The first stage of the Pieterpad

  • The Netherlands
  • Groningen
  • Het Hogeland
  • 13.61 km (Approximately 03:24 u)
  • Hiking route 517783

The first stage of the Pieterpad

  • The Netherlands
  • Groningen
  • Het Hogeland
  • 13.61 km (Approximately 03:24 u)
  • Hiking route 517783

From Hotel Waddenweelde in Pieterburen you can walk the first kilometers of the famous Pieterpad. In the Groningen polder you mainly walk along waterways to Winsum.

Picturesque Pieterburen
Before you leave Pieterburen, it is nice to take a look around this beautiful place. There are some beautiful buildings to see here, such as the Petruskerk from the first half of the fifteenth century and the Vier Winden, a grist and hulling mill from 1846. The Seal Center Pieterburen is also a well-known attraction. Just above Eenrum you come through the Oosterbos that was created in the early 1970s during a land consolidation.

Eenrum is one of the most beautiful mound villages in the Marne. It enjoys a protected villagescape, partly because of the thirteenth-century church, which is partly built from tuff. The beautiful Michael Church in Mensingeweer also dates from the thirteenth century. Hollands Welvaart is a flour mill from 1855. At the Winsumerdiep you can grab a terrace at the cozy Marenland Recreatie with a view of the water. Your tour ends a little further at Winsum Station.

The Pieterpad (LAW 9) is the most famous long-distance walking route in the Netherlands. He will guide you from Pieterburen in Groningen to Sint-Pietersberg in Limburg. The trail has a length of approximately 492 kilometers and is divided into 26 stages. The route gives you a beautiful view of the varied Dutch landscape. You will also pass through several historical places. The path was designed by friends Toos Goorhuis-Tjalsma and Bertje Jens. They were dissatisfied with the lack of long-distance hiking trails in the Netherlands. From 1978 to 1983 they made many walks to mark the route. Existing paths were sometimes combined with new routes. The Pieterpad was officially inaugurated in 1983.

Would you also like to go mudflat walking from Hotel Waddenweelde? Then walk route 519255 and book a mudflat hiking package. Would you like to walk to Groningen from Marenland Recreatie? Then walk route 530023.

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Along the way you will also come across several sights . We will tell you more about this.

Do you also want to walk the other stages of the Pieterpad? View all stages here.


# Description Distance
Hotel Waddenweelde (9968 AG, Het Hogeland, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
60 (9968AG, Het Hogeland, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.08 km
65 (Hoofdstraat, 9968AG, Het Hogeland, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.13 km
60 (9968AG, Het Hogeland, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.18 km
65 (Hoofdstraat, 9968AG, Het Hogeland, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.23 km
92 (Oudedijksterweg, 9967TM, Het Hogeland, Groningen, The Netherlands) 1.90 km

Pause places

Hotel Waddenweelde

9968 AG Het Hogeland

Hotel Waddenweelde is a wonderful place to stay in Pieterburen, close to the Wadden Sea. An excellent base for long trips through Groningen, the province that is so rich in historic villages and vast polders. After your walk or bike ride, you can relax in Hotel Waddenweelde. Here you will find almost forty spacious hotel rooms, an a la carte restaurant, brown cafe, pizzeria and several wellness facilities. The kids have also been thought of with a playground and go-kart track. Would you like to go mudflat walking? Then the packages of Hotel Waddenweelde offer you the ideal starting point for a day on the mudflats.

Marenland Recreatie

Winsumerdiep 6
9951 CG Het Hogeland

Marenland Recreatie is located on the Winsumerdiep in Winsum, a picturesque village in Groningen. A perfect region to enjoy a day of fresh air in the polder, whether you go out with a bicycle, boat or legs. And with the city of Groningen within cycling reach, there is a lot of cultural history to experience. Marenland Recreatie is the perfect place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle. Enjoy lunch or dinner and a drink on the spacious terrace by the water and stay in one of the box beds, hikers' cabins, chalets or tent houses.


Laurentius Kerk

9967RR Het Hogeland

The Laurentius Church was built in the 13th century and the structure was dedicated to Laurentius, a 3rd century martyr. Large parts of the old church have been lost and rebuilt, but the original south entrance to the church has been preserved in its original state.

Molen Hollands Welvaart

9961PD Het Hogeland

Hollands Welvaart is a corn and hulling mill located on the Pieterpad in Mensingeweer. This mill was built here for private use in 1855 by a mill maker. The mill maker quickly sold the mill and afterwards it was used professionally for years. The mill has been regularly restored and nowadays the mill is still regularly in operation on a voluntary basis.

De Boog

De Boog 3
9951 AA Het Hogeland

De Boog in Winsum is a stone arch bridge from the 19th century. This bridge forms the old connection between the former village of Obergum and Winsum across the Winsumerdiep. Before this stone bridge was built in 1808 you found a wooden bridge here.

Molen De Ster

9951CD Het Hogeland

Molen de Ster is a corn and hulling mill in Winsum. This mill dates from 1851 and it is the replacement of a post mill from 1628. The mill is built on a mill hill. In 1961 the mill came into the hands of the municipality of Winsum. After that, the mill was restored little by little. In 1971 the mill was completely restored. Since then the mill has been running regularly under the direction of a volunteer miller.

Molen De Vriendschap

9951AD Het Hogeland

Molen De Vriendschap is a flour mill in Winsum. This mill was built in 1801 as a hulling mill, but the peeling stones from the mill were replaced by grinding stones. The mill now runs regularly on a voluntary basis.

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