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Anjum - Ezumazijl - Weerd Convent | Circular Walk 3 of the Bonifatius Kloosterpad Monastery Route

22.0 km

The history of the old tidal landscape south of the little village of Anjum is written on the land. Farmers and monks built dams to prevent the fertile soil from being carried off and deposited in the delta at high tide. The old farmland has since been reclaimed by nature.

Near the village of Oostmahorn you look out over Lauwersmeer National Park, a nature reserve with 5000 hectares of reed beds, marshland, swamp forest and rough grassland. 

You walk south to the lock at Ezumazijl. There has been a lock here since the Middle Ages. It was built to regulate the water level in the surrounding polders.

Ezumakeeg nature reserve nearby is popular among birdwatchers. In this transitional zone between water and land there are always many birds. 

Heading inland …

The history of the old tidal landscape south of the little village of Anjum is written on the land. Farmers and monks built dams to prevent the fertile soil from being carried off and deposited in the delta at high tide. The old farmland has since been reclaimed by nature.

Near the village of Oostmahorn you look out over Lauwersmeer National Park, a nature reserve with 5000 hectares of reed beds, marshland, swamp forest and rough grassland. 

You walk south to the lock at Ezumazijl. There has been a lock here since the Middle Ages. It was built to regulate the water level in the surrounding polders.

Ezumakeeg nature reserve nearby is popular among birdwatchers. In this transitional zone between water and land there are always many birds. 

Heading inland again, you follow the winding Nijlânswei to a bend of the Zuider Ee canal. From here you can see a small hill with a farm and a few scattered houses on it. This was where Weerd Convent once stood. This Norbertine convent was a daughter house of the Bonifatiusklooster monastery in Dokkum.

During the religious wars between the Protestants and the Catholics in the 16th century, the convent was plundered and burned to the ground. This raised area in the landscape is now all that remains of Weerd Convent.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Mûntsebuorren
Anjum
38
1

Michaëlkerk Anjum

Michaëlkerk Anjum
Tsjerkepaed 2
9133 MG Anjum
Kerk Anjum
2

Molenmuseum De Eendragt

Molenmuseum De Eendragt
Mounebuorren 18
9133 MB Anjum
44 37 52 62
3

Lauwersmeer - Ezumakeeg-Noord - Kijkheuvel

Lauwersmeer - Ezumakeeg-Noord - Kijkheuvel
9133 Anjum
85 97 88 77 49
4

Voormalig klooster Weerd

Voormalig klooster Weerd
Kleasterwei
9135 Morra
Kerkramen
63 68 38
End point: Mûntsebuorren
Anjum

Directions

Starting point: Mûntsebuorren
Anjum

Op de Mûntsebuorren bij molen De Eendracht van knooppunt 38 rechtsaf Terpsterwei naar knoopunt 44 - 37 - 52 - 62 - 85 - 97 - 88 -77 - 49 -  63 - 68 - 38

Voorbij klooster Weerd eind Kleasterwei rechtsaf Keechsdyk, na Welgegelegen rechtsaf Headamsterwei, linksaf Lange Moersdijk, rechtsaf Bartenswei terug naar Anjum.

End point: Mûntsebuorren
Anjum
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