a lodge.

  • Rest stop Oan de Flappe
    Ready for some coffee and a tasty treat? The traditional Frisian farm (head-neck-body layout) Oan de Flappe is a great place to sit, with a view of a nature reserve with meadow birds such as the lapwing and the black-tailed godwit.
  • Rest stop Aylvastate
    You can enjoy a far-reaching view of the dairy farm’s tea garden. Free-range eggs and products from the orchard and vegetable garden are for sale along the roadside.
  • Hegebeintum visitor centre
    At the visitor center in Hegebeintum, discover why terps lie in a row in the landscape and how the terp inhabitants coped with death.
  • Kleine-Lijn tea garden
    Tea from our own garden. The fruit trees, plants and flowers also provide ingredients for the home-made cake and the traditional printed cotton shop.
  • Sense of Place Wachten op hoog water (Waiting for High Tide)
    Full-figured and thin. Together they gaze out over the sea. The two naked, welded metal ladies symbolize the quest for balance and exchange.
  • Rustpunt Nij Bonga
    In the garden under the old beech tree the rest area has been set up to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with delicacies and to recharge the e-bike. The cakes or pastries are baked by the residents of Holwerd.
  • Sint Willibrorduskerk
    The last stop on this route is the beautiful church from 1778, built in the style of Louis XVI, which has a special L-shape. Have a look for yourself and come in.
End point: Fiskwei 30
9151 HT Holwerd
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Attributes

  • Name of Administrator: This route has been made possible by the Interreg 5a program Wadden Agenda.
    The 'Wadden Agenda' project is carried out within the framework of the INTERREG program Germany-Netherlands and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development, as well as by the Provinces of Friesland and Groningen, supervised by the program management of the Eems Dollart Region (EDR).
  • Marked: Yes
  • Type of Route: Recreation
  • Route obstacles: On the road
  • Route characteristics: From A to A
  • Starting point: Start: Holwerd aan Zee project office, Fiskwei 30 in Holwerd.
    You can park here or at Carpark Holwerd.
    Didn’t you bring a bike? Rent one at Fietsverhuur Holwerd, www.fietsverhuurholwerd.nl.
  • ChildrenYes
  • AlternativeYes
  • GroupsYes
  • BusinessYes
  • FamiliesYes
  • Young peopleYes
  • PupilsYes
  • StudentsYes
  • AdultsYes
  • Senior citizensYes
  • Dogs on leashYes
  • Nordic walkingYes
  • E-bikeYes
  • Mountain bikeYes
  • Racing bikeYes
  • Tour bikeYes