National Landscape Noardlike Fryske Wâlden is a beautiful area, with a dense network of hedgerows, alder canals and rows of trees that separate grassy grasslands and fertile fields, and where lonely farms and small ribbon and es villages are the only buildings. It is also called the most small-scale landscape in the Netherlands. The area is an offshoot of the Drents Plateau and contains old remains of boulder clay, cover sand and peat that are thousands of years old. During the ice age, the ice pushed up the ground, creating small moraines, but the differences in height are negligible. When man came to the area, nature was soon mined and agricultural life gave the area a new look. The plots on which the farmers carry out their activities often have special and varied dimensions, from very narrow long plots to plots of land that are square. You can often deduce the time of reclamation from the shape of the plots, but most plots were claimed in the Middle Ages. The more than 300 bobs in the area also contribute to the authenticity of the national landscape. Remains of shallow basins, often surrounded by a ring wall and sometimes filled with water, characterize the landscape. These so-called pengo ruins often contain prehistoric remains and are therefore of inestimable cultural-historical value. Not only the nature is beautiful, but it is also fun to sniff culture. The route, which starts at a parking lot where you can park your car for free, takes you past water sports company De Lits and past various interesting museums, such as the Ice Age Museum, agricultural museum Het Veenklooster, open-air museum Spitkeet or the Regional Museum at Burgumermar. You can also settle down here and unpack your picnic basket, because cozy Burgum is full of Frisian culture. The marina NP de Alde Faenen is also a wonderful place for a lunch in the open air. While you enjoy the conviviality of picnicking together, you will see beautiful boats, ships and yachts, but there is also an interesting visitor center where you can learn more about life on and around the water. The lookout tower at the Burgumermar is also highly recommended, with a beautiful view you can see the many details that National Landscape Noardlike Fryske Wâlden extra well!