Salt marsh cycling tour

Cycling in Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 135842

Provided by: Vereniging Natuurmonumenten

3542 123
11.0 km
00:38 h
193 kcal
6 m
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Leave the village on the Reeweg on the south side. In the polder, drive straight on to the dike. Here you turn left. You can choose here; either on the polder side, or on the tidal flat side. There are many birds in the polder, especially in the winter half of the year and during high water. The Wadden side is more interesting at low tide. Note the many wheatears (spring and autumn) and shore pipits (winter) on the stone blocks. In the spring there is a colony of common gulls in the transshipment area on the inside, near the jetty. Cross the road and choose again: the inside or the outside. The mudflats slowly merge into the salt marsh. In some years arctic terns breed on the salt marsh. Merlin and Peregrine Falcon hunt here in winter. Cross the dike and descend via the shell path to the salt marsh. At the crossroads, turn right. The salt marsh is grazed by young cattle from the island farmers. As a result, the plant growth is varied. May and June are the prettiest months with pink fields full of flowering English grass. From the end of February, countless skylarks rejoice high in the sky. Follow the cycle path over a small bridge to the point where the path stops at a bicycle shed. Here you can take a short walk (about 1 kilometer) to the beacon of the Kobbeduinen. From here you have a beautiful view over the Oosterkwelder, even if the area is closed during the breeding season. With a bit of luck you will see hen harrier on spoonbill. In September there are many meadow mushrooms. Go back onto the bike path. Now turn right. At the three-fork you keep right, the Johannes de Jongpad. The salt marsh here is less often flooded by the sea. The stiff sea rus and man-sized reeds form large fields in which greylag goose and bittern breed. Dead willows and birches remind us of the winter of 2007, when the sea did reach here. The cycle path ends on an asphalt road, the Prins Bernhardweg. Turn left here. The Prins Bernhardweg is the boundary of the salt water at high tides. On the left are a few beautiful views of dune valleys. The dune fritillary is still common here in June. The verges of the road are at their best in June and July. There are then various tall yellow plants (stalk candle, mullein and evening primrose) and the blue-purple snakewort. On the left is the Wassermannbunker. Park the bicycle at the shed and walk upstairs. On a clear day you have a beautiful view over the island. Birds of prey often fly around here, such as buzzard and marsh and hen harrier. North of the bunker is a colony of common gulls in the bare dunes. Follow the Prins Bernhardweg. After a steep climb and descent you drive straight to the village. At the edge of the village, follow the road to the left and then to the right. You are now entering the village via the Langestreek. Special Schiermonnikoog and Wadden books, delicious islander delicacies and more at
Forest Dunes and beach Nature Route
Vereniging Natuurmonumenten

The cycle routes of Natuurmonumenten on give you a special natural view of the Netherlands. You can completely relax in the small and large-scale nature reserves. Be sure to visit the visitor centers of Natuurmonumenten and be inspired.

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Paaslandweg, 9166PX, Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, The Netherlands 0.00 km
Paaslandweg, 9166PX, Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, The Netherlands 10.98 km

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