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Harlingen - Sexbierum | Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail: Stage 12

(16.5 km)

Everything in Harlingen speaks of the sea and maritime history. With its many ports, warehouses and boats on the water, Harlingen is a lovely city to stroll around. Stage 12 of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you from Harlingen to the village of Sexbierum. 

You head east out of the city and walk along a lane lined with greenery to the village of Midlum. You continue on to the village of Wijnaldum where Friesland’s most famous archaeological find was discovered. This led to the creation of an Archaeological Resource Centre in the building next to the church.  

It was here that in 1953, a farmer found a 6th-century gold mantle pin inlaid with precious stones from India. This piece of jewellery shows how prominent this region was within the Frisian realm, which extended over a huge area in the early Middle Ages.…

Everything in Harlingen speaks of the sea and maritime history. With its many ports, warehouses and boats on the water, Harlingen is a lovely city to stroll around. Stage 12 of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you from Harlingen to the village of Sexbierum. 

You head east out of the city and walk along a lane lined with greenery to the village of Midlum. You continue on to the village of Wijnaldum where Friesland’s most famous archaeological find was discovered. This led to the creation of an Archaeological Resource Centre in the building next to the church.  

It was here that in 1953, a farmer found a 6th-century gold mantle pin inlaid with precious stones from India. This piece of jewellery shows how prominent this region was within the Frisian realm, which extended over a huge area in the early Middle Ages.

As you wander through this vast no man’s land, it is hard to imagine that in the early medieval period this was one of the most densely populated areas of northwestern Europe. 

With the help of Christian missionaries, Frankish rulers converted the people of these prosperous Frisian areas to Christianity. As Christianity spread among the Frisians, Catholic monasteries started to appear. 

There are no monasteries on this stretch of the trail. But there are a couple of impressive country houses once inhabited by the Frisian nobility: Ropta State near the sea dyke and Liauckema State just outside Sexbierum, near the village of Pietersbierum. The noble families of the area were often involved in dealings concerning the local lock or ‘zijl’. The waterway that runs through the lock at Roptazijl was once able to be navigated by boats. Today it serves as a fish migration passage.    

This circular walk is part of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail. 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Stationsweg 1
8861 GA Harlingen
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL SUPPPORT POINT WIJNALDUM

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SUPPPORT POINT WIJNALDUM
Tsjerkepaad 3
8857 BJ Wijnaldum
44
2

Uitkijkpunt Terpentoer

Uitkijkpunt Terpentoer
Fiskerspaed
Wijnaldum
63
3

Roptastate

Roptastate
Hoarnestreek 3
8857 RB Wijnaldum
Roptastate
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4

Gemaal Roptazijl

Gemaal Roptazijl
Sylsleane 6
8857 RZ Wijnaldum
Roptazijl bord
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5

Liauckemastate

Liauckemastate
Liauckemalaan 2
8856 BT Sexbierum
Liauckemastate
12
6

Geboortehuis van Tjerk Hiddes de Vries

Geboortehuis van Tjerk Hiddes de Vries
Alde Buorren 2
8855 HP Sexbierum
End point: Tsjerkepaed 1
8855 HM Sexbierum
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