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Kuiertocht Tjerkwerd

(6.0 km)

Before the rise of automobiles, almost all goods and passenger transportation occurred by water using a tow barge. The towpath between Workum and Bolsward was an important connection for this purpose. From Tjerkwerd, you'll walk along the old towpath along the canal.

Towpaths
Along the canal are the so-called "towpaths." The tow barges were pulled, on the adjacent path, by people or horses known as "jagertjes." This is where the name towpath comes from. From Tjerkwerd, you'll walk along the towpath. Returning to the starting point, you'll walk via the partly unpaved Krabbendijk.

Hemdijk
From junction 50, you'll walk along the Hemdijk. This dike marks the boundary between the clay area (north side) and the peat area (south side). You'll walk from Tjerkwerd to IJlst. Here, you can clearly see the differences in elevation between the two landscapes.

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Before the rise of automobiles, almost all goods and passenger transportation occurred by water using a tow barge. The towpath between Workum and Bolsward was an important connection for this purpose. From Tjerkwerd, you'll walk along the old towpath along the canal.

Towpaths
Along the canal are the so-called "towpaths." The tow barges were pulled, on the adjacent path, by people or horses known as "jagertjes." This is where the name towpath comes from. From Tjerkwerd, you'll walk along the towpath. Returning to the starting point, you'll walk via the partly unpaved Krabbendijk.

Hemdijk
From junction 50, you'll walk along the Hemdijk. This dike marks the boundary between the clay area (north side) and the peat area (south side). You'll walk from Tjerkwerd to IJlst. Here, you can clearly see the differences in elevation between the two landscapes.

Please note: because you'll be walking through farmers' fields, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the part of the route between Dedgum (71) and the Hemdijk (50).

Kuiertocht
A "kuiertocht" is a short walking route. So, it probably won't surprise you that in Frisian, "wandelen" translates to "kuierje". You can easily combine a leisurely stroll with an activity in the area, or choose to embark on another leisurely stroll. An overview of all leisurely strolls can be found here.

Sights on this route

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Jaagpad langs de Workumertrekvaart

Een prachtig jaagpad om langs te fietsen of wandelen is het jaagpad bij Tjerkwerd langs de Workumertrekvaart. Je fietst of wandelt direct langs het water.

Jaagpad langs de Workumertrekvaart
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Sint Joriskerk Dedgum

De oude kerk in het kleine terpdorp Dedgum werd in 1889 gesloopt en nog datzelfde jaar zag de nieuwe het licht, een eenvoudige kerk met een ranke toren. Voor een uitzicht dat reikt tot aan het IJsselmeer mag je de toren beklimmen.

Sint Joriskerk Dedgum Sint Joriskerk Dedgum vanuit de lucht
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Hemdijk

A hemdijk is an inner dike that was constructed in the twelfth century to protect important agricultural areas in the Low Middle of Friesland from surging water.

Hemdijk
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Hempolders

In the area between Bolsward and Raerd, the Frisian Hempolders emerged from the twelfth century on the southern side of the silted-up Middelzee.

Hempolders Hemdijken bij IJlst
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