Being active

Cycling, walking or going on the water...

Get on your bike, put on your walking shoes and discover this special environment. Did you know that the Friese Wouden is situated between 4 National Parks? The village of Bakkeveen has a beautiful sand drift and a Belvédère from where you have a sublime view. You do not have to cycle or walk far to enjoy the beautiful nature.

Cycling

You can put together your own cycle route using the junction network Southeast Friesland, which consists of no fewer than 156 junctions and a total of 780 km of routes. Tip: take the cycle ferry across the Nieuwe Vaart canal (south of Nij Beets) and visit the small village of Ulesprong with its sculpture park/gallery De Ulen.

Nice routes are a.o:

Ooststellingwerf and Weststellingwerf separated themselves from Drenthe in the Middle Ages and joined the 'Vriezen van Stellingwerf'. Therefore, the landscape is more Drenthe than Frisian. There are no special cafes or bustling villages along the route, but there is plenty of cycling pleasure on free-flowing cycle paths through a small-scale landscape of meadows and woods.
  A beautiful cycle route along the Bakkeveen Dunes and Drachten. The pretty village of Bakkeveen arose around Frieschepalenvaart, which was constructed in the second half of the 17th century when the moorland was reclaimed. Drachten originated in the 17th century from two villages along the small river Drait or Dracht. There are not many old monuments here, but they do build special cycle bridges. Start the route from junction 39, in the middle of Bakkeveen.

Walking

On the border of South-East Friesland and South-West Drenthe lies one of the largest nature reserves in the Netherlands, the Nationaal Park Drents-Friese Wold. A beautiful area with woods, heathland and shifting sands where you can walk endlessly. The coloured poles indicate the route and distance so that every walk is unique.

Beautiful routes are among others:

Walking across the bottom of the sea, that's really enjoying the overwhelming silence. Discover along the way why the Wadden Sea is exactly a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  Beetsterzwaag is a village with grandeur. The capital country houses along the Hoofdstraat are proof of this. But also the stately oak and beech avenues that cross the woods. In autumn the woods are a delight to walk through, not least because of the splendid colours.
  From the car park of the former Kamp Westerbork you can walk an educational trail. The walking route goes through the Hooghalen forest area, past the former Kamp Westerbork, Hingsteveen and the radio observatory. The walk lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Adventurous

  • Mountain biking: the perfect location for mountain biking is at Nationaal Park Drents-Friese Wold. Here, an ATB track of no less than 50 km has been set out!
  • Sailing on the large lakes 'De Grutte Krite and De Saiterpetten' in National Park De Alde Feanen or sailing and surfing on the Leekstermeer, Paterswoldsemeer or Zuidlaardermeer.
  • Canoeing in National Park De Alde Feanen.