Soon it will be possible to enjoy the entire Frisian Wadden coast by bike; that is the aim of the project plan ‘Op Paad lâns it Waad’. The colleges of mayors and aldermen of Harlingen, Waadhoeke and Noardeast-Fryslân and the executive board of Wetterskip Fryslân agreed to this today.

With the implementation of the project plan, a continuous cycle route with a view of the Wadden Sea will be realised along the sea dike of the Wadden coast of Friesland. “This will boost the economy and tourism in the coastal region,” according to the parties.

The route consists of two parts. Phase 1 is the 10km stretch from Harlingen to Koehool. Phase 2 consists of 47km from Koehool to the Lauwersmeer.

Phase 1 finished in 2022

In 2018 the idea arose to realise a continuous cycle route along the Wadden coast of Friesland. The route connects existing and future facilities and places of experience, both inside and outside the dike. It will also create opportunities for (tourist) entrepreneurs in the region to develop the area further economically within the dykes. To realise this ambition, the municipalities of Harlingen, Waadhoeke, Noardeast-Fryslân and Wetterskip Fryslân have joined forces. The plan is to complete the first part of the cycle route by the end of 2022 and the second part in 2028.


The three municipalities have an interest in implementing this project, particularly because of the boost to the economy and tourism in this area. The importance of the Wetterskip lies in their task of dike reinforcement in the coming years. The interests will be set out in a cooperation agreement between the parties. The proposal will also be presented to the three city councils and the general board of Wetterskip Fryslân in the coming period.

Wadden Fund and Provinsje

On 26 June 2020, the project plan together with the cooperation agreement will be submitted to the Wadden Sea Fund. The Wadden Fund will be asked to co-finance, just like the Provinsje Fryslân. At the end of November, the Wadden Fund will give its final decision.


The project ‘Op Paad lâns it Waad’ is part of a Waddenwide programme. With the three Wadden regions Groningen, Fryslân and Noord-Holland, the Wadden Sea should become more accessible and experienceable. In 2021 Groningen will complete ‘Kiek over Diek’, a cycle route along the Groninger sea dike. From 2023 onwards it will be possible to cycle over the Afsluitdijk both inside and outside the dike. Noord-Holland is exploring the possibilities of a cycle route from Den Oever to Oudeschild on Texel. The Frisian project ‘Op Paad lâns it Waad’ completes the connection. (Source: