Bicycle Elfstedentocht

Súdwest-Fryslân, Friesland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 1100981

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Provided by: Land in Friesland

237.4 km
13:58 h
4185 kcal
12 m


Thousands of cyclists pedal along the Elfstedenroute every year on Whit Monday. What those cyclists skip, because there are so many of them, is a narrow, beautiful road along the Dokkumer Ee. Do you want to take this route? Then start at the bridge at Sibrandahuis, on the road: Trekwei. You turn left onto the Iewal, the water is then on the left. Left again at the T-junction, onto the Iedyk. As soon as you cycle a little further from the water, you have to turn left, a narrow cycle path into the woods.

Keep following that cycle path, it leads you around the harbor in Burdaard, past the mill and through the village. Keep cycling to the right of the water. Not far outside Burdaard, the cycle path ends and you follow the Iedyk again, a little further away from the water. The exit to Bartlehiem is not to be missed. There you will find the famous wooden bridge. Thanks to the television images of the huge crowd of spectators at this location during the Elfstedentocht, this bridge has become world famous.

It is located where the spectators see the skaters pass twice. First to Dokkum, and then from Dokkum back to Leeuwarden. After Bartlehiem you continue cycling along the water to Wyns. There you can cycle to the right of the water to end up in Leeuwarden. You can also take the ferry across, then continue to turn right, to end up on the Wynser Binnenpaad. Straight through meadows and across a farmyard you will arrive in Lekkum, the end of this route. Especially with freshly mown grass a true experience!

Another famous bridge
Instead of keeping right in Wyns, you can also follow the main road towards Gytsjerk. At the T-junction you can turn right and follow the route over the Canterlandseweg to Lekkum, the end of this part of the Elfstedentocht. You can also turn left at the T-junction. You then cycle over the'Tegeltjesbrug\\\'. A bridge that is tiled with photos of participants in the Elfstedentocht. Seen from a greater distance, the thousands of tiled portraits form a large image of skaters riding one behind the other. It is the last bridge before the skating finish of the Elfstedentocht.

The Dokkumer Ee
The Dokkumer Ee forms a long connection between Leeuwarden and the Lauwersmeer. The Ee used to be an important shipping connection for the transport of raw materials and materials in the north of Fryslân, but now it mainly has a pleasure boat function as a connection between Leeuwarden and the Wadden Sea. Via this connection there are connections with the Dokkumer Grutdjip, Dokkumer Nieuwe Zijlen and the Lauwersmeer. The sailing route from Leeuwarden to Dokkum is also known as the Northern Eleven Cities Sailing Route. Experience part of the Elfstedentocht over the water via this route.

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