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Bicycle route - De Malpie 26.4 km

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This route takes you mainly to nature reserve De Malpie with its beautiful fens and heathland. For part of the way you will cycle along the banks of the Dommel river and past the Valentinus Chapel. De Malpie nature reserve is known for its beautiful cycling and hiking routes along the vast heathland and many bigger and smaller fens. The route runs from Bergeijk to the village of Borkel through a beautiful open area that is largely part of the municipality of Valkenswaard. A small part is owned and managed by the Natuurmonumenten association. The former production forest that was used for mining, is now slowly changing into a more natural deciduous forest. The effects of this are already evident. When walking through the woods you will encounter many species of birds who would not have been at home here in the recent past. You can hear and see different species of woodpecker, such as the European green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker. De Malpie has a bat cellar with species including the brown long-earned bat and natterer’s bat. For more information please visit the website of Natuurmonumenten.

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Venbergse Mill

The Venbergse Watermolen is beautifully located on the Dommel. It is a grain mill already mentioned in the year 1275 but probably already active for the year 900..
The mill is no longer in use. Nowadays it's a plaster with a cafe and terrace. An ideal starting point for cycling and hiking across the Malpie. Or a canoe trip over the Dommel during the summer months.

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Molenstraat 211, 5556 TA Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 201 2220

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The Malpie

Hike or bike over the many trails on the Malpieberg hill and forest area near Eindhoven and Valkenswaard. Enjoy the spatial feel. Malpie Nature Reserve is part of a much larger heath area of ​​the municipality of Valkenswaard.

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Tussenstraat 10, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

011 80 26 77

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Canoeing on the Dommel

At Kanovaren Valkenswaard you can go for a fun day with the family. Young and old can enjoy a canoe trip on the Dommel. Here you have the choice of two trips, for the recreational skills (8km, 2 hours) and the more advanced / sporting skills (15km, 4.5 hours sailing). The address is Molenstraat 203a Valkenswaard.

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Molenstraat 203A, 5554 TS Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 293 9078

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GPS Walking Valkenswaard

The ability to find the route without a map, no signs and far away from the inhabited world can be very difficult. With these hiking routes you will be equipped with a map, compass, gps and other necessities to walk the beautiful route. You are actively trying to find the right way, but at the same time there is the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful nature. The address is Molenstraat 203a Valkenswaard.

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The Dommel

The Dommel originates near the Belgian Helchteren and ends at 's-Hertogenbosch via the Dieze in the Meuse. Several or more extensive nature reserves have been established at several places in and along this brook valley, including at Waalre. The Dommel opens at 's-Hertogenbosch via the Dieze in the Meuse.

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Cafe-restaurant de Venbergse Mill

In the former mill house you can sit well inside and on the terrace. From here you can instantly enter the Malpie. But the mill house has an interesting history. The address is Molenstraat 211 in Valkenswaard.

Molenstraat 211, 5556 TA Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 201 2220

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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

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

040 206 8326

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Center Parcs De Kempervennen

Center Parcs De Kempervennen is a bungalow park located under Valkenswaard. From the park on the border of De Groote Heide you have the opportunity to enjoy all that the area has to offer. The Malpie is easily and quickly accessible, but Plateaux Hageven is also a short distance from the Kempervennen. The address of the bungalow park is Kempervennendreef 8 in Westerhoven.

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Parking A Center Parcs De Kempervennen, 5563 Westerhoven, Netherlands

040 208 3333

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Bike rental Valkenswaard

Bicycle rental Valkenswaard offers the possibility to rent bicycles, tandems, stairs and mountain bikes. From Valkenswaard there is the possibility to visit De Malpie, Plateaux Hageven or the Leenderbos. The address is Molenstraat 203A in Valkenswaard.

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Molenstraat 203, 5554 TS Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 204 2593

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Heesterbikes

Heesterbikes is located just outside De Groote Heide in Westerhoven. From here you are fast in the area. At Heesterbikes you have the opportunity to rent bikes, tandems, oma-cars, mountain bikes, steps, high bikes and electric bikes. The address is Lange akkers 38 in Westerhoven.

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Lange Akkers 38, 5563 BV Westerhoven, Netherlands

040 201 7685

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Parking Bergeijk

You can park at the Barrier 15A in Bergeijk. This parking lot is located near the cross-border nature reserve Plateaux Hageven.

(This photo is made by Wim Light).

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