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Dokkum-Ferwert | Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail: Stage 4

(21.3 km)

Long ago a freshwater spring welled up in a tidal saltwater landscape. This strange phenomenon occurred in Dokkum and came to be associated with St Boniface. After the death of St Boniface, the spring became a popular place of pilgrimage. Today the Ice Fountain created as part of the 11 Fountains project marks the spot on the De Markt market square in Dokkum where the abbey church built next to the freshwater spring once stood. The outline of the church can be seen in the paving on the square.

This stage of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you to the village of Aalsum, which is built on a mound that dates back to the 7th century. From here you follow a farm track across meadows to the Betterwird business park, named after a grange established by Claercamp monastery. 

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Long ago a freshwater spring welled up in a tidal saltwater landscape. This strange phenomenon occurred in Dokkum and came to be associated with St Boniface. After the death of St Boniface, the spring became a popular place of pilgrimage. Today the Ice Fountain created as part of the 11 Fountains project marks the spot on the De Markt market square in Dokkum where the abbey church built next to the freshwater spring once stood. The outline of the church can be seen in the paving on the square.

This stage of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you to the village of Aalsum, which is built on a mound that dates back to the 7th century. From here you follow a farm track across meadows to the Betterwird business park, named after a grange established by Claercamp monastery. 

You walk along the bank of the gently meandering Dokkumer Ee canal. Claercamp monastery built by Cistercian monks on the other side of this little waterway was the largest monastery in the Northern Netherlands. The monastery was situated on the edge of a raised bog partly covered with trees and an open salt marsh landscape. The monks turned the marshland into productive farmland and Claercamp went on to become the richest monastery in north of the Netherlands. Today nothing is left of it. 

You walk along a cobbled road that leads slowly uphill to the small village of Jannum where you can see a beautiful little church. This special place in the Frisian countryside will transport you back to the Middle Ages.

The villages of Reitsum, Genum and Lichtaard are among a group of mound villages known as Flieterpen located on the land below the salt marsh ridge on which the villages of Ferwert, Marrum and Hallum were built. The mounds were erected around the beginning of the Common Era before the dikes were constructed. On each mound you will find an old church. 

The mound village of Hegebeintum, which is 7.6 metres above sea level, is the highest village in the Netherlands. You continue on to the medieval village of Ferwert, which sits on the salt marsh ridge mentioned earlier.

This route is part of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail.

Sights on this route

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St Boniface Chapel

St Boniface Chapel

The 2.5-metre high memorial statue of St Boniface next to the St Boniface spring marks the spot where the saint died. Monastery stone was used to build a chapel near the spring to make this a place of pilgrimage.

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Old Town Hall in Dokkum

Old Town Hall in Dokkum

The bridge that marks the turning point of the Elfstedentocht tour skating event offers the best view of the old town hall in Dokkum, which was built in 1607. It’s as pretty as a picture!

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Sint-Bonifatiuskerk

Sint-Bonifatiuskerk

De Sint-Bonifatiuskerk is een rooms-katholieke kerk in de binnenstad van Dokkum. Het rijksmonument werd gebouwd in 1871.

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Kerkmuseum Jannum

Kerkmuseum Jannum

Wil je in Middeleeuwse sferen komen? Bezoek dan het bijzondere kerkje op de terp van Jannum. Het lijkt wel of de tijd hier heel lang heeft stilgestaan. 

Kerkje Jannum exterieur
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Atelierkerk Ginnum

Atelierkerk Ginnum

De stokoude 12e eeuwse kerk ligt middenin het dorp op een terprest, die dateert uit de IJzertijd. Vandaag de dag wordt de kerk verhuurd aan beeldende kunstenaars die hier geïnspireerd raken.

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Harsta State

Harsta State

De Harsta State in Hegebeintum stamt uit 1511, het is een historisch gebouw met een mooie landschapstuin en bijzondere ligging in het noorden van Friesland.

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Kerk Hegebeintum

Kerk Hegebeintum

De terp van Hegebeintum is met 9 meter de hoogte terp van Nederland. Op de terp ligt een schilderachtig Romaans kerkje uit de 12e eeuw. Binnen hangt een rijke adellijke collectie rouwborden.

Kerk Hegebeintum
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