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Turfroute

105.0 km

The other Friesland, with forests, peat colonies and heathlands: that is the southeastern corner of the province. A network of waterways was already under construction in the 16th century, over which turf shippers transported their cargo to the west of the country. The Turf route travels over these waterways through Southeast Friesland, the western part of Drenthe and the top of Overijssel. You also pass four beautiful national parks: the Drents-Friese Wold, the Dwingelderveld, the Alde-Feanen and the Weerribben. The route’s name refers to the past of men of position, turf bosses and poor turf diggers. The turf trade made some of the major Frisian families quite rich. Their legacy, country estates with beautiful gardens and parks, can be seen at places like Bakkeveen, Oldeberkoop, Beetsterzwaag and Oranjewoud. On 25 July 2015, there was a piece in De Telegraaf newspaper about the Turf route.

Sights on this route

Starting point: 8488 AP Appelscha
1

Colonies of Benevolence

Colonies of Benevolence
Frederiksoord
2

Opsterlandse Compagnonsvaart

Opsterlandse Compagnonsvaart
Donkerbroek
3

Wijnjeterperschar Nature Reserve

Wijnjeterperschar Nature Reserve
Wijnjeterpverlaat
4

De Frije Wiken

De Frije Wiken
Gorredijk
5

Koningsdiep River

Koningsdiep River
akkrum
6

Sudergemaal Pumping Station

Sudergemaal Pumping Station
Nij Beets
7

De Deelen Nature Reserve

De Deelen Nature Reserve
Gersloot
8

Reuzen van Akkrum

Reuzen van Akkrum
Akkrum
9

Heerenveen

Heerenveen
Heerenveen
10

Sluis I

Sluis I
Sevenaerpad
Nieuwehorne
Sluis 1 Turfroute
11

Frisian Water Line

Frisian Water Line
Oldeberkoop
End point: Appelscha