DE ALDE FEANEN NATIONAL PARK OFFERS BEAUTIFUL HIKING ROUTES!
There are several hiking routes around Earnewâld, which lead to various birdwatching huts and lookout towers. Visit the tourist office for more information about the various routes, or use the Hiking app. You van also visit De Alde Feanen National Park visitor centre, where you can purchase various hiking brochures. Hiking excursions led by a guide also regularly depart from the visitor centre. (Click here to see what is available)
The hiking routes around Earnewâld can be divided into two hiking areas:
WIKELSLÂN AND THE 40 MÊD
The Wikelslân and the 40 Mêd are situated on the northwestern side of Earnewâld.
The Wikelslân is a wet area (boots are recommended) consisting of alder forests, reed beds, bog holes and narrow strips of land. It's a real bird area, with no less than three birdwatching huts and a lookout tower. You can look out for species such as the Eurasian bittern and the bearded reedling. The route around the 40 Mêd runs for the most part along open waters (the Lange Sloot) and farmland bird areas, but also passes through the Elzenbroekbos forest and a beautiful long walkway across an old “Petgat” (bog pool). The hiking routes in both areas are connected together, and there are red posts marking the way. Along the way you will occasionally come across a map or information board. If you arrive by car, the best place to park is the large car park in the centre of the village (opposite Wiidswei 36) or the car park at Dominee Bolleman van der Veenweg 7B. In the route app you can find various hiking routes through this area.
JAN-DURKSPOLDER AND THE PETTEBOSK
The Jandurkspolder and the Pettebosk can be found on the southeastern side of Earnewâld.
The Pettebosk is the nature education forest of De Alde Feanen National Park. The forest has a beautiful hiking route, and there is also a paved (wheelchair-friendly) pathway. There are various nature education routes where children (and adults) can get to know the nature in De Alde Feanen in a playful way. You can find all the information you need at De Alde Feanen National Park visitor centre. The Jandurkspolder is predominantly known to lovers of ice skating and natural ice as the place where it's possible to skate relatively early. However, there is also a very beautiful hiking route around the Jandurkspolder. It passes by various birdwatching huts and a lookout tower. Boots are also recommended for this hiking route, as it can be quite damp underfoot. If you arrive by car, the best place to park is next to the visitor centre at Koaidyk 8. The hiking routes in this area can be found using the app.
You can view the various hiking routes in the hiking app below. You can also download a fantastic hiking brochure from the Fryske Gea with more information.