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Trails -De Groote Heide 43.6 km

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The route starts at Scarabee Sports & Outdoor owned by Marc van Dijk in the centre of Valkenswaard. Runners who want to run the route or want to train in this area are always welcome for a cup of coffee, tips on the route or general advice during opening hours.

The trail runs along the little Tongelreep river and through woods, vast heathlands and fens, as well as through Valkenswaard and past the Dutch-Belgian border at the Achelse Kluis. It is a varied course with both singletrails and wide paths across a nice stretch of De Groote Heide.

 

 

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Fietsknooppunt: 46; Gebied: Waalre
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Wandelknooppunt: 61; Gebied: Heeze-Leende; : Traject naar 64 is er wel ooit geweest, maar door gevaarlijke overgang van snelweg verdwenen. Staat her en der nog wel op de papieren kaarten.
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Scottish Highlanders

The Scottish Highlander, also known as Highland Cow, is a mostly reddish brown breed originally from Scotland. They have long hair and long horns. This cattle breed is suitable for use in nature areas as a large grazer year round. They need little care and are rarely aggressive.

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Sheep

And then you suddenly come across a flock of sheep with a shepherd. Great chance that the Kempian heath is sheep of the Strabrechtse Heide or the Great Heath herd.

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Heimolen

The Heimolen is a semi-closed stand mill in Leende. The cabinet is covered with oak shells. The mill has wooden chest rows, which are 16 meters long. The mill has one pair of blue grindstones, which have a diameter of 98 cm.

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5595 Leende, Netherlands

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St. Jankapel

The 19th-century St. Janskapel replaces his medieval predecessor. This was taken to the 'rooms' after 1648, falling into prey to end up being finally demolished in French Time. The new chapel developed into a modest pilgrimage. Especially on Sint Jansdag (June 24) and Saint Jans's decapitation day (August 29th) many people traveled.

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5595 Leende, Netherlands

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Leenderbos-Groote Heide

The Leenderbos is approximately 2000 hectares and is visited by around one million people annually. The forest mainly consists of coniferous trees and there are many different birds, including the night swallow, the rounder pump, the wasp and the bird of the ice. In addition, the forest is populated by ravens, foxes, hares and rabbits. Of course, the Leenderbos can be hiked and cycled. There are also many horse riding trails that are also suitable for horse riding.

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Valkenhorst

Impressive and remarkable in this beautiful area are the huge fish ponds which have been dug out in the valley of the Tongelreep since 1900. They are an initiative of the baron of Tuyll of Seroos Churches of Heeze, later continued by the Heidemij. The extensive natural Greveschutven was also set up for fish ponds. Although the ponds are connected, they are separated by dykes.

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Maastrichterweg 265, 5556 VB Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 206 8207

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The wire

The Wire, also called Dodendraad or Dodenhek, was a wire barrier created by German occupiers during Belgium during the First World War along the border between occupied Belgium and the neutral Netherlands. In German pieces, the barrier was officially referred to as Grenzhochspannungshindernis. The barrier was under deadly electric tension and had to prevent war volunteers from escaping Belgium. At the same time, the fence had to prevent spying messages from occupied territory from reaching Allied spy services through the Netherlands and served to stop the smuggling.

Tomperweg, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

0474 83 52 15

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Leenderheide

Beautiful area surrounded by other nature areas on almost all sides. However, it is partially cut off by two motorways. To allow animals to take this barrier, an ecoduct is laid on the A2. Hikers and cyclists have access to three viaducts.

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Windmolenstraat 10, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

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Achelse Safe

The Saint Benedictine Abbey, also known as Achelse Kluis, is located on the border of Brabant (NL) and Limburg (BE). In the meadow setting full of forest, heath, and fields you can endlessly hike and cycle. In addition, the Achelse Kluis itself is worth a visit. In the monumental building you look out your eyes. At the Achelse Kluis it is also possible to drink and eat.

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De Kluis 1, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

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The Warmbeek (BE) / Tongelreep (NE)

The Tongelreep is a tributary of the Dommel and originates at Neerpelt. This river is still called the Warmbeek. The river flows along the Achelse Kluis, the Leenderbos, the Valkenhorst and eventually also through the Genneper parks. Eventually, the Tongelreep goes up in De Dommel, this happens at Eindhoven.

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Wild boar in the Leenderbos

Wild boar - also called wild boar - can also be found on De Groote Heide. The wild boar occurs in dry and wet foody deciduous forests and mixed forests. Like the Leenderbos.

Read information about the Wild Swine

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Photo J. Lazaroms

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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

040 206 8207

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The cabin of Mie Pils

The Mie Pils Hut can be used as starting point, stop and end point. From here you have the opportunity to enter different areas for walking or cycling. The address is Leenderweg 1 Waalre. There is also a parking space, so the Mie Pils Hut often serves as the starting and ending point for many cycling and hiking trips.

Leenderweg 1, 5583 TC Waalre, Netherlands

040 221 2892

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Parking Staatsbosbeheer

A parking lot of State Forest Management, which places you directly in the middle of nature. It is located on the lane road in Leende. This is a slice if you are on the Valkenswaardseweg between Leende and Valkenswaard.

