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Franeker - Bolsward | Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail: Stage 8

(23.3 km)

This stage of the trail leads from one St Martin’s church to another. You walk from north to south along the Slachtedyk dike, the ‘Chinese Wall’ of Friesland, which protected people from tidal surges of the Middelzee inlet. 

This area was subject to frequent flooding until well into the Middle Ages. The water posed a major threat to the local villages and monasteries. Miedum monastery near Franeker, for example, only lasted 62 years. The Slachtedyk dike arose as old dikes were linked together and closed off the Middelzee inlet.

Standing one and a half metres high, the dike is a cultural and historical landmark that sheds light on history. Today it offers hikers a beautiful scenic route through grasslands inhabited by meadow birds.

As you walk along t…

This stage of the trail leads from one St Martin’s church to another. You walk from north to south along the Slachtedyk dike, the ‘Chinese Wall’ of Friesland, which protected people from tidal surges of the Middelzee inlet. 

This area was subject to frequent flooding until well into the Middle Ages. The water posed a major threat to the local villages and monasteries. Miedum monastery near Franeker, for example, only lasted 62 years. The Slachtedyk dike arose as old dikes were linked together and closed off the Middelzee inlet.

Standing one and a half metres high, the dike is a cultural and historical landmark that sheds light on history. Today it offers hikers a beautiful scenic route through grasslands inhabited by meadow birds.

As you walk along the old dikes, the only buildings you see are farms and church towers. The highest tower you will see is in the little village of Tsjom, which was once on the Wadden Sea coast.

A picturesque winding path takes you past the hamlet of Tolsum, where a text dating back to the year 29 CE was found, the earliest written text ever found in the Netherlands.

Next, you cross the raised bridge over the main road and, after making your way through the little villages of Burgwerd and Hichtum, quickly find yourself in the centre of Bolsward. 

This route is part of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Schoolsteeg 4
8801 LL Franeker
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Martinikerk Franeker

Martinikerk Franeker

De Martinikerk is gebouwd in 2e helft van de 14e eeuw. En is oorspronkelijk gewijd aan Martinus van Tours (316-397). Op de plek zijn er in de geschiedenis vele activiteiten geweest.

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Museum Martena

Museum Martena

Museum Martena is the museum of the city of Franeker. Traditionally Franeker is one of the eleven cities of Friesland, it has a historic center with canals, a street plan dating from the Middle Ages and many remarkable old buildings.

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Slachtedyk

Slachtedyk

Deze 42 kilometer lange slaperdijk beschermde eeuwenlang een flink deel van Noordwest-Fryslân tegen het water. Sinds 2000 wordt de dijk door It Fryske Gea beheerd. “De bochtige Slachtedyk is...

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St Martin’s Church in Bolsward

St Martin’s Church in Bolsward

St Martin’s Church in Bolsward is a Gothic church. Its substantial gable roof bell tower has dominated the skyline of the city of Bolsward for centuries.

End point: Groot Kerkhof 26
8701 HG Bolsward
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