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Sneek - Balk | Elfstedenpad Hiking Trail: Section 3

(23.4 km)

This section of the trail sets off from the famous Waterpoort water gate in the historical centre of Sneek. The city is popular for water sports. You walk through a residential area to the wide Geeuw river, then a picturesque little footpath leads you to the Frisian city of IJlst, where you can see the De Rat sawmill. IJlst has beautiful canals with gardens along the banks. This relatively quiet little city was once known for its woodworking industry, which produced skates among other things. 

From IJlst the route continues to the contiguous villages…

This section of the trail sets off from the famous Waterpoort water gate in the historical centre of Sneek. The city is popular for water sports. You walk through a residential area to the wide Geeuw river, then a picturesque little footpath leads you to the Frisian city of IJlst, where you can see the De Rat sawmill. IJlst has beautiful canals with gardens along the banks. This relatively quiet little city was once known for its woodworking industry, which produced skates among other things. 

From IJlst the route continues to the contiguous villages of Jutrijp and Hommerts. The next section of the route is hard going. It leads under the aqueduct and runs alongside the motorway as you make your way to Woudsend. Fortunately, Woudsend is a charming village with many waterways, quaint narrow streets, surprising vistas, delightful little terraces and a range of attractions.

A few kilometres outside of Woudsend the trail turns off and leads you around the edge of Lake Slotermeer, ending in the lovely little town of Balk. 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Lemmerweg 45
8607 AA Sneek
70
71
1

Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Visit wind powered sawmill ‘De Rat’ and step back in time three hundred years!

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11Fountains Ijlst

11Fountains Ijlst

Culture, like nature, consists of layer upon layer. New generations continue to build on a foundation which does not disappear.

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3

Waterside Gardens

Waterside Gardens

Unique and characteristic to IJlst are the waterside gardens on each side of the Ee.

31
15
68
68
70
4

Houtzaagmolen De Jager

Houtzaagmolen De Jager

Houtzaagmolen De Jager te Woudsend is gebouwd in 1719. Tot aan de eind jaren '60 is de molen volop in bedrijf geweest. Na de restauratie in '75 wordt de molen werkende gehouden door een groep vrijwilligers. Elke zaterdag is deze unieke molen te bezoeken.

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St Michael’s Church in Woudsend

St Michael’s Church in Woudsend

St Michael’s Church in Woudsend built in 1792 is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the North of the Netherlands. The beautiful statues, leaded glass windows, paintings and, above all, the intimate scale of the interior leave a lasting impression.

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Korenmolen 't Lam

Korenmolen 't Lam

Mole 't Lam is de oudste korenmolen van Friesland en staat in Woudsend, waar de molenaar en zijn vrouw koren en graan ambachtelijk malen tot meelproducten en diverse broodmixen.

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7

Klokkenstoel Ypecolsga

Klokkenstoel Ypecolsga

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88
23
22
End point: Swinderenstraat 10
8561 HK Balk

Directions

Starting point: Lemmerweg 45
8607 AA Sneek
  • Met de Waterpoort achter je, wandel je Sneek uit via knooppunt 70 - 71.
  • Dan door naar IJlst (91), je wandelt over de grachten in dit stadje verder naar knooppunt 31 -15 om in Jutrijp uit te komen.
  • Dan volgt de wandeling langs de provinciale weg naar 68 - 70 - 34 (Woudsend).
  • In Woudsend is het slalommen door de steegjen om het dorp te verlaten richting 56 (Ypecolsgea), daar linksaf gaan en het pad langs het meer (88) volgen naar het centrum van Balk (23 - 22)
End point: Swinderenstraat 10
8561 HK Balk
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  • 71
  • 91
  • 31
  • 15
  • 68
  • 68
  • 70
  • 34
  • 56
  • 88
  • 23
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