Warffum, Uithuizen and Usquert

Cycling in Het Hogeland, Groningen, The Netherlands

Cycling route 140596

Provided by: Groots Genieten

6264 21
32.2 km
01:53 h
567 kcal
6 m
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Warffum is a very old village, with a history dating back to the sixth century BC. The village was then still right on the coast. The first inhabitants were farmers who settled on the large, high salt marsh wall. In order to protect themselves sufficiently against the danger of the sea, the early Warffumers increased their living places. Artificial hills were created, built to have a dry place at high tide. A number of these mounds were connected to each other. This is how the mound village of Warffum was created, surrounded by a wreath of household weeds. In terms of size and height, Warffum is one of the largest mound villages in the Netherlands. The first dikes were not built in this area until around 1200.

In Warffum justice was also administered at an early stage. Warf is an old Frisian word for a public assembly where justice was done. Another explanation for the place name Warffum is warf in the sense of height or elevation and um as heme or residence. In the case of Warffum, a combination of both explanations is also possible: an elevated place where justice is administered.

The first church was built here in the 11th century, but the current church tower of Warffum dates from 1638. This approximately 45 meter high tower with a weather vane in the shape of a seahorse is an important landmark. The pastor who lived in the Weem or rectory farm was an important person in the village. The medieval Weem van Warffum - now Pastorieweg 24 - has been preserved and beautifully restored.

You follow the dike to the north of Warffum along the Waddenzee, on the way to Uithuizen. First you come through the Noordpolder with the fishing harbor of Noordpolderzijl. The ships that have their home port here have the letter code UQ of Usquert. They are shrimp fishermen, but until the ban in 1962, seal hunting was also conducted from Noordpolderzijl.

With 5,600 inhabitants, Uithuizen is the largest core of the region. The village originated on a salt marsh wall and for a long time the buildings were concentrated around the main road and the harbor. Over the centuries, construction increased and the village acquired continuous construction with an urban character.

The village attracts many visitors every year, partly thanks to the beautiful Menkemaborg, which you pass by bicycle. This seventeenth / eighteenth century deposit is fully furnished in the style of that time. The deposit has a beautiful garden, which has also been restored in the old style. The deposit attracts many visitors every year.

Also take a look at Uithuizen itself, you will find four churches there. In the center is the Jacobi Church, which dates from the thirteenth century. The organ from around 1700 belongs to the world famous organ builder Arp Schnitger. It is one of the most originally preserved instruments of his oeuvre. The connection of the Jacobikerk with the Menkemaborg is expressed in the very richly carved church interior with pulpit and gentleman's bench. If you want to visit the Jacobikerk, you must contact the VVV.

Another nice attraction here is Tuin de Winter, laid out in a romantic English style. Ducks swim in the pond, the banks are lush plants. Walking through the garden you will come across special trees and shrubs, perennial borders, pergolas with roses and clematis and there are many types of fuchsia and various tub plants everywhere. The garden is 5000 square meters and therefore you need the time to view everything. Take a look at the site to see when the garden is open to visitors.

Soon you will cycle into Usquert with its beautiful Protestant Church. The origin of this hall church dates back to the Middle Ages. The old vaults have been replaced by wooden, plastered barrel vaults. Remnants of murals from the late Middle Ages are visible on the east wall. Mary and Peter can be recognized in an excerpt from the Last Judgment. A modern work of art on the north side of the church tells the story of Liudger and Bernlef.

The former Usquert town hall is also worth a look, it was built in 1930 by Berlage. It has a tower with two bells. There is a nice story about the construction of the tower. During construction, the shapes of the tower turned out not to meet aesthetic expectations. This problem was solved by making the tower slightly higher. The additional costs were estimated by the contractor at NLG 1200. The council of the Usquert municipality was not prepared to pay these additional costs, so Berlage made this amount available from his own wallet!

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