Hemrik

Hemrik (De Himrik) is a small and atmospheric village in the south of the municipality of Opsterland. The village lies on the way from Wijnjewoude to Gorredijk. The scenic landscape around Hemrik is unique, and consists of meadows with hedgerows.

Hemrik (De Himrik) is a small and atmospheric village in the south of the municipality of Opsterland.  The village lies on the way from Wijnjewoude to Gorredijk.  The scenic landscape around Hemrik is unique, and consists of meadows with hedgerows.

Various walking, cycle and bridle paths can be found in the area. Hemrik is located in the heathland and is close to the valley of the Alddijp river.

Hemrik lies along the Opsterlânske Kompanjonsfeart (Opsterlandse Compagnongsvaart) canal.  The Opsterlânske Kompanjonsfeart canal forms a noticeable element in the landscape.  In the past, the canal was used for the transport of peat.  Nowadays, the Opsterlânske Kompanjonsfeart is part of the Turfroute, a touristic waterway which runs straight through south-east Friesland.  Characteristic and atmospheric lock attendant's houses are located along the Turfroute.  You can moor your boat at Hemrik and explore the surroundings on foot or by bike.                                            

A special sight in Hemrik is the Trambrug (tramway bridge).  This bridge spans the Opsterlânske Kompanjonsfeart, and was part of the route of the former Oosterwolde-Gorredijk tram line.  'Het Koetshuis' is a lovely spot in the village to rest and to eat and drink something.  There's also enough for children to see and do in Hemrik.  Just outside the village is an adventurous forest trail for kids, Sparjeburd van Staatsbosbeheer, and Hemrik has an open-air swimming pool close to the berth on the Turfroute.  The stud farm 'Het Swarte Peart' and the beekeepers at 'De Woudimker' are also definitely worth a visit.  There are various campsites, bed & breakfasts, and hotels in the vicinity of the village.

There are two beautiful historic churches in Hemrik, a wonderful white church with a bell frame, and in the centre there is a 12th century church which also has a bell frame, with a cemetery including a crypt belonging to a well-off family.

You can find more information about Henrik on www.dehimrik.nl.