Around the Tjeukemeer

Cycling in De Fryske Marren, Friesland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 115924

Provided by: Groots Genieten

5158 199
46.0 km
02:42 h
810 kcal
2 m
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Cycling southwest of Heerenveen, around the largest inland lake in Friesland. The Tjeukemeer, or as the Frisians say: Tsjûkemar, has grown over time, and the shape has also been adapted. Storm surges and drifting ice made the lake larger, but its surface area also increased due to ignited forest and peat fires. The stories of the villages that claimed the lake have been doing the rounds for centuries; the church and cemetery of the village of Rohel have been swallowed by the water. The route starts at Attent SidB Van Zwol in Rotsterhaule. When you have found a place for your car, you can go to the supermarket for your purchases for the road. A bottle of water, a sandwich or some fresh fruit will taste good during your bike ride. When you set out, you will see the first point of interest on the route after just over a kilometer. Windmill De Hersteller was built in 1857 and drained the Veenpolder until 1931. The mill fell into disrepair and lost more and more parts, until in 1948 it was even considered to demolish De Hersteller. That fell through and the mill was repurposed as a home. After external restorations in 1979 and 1981, the mill was made running again, even though it is no longer capable of grinding. Near Rotstergaast you see a belfry in a macabre place: on a hill in a cemetery, in the middle of the polder. The only bell that hangs in it was cast in 1950, but the belfry with a helmet roof is much older. It was built in 1722. You continue your route around the lake and cycle for sixteen kilometers until you come across another belfry at a cemetery, located on a small hill so that the belfry can be admired from some distance. This one is also located in a cemetery and has a beautifully finished white helmet roof. The bell chair is younger than the bell that hangs in it: the chair was built in the 18th century, the bell was already cast in 1596. The next belfry is not long in coming. The Doniaga was built in the year 1703, but just like the previous belfry, the clock is much older. This was cast in 1460. The belfry has a beautifully finished helmet roof and stands on a small hill. The belfry is surrounded by a number of tall trees so that it cannot be admired from far away. Bell chair Oldeouwer dates from about the same time and was built in 1738. The only clock in the belfry was cast in 1925. An older clock used to hang in the belfry. Due to the white beams and the green, beautifully finished helmet roof, the bell chair looks special and beautiful. This chair also stands on a hill in the cemetery. You have to look for the last belfry on the route. The chair stands on a small hill but is hidden from view by the trees. The chair is worth a visit, because the clock that hangs in it is very old; it has its origins in 1340. The belfry is finished with a green tint, which fits perfectly with the location. By now you have almost cycled around the Tjeukemeer and you cover the last kilometers towards the supermarket. If you are already looking forward to a tasty evening meal, buy the necessary groceries in the supermarket so that you can conjure up a delicious dinner at home on your own dining table. After such a day in the open air you will enjoy cozy dining in your own homely atmosphere!
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Directions

# Description Distance
De Hersteller (De Hersteller, 8464NZ, De Fryske Marren, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
88
88 (Hoge Dijk, 8464NP, De Fryske Marren, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.81 km
75
75 (8463TN, De Fryske Marren, Friesland, The Netherlands) 2.61 km
74
74 (Schoterweg, 8462, De Fryske Marren, Friesland, The Netherlands) 5.64 km
81
81 (8486KT, De Fryske Marren, Friesland, The Netherlands) 7.18 km
73
73 (8508RL, De Fryske Marren, Friesland, The Netherlands) 8.41 km

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