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Hiking - Dommel valley 15.2 km

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The woods and pastures near Borkel sure make for a pleasant walk. This route takes you through part of the Dommeldal, the Leenderbos and the village of Schaft. The Dommel is a small river that rises in the Belgian Peer, and by the time it reaches Borkel it winds its way smoothly and quietly through meadows and forests. This hike through the Dommel valley leads you past meadows and farmland, with occasional patches of orchids. Some properties are still separated by old-fashioned woodwalls. Along the water you will see willows, poplars and birches. The river offers stunning views, so make sure to stop now and again to properly enjoy them. And the beautiful old buildings in the villages of Borkel and Schaft are also worth admiring. In Schaft there is an historic Kempic longhouse farm that dates back to 1745, for example. After Schaft the hike continues for a short while longer through the Leenderbos. Every step deeper into the forest only deepens the peace and quiet around you.

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Fietsknooppunt: 31; Gebied: Valkenswaard
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De Malpie

Enjoy the feeling of spaciousness while walking or cycling the many paths of the Malpiebergse Heide and forested areas near Eindhoven and Valkenswaard. The Malpie nature reserve is part of a much larger heathland area near the town of Valkenswaard.

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Tussenstraat 10, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

011 80 26 77

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Achelse Kluis

The Saint Benedict Abbey, also known as the Achelse Kluis, is located on the border between Brabant (NL) and Limburg (BE). It is surrounded by vast forests, heath and farmland with endless options to go hiking or cycling. And the historical Achelse Kluis itself is also well-worth a visit. The monumental building is of exceptional beauty and truly a feast for the eyes.  The restaurant and café at the Achelse Kluis also make it is a popular place to rest up.

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Warmbeek (BE) / Tongelreep (NE)

The Tongelreep is a small tributary of the Dommel and rises near Neerpelt. Here the river is still called the Warmbeek. The river flows past the Achelse Kluis, the Leenderbos, Valkenhorst and ultimately also passes through Genneper Parken. Eventually the Tongelreep flows into the Dommel river near Eindhoven.

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Eetcafé Zomerhof

Eetcafé Zomerhof is on the road from Borkel and Schaft to the Achelse Kluis. When you come along this route, you can rest on the terrace of the café. To entertain the younger guests there is a playground and children's farm. The Zomerhof is located at Maastrichterweg 265 in Valkenswaard.

Maastrichterweg 265, 5556 VB Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Beoordeling:

040 206 8207

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Eetcafé De Woeste Hoeve

In the heart of Borkel, where many cycling and walking routes run, lies the café De Woeste Hoeve. Here you can go for a nice bite and drink after a route through nature. A delicious cup of coffee with pastries, a snack, a drink, a delicious simple card, seasonal specialties and a delicious stew or cup of coffee in winter. Here is an old-fashioned Brabant atmosphere. The Woeste Hoeve is located at Monseigneur Kuypersplein 6 in Valkenswaard.

Mgr. Kuypersplein 6, 5556 VS Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Beoordeling:

040 221 9107

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Restaurant de Zwaan

In Borkel and Schaft close to the Dutch-Belgian border is Restaurant de Zwaan. Here you can go for the best meals. At the restaurant you can enjoy the best dishes. It is near the Achelse Safe and Plateaux Hageven. Mgr. Kuijpersplein 18 Valkenswaard is the address.

Mgr. Kuijpersplein 18, 5556 VS Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Beoordeling:

040 206 8326

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Camping Brugse Heide

Camping Brugse Heide is located south of Valkenswaard. The beautiful surroundings are formed by De Malpie and Het Leenderbos. With nature and museums a stone's throw away, there is plenty to experience at the Bruges Heath. It is located on the Maastrichterweg 183 Valkenswaard.

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Maastrichterweg 183, 5556 VB Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Beoordeling:

0493 326 977

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Parking space Budelsebaan Valkenswaard

This parking is located on the Budelsebaan in Valkenswaard. It lies in nature near Hasselsven, Leenderbos and the Malpie.

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The Owl Nest Smiles

The Uilennest is situated between three unique nature areas; The Leenderbos, the Groote Heide, the Malpie and the River Tongelreep. Here you can cycle, go hiking, mountain biking, rush or just niksen for days to enjoy the beautiful forest and heathland with its many friends. In 2013, Mart and Dian transformed their chicken barn into a cozy holiday home, equipped with all comforts.

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Bruggerhuizen 1, 5595 XA Leende, Netherlands

Beoordeling:

06 23909030

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