Ferry route An experience not to be missed! For those who want to explore and experience the beautiful surroundings of Grou, ‘De 8 van Grou’ offers plenty of opportunities. De 8 van Grou is a wonderful bike trail; one moment you are cycling through the varied watery landscape of the National Park De Alde Feanen and the next moment you are passing a picturesque village. You can then continue cycling through vast flowery meadows, enjoying the vibrant and diverse countryside. What makes this route so special, is that you will have to cross several waterways. Volunteer crews ferry you across the ditches and channels. The ferries (pontjes in Dutch) give an extra dimension to your ride; an experience not to be missed! De 8 van Grou has 12 ferry crossings and is also called ‘de Pontjesroute’. Route Guide ‘De 8 van Grou’ De 8 van Grou has its own information brochure, with routes, operating times and the locations of the ferries. In this brochure you will find four different routes. All routes combine well wherever you begin. And they all start and finish in Grou. You can choose from distances ranging from 32 to 65 kilometres. Each route is indicated on a map showing the location of the ferries, as well as a general description and some interesting sights. The Route Guide De 8 van Grou is on sale at the Tourist Office and at several addresses on route. Sales addresses can be found on www.de8vangrou.nl. A trip through De Alde Feanen is one of the four beautiful routes of De 8 van Grou. The route begins in Grou starting from the Hellingshaven. The ferry named Gastvrij Grou waits rigged and ready to bring you to the other side where you can embark on ferry De Burd which will transport you to the beautiful island with the same name as the ferry. This enchanting island is a highlight on your trip due to the natural history, diversity of meadow birds, marsh flowers and a large herd of deer. After this trip on De Burd you continue to the ferry De Snoekbears. From this you have two options: via ferry De Grietman to De Veenhoop, Nij Beets via Aldeboarn, Akkrum and Grou. Or to Earnewâld with the ferry Hin & Wer and ferry De Oerhaal via Warten back to Grou. Stichting Grou Aktief wishes you lots of cycling fun! For more information www.de8vanGrou.nl  pontjesroute 76

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