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Café de Hospes

Café de Hospes is a bicycle café where many cycling routes start. Here you can also go by car before you leave. From here you are near the Achelse Kluis, Castle Cranendonck and the Leenderbos. So there is plenty of choice between routes. The address is Strijperdijk 46 in Leende.

Strijperstraat 46, 5595 GD Leende, Netherlands

040 206 1288

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The Leemer Hoef

The Leemer Hoef is a restaurant in the south of Eindhoven. Under the Genneper Parks lies the Leemer Hoef, close to three nature areas in De Groote Heide. A closing of a day in the Stratumse Heide, Leenderheide or Genneper Parks at this restaurant is therefore a good option. It is located in Waalre on the Gestelsestraat 102.

Gestelsestraat 102, 5582 HK Waalre, Netherlands

040 221 5406

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Parking Huisvenseweg Heeze

In Heeze on Huisvenseweg 16 is a parking lot. From here you can enjoy De Groote Heide to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. From the parking lot you are almost immediately in the Leenderheide and Strabrechtse Heide.

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Manege de Molenberg

Manege The Molenberg is easily accessible and traditionally known for its beautiful location. Beautifully situated on the Leenderbossen, De Molenberg offers many hippies. From the equestrian center, 80 km of rider paths extend beyond the boundary with our southern neighbors. For horse riding and / or pony riding or participating in various activities you are welcome. Of course you can always have a cup of coffee in our restaurant.

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Valkenswaardseweg 29C, 5595 XB Leende, Netherlands

06 21871317

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Golden Tulip Jagershorst

Golden Tulip Jagershorst is located south of Eindhoven in a wooded area. With 88 luxury 4-star rooms, indoor pool, health center, restaurant and bar, it's a wonderful place for a weekend away out of town. The hotel is located in Leende aan de Valkenwaardseweg 44.

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Valkenswaardseweg 44, 5595 XB Leende, Netherlands

040 206 1386

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Camping Small France

Camping Klein France is located in the south of the Netherlands close to the Belgian border. The Leenderbos Groote Heide is a stone's throw away and a trip to these beautiful areas is definitely worth the effort. The campsite is located at Kapelstraat 20 in Leende.

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Strijperstraat 75a, 5595 GB Leende, Netherlands

06 12927798

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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

0493 326 977

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Pingoruine

A pingoruan is a natural gift from the Ice Age. It's like this:

Pingo's originated in the ice age because groundwater rises and freezes below the surface of the tundra. In addition, the sand layer is pushed upward and lateral and forms a hill called 'pingo' by the eskimo's. Such a pingo can reach a height of 70 meters in special cases. During the ice age, pingo's also formed in the Netherlands. After melting the ice the hill collapsed as it were and a pit with riot edges emerged. In a number of cases, the upward pushed sand forms an increase in the center of the pit. There is then a ring vein.

At the little Hasselsven, such a special pingo can be found. Here you can come, but you will have to walk a bit. It's really a nice experience.

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Kinderboerderij De Kleine Meer

A children's farm is a fun place for children to play with each other and to get acquainted with animals. In Valkenswaard is such a Kinderboerderij De Kleine Meer.

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Bosstraat 45, 5553 CL Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 207 6153

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Nature campsite Staatsbosbeheer Leenderbos

Leenderbos Forestry, on the Belgian border, is an alternate nature area with beautiful friends, sandy sprays and vast forests. Due to the variety in the landscape there are many rare plants and animals. Nearby you will find other nature areas, such as the Strabrechtse Heide. At the brothers of the Achelse Kluis abbey you can drink a self-trappist. Children play on the playground or in the forest and heathland. From your spacious place you have free view of the grounds with plenty of privacy.

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Strijperpad 3, 5595 Leende, Netherlands

06 23868797

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Rustpunt Groote Heide

Bed and Breakfast Rustpunt Groote Heide is located in the pitoreske village of Heeze. The municipality of Heeze-Leende has a unique environment with an overwhelming and varied nature that reaches the Belgian border. There can be endless walking and cycling. Skaters and riders are also well-liked in their surroundings. Parasailers have a jealous view of Heeze Castle and its forests, landscapes and miles of nature around it.

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Heezerenbosch 24, 5591 TA Heeze, Netherlands

06 57002046

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Camping de Zandberg

SVR camping "De Zandberg" is located in the core Leenderstrijp (municipality of Heeze-Leende), 10 kilometers south of Eindhoven in the province of North Brabant. The campsite is located on the edge of the "Leenderbos", an area of ​​2,380 hectares. Large nature area, with plenty of tranquility, space and a beautiful view in the same area: "The Zandberg".

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Strijperstraat 73A, 5595 GB Leende, Netherlands

040 206 1357

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Camping the End

Camping Het Eind is a very quiet campsite with a natural appearance and has ± 20 spacious camping sites. The campsite is 150 meters away from the "Leenderbos" forest area, a nature reserve with heath, forests, friends and many hiking and cycling routes.

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Strijperstraat 77, 5595 GB Leende, Netherlands

06 51867302

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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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Parking Huisvenseweg Heeze

Near Leenderbos and Leenderheide you have space for parking and your journey through nature.

(This photo of the Leenderheide is made by Jean van DIjck).

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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

06 23909030

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