The region Gaasterland is located in the national landscape Southwest Fryslân. Unlike most of Friesland, this region is woody and hilly.
The beautiful nature and the watery surroundings engulf you, through the many marsh and peat areas, pools, and, of course, the Frisian Lakes. Gaasterland has always been known for the Rijsterbos and the Mirnser Klif, and is particularly suitable for cycling, running, sailing, and horse riding.
Woods, cliffs, and ‘gaasten’
The woods of Gaasterland are planted in the 17th century as a production forest, with the Rijsterbos as its showpiece. The monumental avenue with stately oaks and beeches recalls an important past. In addition, around the village Oudemirdum, you will find beautiful woods with an extensive network of cycling and walking routes. The badger population in this area is striking.
Long ago, the sloping landscape was formed by glaciers, which pushed the ground up to boulder clay ridges (gaasten) with a layer of sand over it. Koudum, Warns, and a large part of Gaasterland are situated on these hills. The sandy soils continue as a narrow ridge until the vicinity of Sint Nicolaasga. The highest point of Gaasterland is Oudemirdum, with + 12.70 NAP, where you have a magnificent view over land and IJsselmeer. There are no fewer than three cliffs in this area; the Red cliff, the Mirnserklif, and the Oudemirdumerklif. The latter is accessible by a wheelchair-accessible path, which ends at a beautiful beach with a pavilion.
The nature reserves are well represented in Gaasterland: