Skip to main content
MAP

Elfstedenpad Hiking Trail (Overview)

283.0 km

Inspired by the famous Elfstedentocht tour skating event - the ‘tour of all tours’, the Elfstedenpad hiking trail needs to be on your bucket list!  

This 283-kilometre hiking trail through the province of Friesland is divided into 16 sections and takes you to the eleven historical cities and many picturesque little villages.

- Section 0: Tour of Leeuwarden
- Section 1: Leeuwarden-Mantgum
- Section 2: Mantgum-Sneek
- Section 3: Sneek-Balk
- Section 4: Balk-Wyldemerk
- Section 5: Wyldemerk-Stavoren
- Section 6: Stavoren-Workum
- Section 7: Workum-Bolsward
- Section 8: Bolsward-Wadden Sea Dike
- Section 9: Wadden Sea Dike-Herbaijum
- Section 10: Herbaijum-Berlikum
- Section 11: Berlikum-Hallumerhoek
- Section 12: Hallumerhoek-Dokkum
- Section 13: Dokkum-Wouterswoude
- Section 14: Wouterswoude-Oenkerk
- Section 15: Oenkerk-Leeuwarden

You can walk the Elfstedenpad hiking trail in any sea…

Inspired by the famous Elfstedentocht tour skating event - the ‘tour of all tours’, the Elfstedenpad hiking trail needs to be on your bucket list!  

This 283-kilometre hiking trail through the province of Friesland is divided into 16 sections and takes you to the eleven historical cities and many picturesque little villages.

- Section 0: Tour of Leeuwarden
- Section 1: Leeuwarden-Mantgum
- Section 2: Mantgum-Sneek
- Section 3: Sneek-Balk
- Section 4: Balk-Wyldemerk
- Section 5: Wyldemerk-Stavoren
- Section 6: Stavoren-Workum
- Section 7: Workum-Bolsward
- Section 8: Bolsward-Wadden Sea Dike
- Section 9: Wadden Sea Dike-Herbaijum
- Section 10: Herbaijum-Berlikum
- Section 11: Berlikum-Hallumerhoek
- Section 12: Hallumerhoek-Dokkum
- Section 13: Dokkum-Wouterswoude
- Section 14: Wouterswoude-Oenkerk
- Section 15: Oenkerk-Leeuwarden

You can walk the Elfstedenpad hiking trail in any season and you can start the trail at any point. To make things easy, 8 of the 16 sections start from a train station. But of course, it is more rewarding to walk the trail over a period of several days and stay in local B&Bs in Friesland!  

The trail is indicated by the red and yellow markings used internationally to mark long-distance hiking trails. Here and there, the trail departs from the route followed by the skaters to take you along the most beautiful footpaths. Not only do you get to see Friesland’s eleven historical cities, you also discover the countryside in between. 

The 16 sections of the trail are described on our website. On these pages you can find the junction numbers for each section of the trail. 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Fryslânplein 1
8914 BZ Leeuwarden
1

Leeuwarden (Ljouwert)

8911 AE Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden fontein
Leeuwarden (Ljouwert)
2

Sneek (Snits)

8601 AE Sneek
Waterpoort Sneek
Sneek (Snits)
3

IJlst (Drylts)

8651 EB IJlst
Molen IJlst
IJlst (Drylts)
4

Sloten (Sleat)

8556 XW Sloten
Sloten gracht
Sloten (Sleat)
5

Stavoren (Starum)

8715 ES Stavoren
Fontein Stavoren
Stavoren (Starum)
6

Hindeloopen (Hylpen)

8713 KJ Hindeloopen
Hindeloopen
Hindeloopen (Hylpen)
7

Workum (Warkum)

8711 CL Workum
Workum Fontein
Workum (Warkum)
8

Bolsward (Boalsert)

8701JC Bolsward
Bolsward Broerekerk
Bolsward (Boalsert)
9

Harlingen (Harns)

8862 PK Harlingen
Harlingen stad
Harlingen (Harns)
10

Franeker (Frentsjer)

8801 LZ Franeker
Franeker
Franeker (Frentsjer)
11

Dokkum (Dokkum)

9101 LS Dokkum
Dokkum kerk en fontein
Dokkum (Dokkum)
End point: Fryslânplein 1
8914 BZ Leeuwarden

Directions

Starting point: Fryslânplein 1
8914 BZ Leeuwarden

Wil je zo goed mogelijk in de schaatssfeer komen? Start dan in Leeuwarden bij de schaatsbaan de Elfstedenhal, hier is ook ruime parkeergelegenheid.

Van daaruit trek je naar het zuiden. Je doet achtereenvolgens de steden Sneek, IJlst en Sloten aan.

Dan wandel je door in westelijke riching, dwars door het glooiende Gaasterland, naar Stavoren, Hindeloopen en Workum, allemaal aan de IJsselmeerkust gelegen,

Dan is het tijd om het terpenland in te trekken richting Bolsward. Van daaruit terug naar de kust, aan het Wad ligt Harlingen te wachten en meer landinwaarts Franeker.

Dan volgt er een hele reis over het Bildt naar de noordelijkste stad Dokkum. Vanaf Dokkum wandel je door de beschutte Friese wouden terug naar het centrum van Friesland om in de hoofdstad Leeuwarden te finishen.     

End point: Fryslânplein 1
8914 BZ Leeuwarden