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Bicycle route - The Belgian Kempen 30.8 km

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The Kempen is a lovely area for cycling, mainly because of the varied landscape and Burgundian hospitality that characterises the Dutch-Belgian border region. This route passes through several beautiful areas, including Domaine l'Escaille. The De l'Escaille Castle is a castle-like mansion located south of the hamlet 't Lo, which is part of Hamont, with large ponds both in front and behind the castle. The estate consists of forests, meadows and fields and has the Lobeek flowing through it. Your starting point is De Coockpit at the small-scale Kempen Airport, from where you will quickly cross the border at Hamont. The route then guides you through forest and heathland until you return to Dutch territory at Schaft.

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Fietsknooppunt: 33; Gebied: Valkenswaard
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Grafheuvels Hamont-Achel

In the Haarterheide nature reserve between Achel and Hamont, the eight tombs of Hamont-Achel lie. The grave hills originate from the Iron Age (about 700 BC). They are partly restored in their original state.

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Orange Nassaustraat 8C, 5554 AG Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 204 9841

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De Grevenbroekmolen - Hamont-Achel

In the municipality of Hamont-Achel is the Grevenbroekmolen, or 'Het Mulke', an underwater water mill on the Warmbeek, built in 1770. She served for grinding grain and buckwheat. In 1774 an oil mill was placed opposite this mill. In 1920 she had already been shut down, while the thrust was moved in 1973 and a bridge was built. The building is still present, although the watercourse has disappeared.

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Broekkant 83, 6021 CV Budel, Netherlands

0495 491 552

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Chapel of Our Lady in Emergency

Oldest chapel of Achel, located at the edge of the De Warande hiking lane, on the corner of the Military Dike. The chapel was built in 1838 on behalf of widow Wauters-de Sallez, interest rate star in Hasselt and then resident of Genenbroek castle.
A nice place for rest and reflection. Or to shelter.

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Jacob Reviuslaan 25, 5644 TP Eindhoven, Netherlands

040 211 4786

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Beverbeek Heath

Many place names in Hamont-Achel still refer to the heath that used to be commonplace. A beautiful example is the Beverbeekse Heide. It wasn't until the second half of the last century that the heathlands here were converted to pine forest. Did the heath completely disappear? No, not entirely. Here and there, at the edges of the forest and in clearings, it survives. Those brave remnants have recently gained a lot more space through natural connections.

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Molenstraat 21, 5664 HV Geldrop, Netherlands

040 286 3574

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The Soerendonks Goor

The Soerendonks Goor, in the source area of ​​the Strijper Aa, was exploited despite fierce protests in 1957. That business was not successful. Twenty years later, the procedure was reversed. Since then, the wet nature has the necessary living space again. In winter there are many ducks and herons, including the great Egret. There is a birdhouse on the edge of the lake where you have a good view of the birds without disturbing them.

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Haarterheide

Between Neerpelt and Hamont-Achel lies the Haarterheide, a nature area with some beautiful cycling and hiking routes. There's also some additional sights, such as the old Torenburcht de Tomp and eight Iron Age burial mounds.

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Molenstraat 211, 5556 TA Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 201 2220

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Buitenheide-Drie Bogen

Buitenheide-Drie Bogen is a nature reserve in Neerpelt characterised by high banks and three arch bridges that used to cross the railway to Achel.

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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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Mill Zeldenrust

The mill Zeldenrust is a windmill at Burgemeester Van Houtstraat 60 in the Dutch city Budel (municipality Cranendonck). It is a round stone mill that is decorated as a grain mill. The Zeldenrust was built as a belt mill in 1869 on behalf of Jan Rooijmans, after he had never been thought of as a pioneer from the mill in favor of the owner's son. In 1898 the mill broke out and immediately recovered. The mill belt was completely demolished in the 1950s and 1960s and replaced by a masonry warehouse. The mill is operated from the roof of the warehouse.

