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Balk - Wyldemerk | Elfstedenpad Hiking Trail: Section 4

(18.3 km)

Along the first part of the route from Balk to Sloten you have a constant view of Lake Slotermeer.

Sloten is the smallest of the Friesland’s eleven historical cities and living proof that a city does not have to be big to make an impression. This compact little city retains its original layout and the city walls are almost completely intact. 

From here you continue through the Gaasterland region where the gently rolling landscape changes to cliffs and deciduous forests along the coast of the IJsselmeer. You walk through the little village of Wyckel, past the village of Ruigahuizen and continue through the forest to the De Luts river, which is part of the Elfstedentocht route. De Luts river flows into the small lake at the Wyldemerk nature reserve which is a haven for dragonflies. This section of the trail ends just south of the nature reserve. 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Swinderenstraat 10
8561 HK Balk
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Vaste Burchtkerk Fortress Church

Vaste Burchtkerk Fortress Church

The substantial tower of this church rises proudly above the Van Coehoorn forest, which is named after the strategist and fortress builder Menno Van Coehoorn, who is buried in a spectacular mausoleum in the church.

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Washing lines of Sloten

Washing lines of Sloten

Sloten likes to pay homage to its 'bleaches'. This 'Bleekweide' was a grassy commons area on which freshly washed linen was left to dry and bleach in the sun. Sloten likes to remember this bleaching system along its city moat.

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11Fountains Sloten

11Fountains Sloten

The ‘Peewit’ shows a girl standing on the shoulders of a man. She holds a bird in her hand. Under the man’s feet a disheveled pile of buckets, jerry cans and barrels form the base of the fountain.

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De Kaai corn mill

De Kaai corn mill

Near the Lemster Gate you will also find De Kaai corn mill. The windmill stands on a bastion of the city walls, where it still grinds wheat into flour in the traditional and authentic manner. On Saturdays, the mill is open for viewing and flour sales.

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Ruigahuizen Bell Tower

Ruigahuizen Bell Tower

At one time the village of Ruigahuizen had a church and a bell tower. The old bell tower was demolished in 1920. A new one was built to replace it in 1956. The old bell was installed beneath the four-sided dome roof of the new bell tower.

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Country house Kippenburg

Country house Kippenburg

To stay at an old estate, in the long-standing well-known COUNTRY HOUSE KIPPENBURG. Something exclusive! Built around 1830, decorated in 19th century style. A unique group accommodation with a large garden and forest.

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End point: Skouleane
8567 HK Oudemirdum

Directions

Starting point: Swinderenstraat 10
8561 HK Balk
  • Wandel Balk uit naar Wijckel via de knooppunt 22 - 28 - 24 -25 - 35 -33 -30
  • In Wijckel hou je linksaan om naar Sloten (19) te wandelen. Na een rondgang door Sloten, koers je aan op knooppunt 40 en vervolgens 32 om weer terug te komen in Wijckel.
  • Vanuit hier door naar 34 -50 - 51 - 52 - 20 - 21, je komt uit bij Ruigahuizen (8). Verder door het bos naar 9 - 49 - 60 - 64 (Kippenburg) - 65 - 69 om te eindigen bij 95.    
End point: Skouleane
8567 HK Oudemirdum
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