Terps are typical features of the Groningen Landscape. These ancient, artificial hills protected the inhabitants of Groningen for many years. Between 500 BC and 1000 AD, villages were built on top of these terps, with the village church often atop the highest point. Several terps were also destroyed when they became redundant following the construction of dykes along the Wadden coast.

‘t Torentje van Spiek

Spijk is one of the loveliest terp villages of the Netherlands. This is one of the bigger villages in the municipality of Delfzijl and has around 1250 inhabitants. The terp was constructed on a prominent point in the Fivel- en Eemsboezem. On its highest point is the Andreaskerk, also known as the ‘torentje van Spiek' sung about by Ede Staal. This church is surrounded by a lovely canal. Like to know what there is to do in Spijk? Check out www.spijk.net.


The Jacobspad Groningen Drenthe starts at Uithuizen and links up with the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. The path meanders over the loveliest footpaths through the wonderfully characteristic landscape of the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe to the final destination in Hasselt. For more information, visit jacobspad.nl.

Stichting Groninger Kerken offers walks past special churches in the surroundings. For more information, visit groningerkerken.nl

The wad and terp path takes you past the wad and through historic Groningen on unpaved paths, green dykes and nearly forgotten roads, over terps, past basins and farms. For more information about this lovely route, visit wandelnet.nl