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Mayor of Houtstraat 60, 6021 AW Budel, Netherlands

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Molen Nooitgedacht

Mill Never Thought A windmill is on the Meemortel 24 in the Dutch city of Budel (municipality of Cranendonck). It is a round stone mill which is decorated as a grain mill. Never thought, it was built as a mill in 1846, until the late 1960s. After a period of decay, the mill was raised in 1976 and the mill belt was demolished. Since then, it has never been thought of as a setting mill.

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Mayor of Ginnekenstraat 17, 6021 AH Budel, Netherlands

0495 493 502

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Kettingbrugbos

This special area is a playground for young and old alike. Want to be free to fully delight in nature? You've come to the right place.

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Municipality of Cranendonck

The municipality of Cranendonck is where Brabant and Limburg converge, where Belgium and the Netherlands meet in a smooth transition of pure peace and relaxation, from nature to lively outdoor cafés. Cranendonk is a large municipality of De Groote Heide and covers Budel, Budel-Dorplein, Budel-Schoot, Gastel, Maarheeze and Soerendonk.

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Municipality of Hamont-Achel

The spacious farmlands, wide open spaces, auromatic pine forests and surprising historic landmarks of Hamont-Achel make it an ideal destination for hikers and cyclists. Hamont-Achel is located centrally in the cycling route network of the Kempen area of Brabant and Limburg. The 450 kilometres of cycling trails will lead you to the most astonishing monuments and nature of the region. There are also a great many marked and connected hiking trails. Discover the cross-border charm of De Groote Heide by foot, bike, car or bus, on your own or with a tourist guide.

Rul 31, 5591 TV Heeze, Netherlands

06 53236704

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Ships house

The Schepenhuis is the building where the former village administration, the former town hall of Budel, which also lasted for a long time as a repository for the archives of Maarheeze and Soerendonk. The Schepenhuis was built in 1772 to a design from 1771 of the well-known Boxtelse lansmeter, cartographer and architect Hendrik Verhees. Almost two centuries, until 1966, the shipyard served as a town hall.

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Markt 28, 6021 CE Budel, Netherlands

0495 495 174

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Our Lady's Visitation Church

The OLV Visitatiekerk is a church in the center of the northern Brabant city of Budel. Already between 700 and 800 n. Chr. Budel has already been a wooden missionary church. In the centuries that followed, the church was burned, plundered, built up, rebuilt and more. The church was designed by architect Caspar Franssen. The OLV Visitation Church has stained-glass windows and a triple-trick on the altar with a shine of OLV Visitation. The church is a national monument.

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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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The Wild Rose

Because there was no real club building in 1986, they decided to build a hive. A beautiful drawing garden was also built at this building, with a wide variety of breeding plants. The garden was given an appropriate name: The Immenhof. Imme (n) is an old name for bees people. With the willow rose in Budel you can enjoy bees, the garden and other insects. The address is Broekkant 83 Budel.

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Broekkant 83, 6021 CV Budel, Netherlands

0495 491 552

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Castle Grevenbroek

Castle Grevenbroek is located in Hamont-Achel. In the area there is everything to see. Forest, heath and beautiful buildings, where Grevenbroek Castle is one of them. To enjoy a meal and a drink, visit the brasserie located near the castle. The address is Catharinadal 3 in Hamont-Achel.

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Catharinadal 3, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

011 75 01 90

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Cranendonck Castle

Cranendonck Castle is situated in the Barony of Cranendonck, near Soerendonk. The castle was built around 1250. In 1673 it was largely destroyed by the French. The farm that was next to the castle was demolished in 1899 and replaced by a villa: the current castle. At the beginning of the last century, the above-ground parts of the old castle were removed. In 2008, the contours of the old castle were marked in the field.

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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

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040 206 8207

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Domein de Bever

At Domein de Bever you will find yourself near several cycling and hiking routes in and around Hamont-Achel. The Beverbeekse Heide is just around the corner. The address is Beverbekerdijk 50 in Hamont-Achel.

