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FROM HISTORICAL TERP TO TERP OF THE FUTURE

1 hour 35 minutes (9.9 km)

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Terps are important features in the Frisian landscape. Historically seen they speak to the imagination, they invoke archaeological questions and inspire new artistic and cultural plans and ideas. The inhabitants of the terps used to be closely connected to the Wadden. Though this relationship is still present in the area's current residents, that once very strong connection was clearly broken with the building of the dikes.

In 2011 the village of Blije decided to change that. The residents wanted to…

Terps are important features in the Frisian landscape. Historically seen they speak to the imagination, they invoke archaeological questions and inspire new artistic and cultural plans and ideas. The inhabitants of the terps used to be closely connected to the Wadden. Though this relationship is still present in the area's current residents, that once very strong connection was clearly broken with the building of the dikes.

In 2011 the village of Blije decided to change that. The residents wanted to live and work facing the Wadden Sea. The landscape of Friesland's highest terp in Hegebeintum still reveals part of the old history. Why not add a new story to this? And so the idea to build a new terp outside the dike near Blije was born: the Terp fan de Takomst (Frisian for Terp Of The Future). A place where extraordinary experiences will attract people to both the village and the Wadden coast; where old stories are told and new ones created.

On The Van Historische Terp naar Terp van de Toekomst (From Historical Terp to Terp of the Future) route visitors will travel through time in an old historical story to this final destination outside the dike.

This project was made possible with funds from: VSBfonds, Provincie Fryslân, Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij, Gemeente Ferwerderadiel, Bezoekerscentrum Terp Hegebeintum, Petronella Fonds Blije, Vereniging Dorpsbelang Blije, etc.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Bezoekerscentrum Terp Hegebeintum
Pypkedyk 4
9173 GC Hegebeintum

Visitor's Center 'Terp Hegebeintum'

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

Hegebeintum

Underom 13
9173 GD Hegebeintum
Hegebeintum
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Harsta State

Harstawei 27
9173 GA Hegebeintum
Harsta State

Harsta Hoeve

Harstawei 23
9173GA Hegebeintum
Harsta Hoeve

De spoorwegovergang

Vogelzangsterweg
9173 GE Hogebeintum
De spoorwegovergang

Entree Blije

Stationsweg
9171 LR Blije
Entree Blije

Craft cotton printing factory, Kleine Lijn

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

Hoofdstraat 7
9171 LA Blije
Het dorpsplein

Unema State

Unemaloane
9171 MG Blije
Unema State

Vegotel

Zeedijk 6
9171AM Blije
Vegotel

NAM terrein

Unemaloane
9171 MG Blije
NAM terrein

De zeedijk

Zeedijk
9171 AM Blije
De zeedijk
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Het kweldergebied

Zeedijk
9172 AR Ferwert
Het kweldergebied

Boerderij Groot Kahool

Kahoolsterlaan 2
9172 AN Ferwert
Boerderij Groot Kahool
End point: Bezoekerscentrum Terp Hegebeintum
Pypkedyk 4
9173 GC Hegebeintum

Directions

Starting point: Bezoekerscentrum Terp Hegebeintum
Pypkedyk 4
9173 GC Hegebeintum
  • Straight on from the terp up the hill to church 1.
  • Pass the church and continue straight on, turn right on the shell path.
  • At the end of the shell path turn right towards Pypedyk, turn left there.
  • Follow the road on foot or by bicycle along the Vogelzangsterweg.
  • Straight on via the lane with white pillars 2.
  • Turn left at the end of the lane near the white house, walking path Forestry Commission (walk, do not ride your bike).
  • Halfway along the path turn left, via small bridge Vogelzangsterweg.
  • Turn right and follow the route towards Blije.
  • Turn right at hub 89, former railway route 3.
  • Turn left before the former railway station Blije, Stationsweg 4.

Fancy a gift or a snack? This is your chance! Make a stop at number 29 Kleine-Lijn, traditional textile printers with gift shop, delicious coffee and tea with scrumptious home-made pie.

  • To the left, in the orchard behind Stationsweg 10, Monsama State was previously located, one of the four states in Blije. Just before the church to the left there was a chicoreieest (chicory dryer) up until the 1970s. A large rainwater well is located between the shell path and the church. During dry summers half of the village came to get water here.
  • The iconic Hervormde St. Nicolaas Kerk (Reformed Saint Nicholas Church) sits on a rather low terp. The Roman tower dates back to the 13th century. Is the church open? Make sure to have a look inside this showpiece: a 16th-century gravestone depicting a warrior in full armour. This depiction goes together with the soldierly life of the most famous inhabitant of Blije: Janke van Unema.
  • Straight on until the centre of the village and Watse Cuperusplein 5.
  • Turn left at the end of the market square, Unemastraat, a former creek (mudflat gully) between the sea and lower hinterland.
  • Cross the provincial road at the end of Unemastraat, Ljouwerterdyk.
  • Straight on to the right is a former terp with dwelling. During the Middle Ages the location of Unema State 6.
  • Straight on Unemaloane. Just before the sea dike is a NAM drilling location 7.
  • Straight on and cross the road (Zeedijk), climb the stairs onto the dike to enjoy the view over the marshland 8.
  • Cycle or walk down the dike to the left to the terp located outside the dike 9.

To return:

  • Return to the road via the dike, turn right onto Zeedijk, then turn left on Kahoolsterlaan.
  • At the end of Kahoolsterlaan, cross the provincial road and turn left towards Blije. When you enter the village, turn right on Vogelzangsterweg until you reach the starting point at the Terp Hegebeintum visitors centre.
End point: Bezoekerscentrum Terp Hegebeintum
Pypkedyk 4
9173 GC Hegebeintum
13
75
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Attributes

  • Marked: Yes
  • Type of Route: Nature track
  • Route obstacles: On the road
  • Route characteristics: From A to A
  • Name of Administrator: The translation of this trail was funded by the Interreg 5a project Wadden Agenda 2.0.
    The Wadden Agenda project is implemented under the INTERREG Germany-Netherlands programme and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development and the provinces of Friesland and Groningen and supervised by the Eems Dollart Region (EDR) programme management.
  • FamiliesYes
  • AdultsYes
  • Senior citizensYes