Harlingen naar Sint Annaparochie is a 25.1 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 25.1 km Elevation Gain: 166 m Route Type: Point to Point


nature trips


bird watching


partially paved


wild flowers

The north of Friesland is quiet and lonely and the dikes that stretch along the tidal flats are high and windy. That also makes this walk special, because many birds accompany you on the tour. We start in Harlingen. It is the largest and only true port of Friesland. We immediately walk past Havenmantsje, a former courthouse, where a restaurant is now located. Harlingen was so favorable that the admiralty moved from Dokkum to Harlingen in 1644. Trade always remained the most important. Today you see that reflected in the port industry, which you'll walk past to get to the seawall. We see all kinds of villages in the distance that end in beer. That refers to the neighborhood. We see Piet, Sex and Oosterbierum passing by. Enough birds here, such as waders, geese, oystercatchers, who collect their food along the tide line. The dike is nice to walk on. Every few kilometers there is a slanting cross of roads, so you can choose whether you want to walk outside or inside the dike. It is also possible on the dike, but then the fences are very high. In Westhoek we pass a monument that reminds us of the poers' disaster. What had to be a fun day of fishing with lines (potting) ended in a terrible drama when bad weather broke out and the rowing boats bobbed helplessly into the sea with 14 people. Four men died. A final rescue attempt from Westhoek did not help. At Westhoek we also pass an old pole with a path to it. Maybe a border post? We leave the seawall at the Zwarte Haan and the pumping station in the municipality of St Jacobiparochi. Haan is in a hurry, and the black strikes the dark slip that adorns the Wadden Sea. We find here the standing image of the swallow worker. It symbolizes the enormous work that was done not only to drain the Bildt polders about 200 to 400 years ago, but also during the crisis years in 1936. Everything with shovel and wheelbarrow. We end the tour at the Strandhuis, which is an old water board building, where the landed people gathered and the lifeguard could keep an eye on the dikes.

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