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Parking space Hamont-Achel

At the Brouwersstraat 17 in Hamont-Achel there are parking facilities. From here you are in Cranendonck and you are near the Achelse Kluis. To start your cycling route is definitely a good option. The address is Brouwersstraat 17 in Hamont-Achel.

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The Boned Os

At the Bonte Os in Budel you can enjoy a nice drink, snack and extensive dining. There is a large terrace where the sun shines all day long. In Budel you are close to the Belgian-Dutch border and you are fast at the Achelse Kluis.

Doctor Ant. Mathijsenstraat 12, 6021 CL Budel, Netherlands

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0495 491 341

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Restaurant Koeckhofs

Next to the hotel there is also a Koeckhofs restaurant. Eating and sleeping is therefore possible at the same location in Hamont-Achel. Here you can go to 14:00 in the afternoon and in the evening again from 18:00. Before, during or after your trip you can go here to enjoy the most delicious meals.

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Brasserie De Kapetulie

Brasserie De Kapetulie is a place for almost a day for a snack and a drink. Start your route here in Hamont-Achel and come back in the day to pamper yourself. At The Capetule there is something for everyone.

Dorpsstraat 5, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

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011 64 34 58

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The Tomp

The Tomp is a residue of a tower mill and is located in Achel. During a cycling trip around the Warmbeek (BE) / Tongelreep (NE) in Hamont-Achel, a trip to the Tomp is definitely worth a visit. The old tower mill is surrounded by beautiful green nature and water. There was long doubt about the purpose of the ruin previously. The remains of a tower mill or the castle tower of a castle. In 1968 the tower was even erroneously restored, namely a castle tower. However, in the 1990s, they realized that they had made a mistake.

Tomperweg, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

0474 83 52 15

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Manege de Boschhoeve

Manege de Boschhoeve has been the ideal place for activities and holidays on horseback since 1988. They organize wonderful riding holidays in a unique nature area. In this nature reserve, there are extensive riding and walking routes, which form part of a cross-border network. Manege de Boschhoeve has a lot more to offer. Check out the offer on the website.

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Bospad 2, 6027 RH Soerendonk, Netherlands

0495 592 356

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The Zevensprong

The Zevensprong is a small hotel that features nine rooms and a restaurant. In the beautiful north of Limburg (BE) there is an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Hamont-Achel has a lot to offer with its beautiful nature and historic buildings. Far from all hustle and bustle you can enjoy mom nature here. The hotel is located at Sint Odilialaan 81 in Hamont-Achel.

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Sint Odilialaan 81, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

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011 80 56 80

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Hotel-Restaurant Koeckhofs

The Koeckhofs is a 4-star hotel restaurant located in the beautiful Achel. Nearby are various hiking and cycling routes that are definitely worth the effort to follow. These routes take you along the most beautiful nature and various beautiful monuments. Koeckhof's hotel restaurant is located at Michielsplein 2 in Achel.

4 Michielsplein, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

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011 64 31 81

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La Marquise Chambres d'hôtel de Luxe

La Marquise Chambres d'hôtel de Luxe is a luxury small five-room hotel. The Budel B & B offers many opportunities to enjoy nature and historical buildings. There are various mills in the area and nearby Cranendonck Castle is worth a visit. The address is Meermortel 43A in Budel.

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Meemortel 43, 6021 AD Budel, Netherlands

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0495 496 470

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Bed & Breakfast Rosteline

Bed & Breakfast Rosteline is located in the beautiful Belgian Hamont-Achel. In Hamont-Achel you can rest completely while your eyes turn overtime. In addition to beautiful nature, Hamont-Achel also has beautiful historic buildings such as the grave hills that can be found. Near the Dutch-Belgian border you can enjoy it. The address is Budelpoort 40 in Hamont-Achel.

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Napoleonic mill

Napoleon mill (also called Mathijsenmolen or Van Breemolen) is a brick windmill from 1804 in Hamont-Achel.

He was used as a grain and oil mill.

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Parking The Fork

The De Vork car park is located near the Belgian-Dutch border. From here you are almost directly in the Buitenheide and Beverbeek Heide.

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