Cycling through the swampy Mieden

Cycling in Achtkarspelen, Friesland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 121829

Provided by: Staatsbosbeheer

7841 73
25.5 km
01:29 h
449 kcal
2 m
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Buitenpost is located in the north of Achtkarspelen and has suffered a lot from the battle between the Frisians and the Groningers in the past. In the nineteenth century, Buitenpost became more and more prosperous due to its favorable location between Groningen and Leeuwarden and so the town became the stopping place for postal trucks. After 1866, Buitenpost gradually lost this function due to the construction of the railway between Groningen and Leeuwarden. Postal trucks were used less and less because of this fast connection. The starting point of the route is the Botanical Garden De Kruidhof. This beautiful garden, brimming with butterflies and birds, is a place of breathtaking views. In the oasis of peace, visitors can stroll around. Then you pass Bootsma\\\'s Poel. This pool is the largest pengo ruin in the Mieden area and is accessible via the Boot Path from the Wedze. It is a historical remnant from the Ice Age, formed by freezing seepage water. After about a kilometer you will pass a beautiful viewing hill where you can view a beautiful landscape. From this hill you have a fairytale view over the swamps of the Mieden. You will then see a wetland area on the left, this beautiful piece of nature has been specially created for meadow birds. Snipes and black-tailed godwits feel at home here and with a bit of luck you will see a ruff. A bit later you pass the wet boot path'Mem Wedman\\\'. This path is definitely recommended for nature lovers, because it leads right through the beautiful wet Mieden. Special plant species grow in the shallow water, such as the large buttercup and the common perch. These plants are so special in the Netherlands, because they can only grow in places where seepage occurs. You will then cycle straight through the'De Twijslermieden\\\' nature reserve, where you can see rare dragonflies in addition to wetland plants and meadow birds. There is a large pool with a birdwatching screen for birdwatching up close. The diversity is great, because the nearby grasslands and the marshy area attract, among others, lapwings, black-tailed godwits and mallards.

The largest and extensive nature reserves and forests in the Netherlands are opened by the Dutch State and give you a wonderful experience in Dutch nature that you can gain by bike. It is very special to meet a forest ranger in the special visitor centers that Staatsbosbeheer has.

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# Description Distance
Botanische tuin De Kruidhof (9285NE, Achtkarspelen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
98 (9285WC, Achtkarspelen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.85 km
80 (Ganzingawei, 9298RV, Noardeast-Fryslân, Friesland, The Netherlands) 5.23 km
65 (9298RV, Noardeast-Fryslân, Friesland, The Netherlands) 5.28 km
79 (9298RR, Noardeast-Fryslân, Friesland, The Netherlands) 5.71 km
15 (9286GB, Achtkarspelen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 8.76 km

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