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Bicycle route - Hamont, Neerpelt and Overpelt 43 km

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The route showcases the area surrounding ​​Hamont with its abundance of woodland and beautiful streams. The Flemish villages you cycle through offer plenty of opportunities to pull up at an outdoor café and enjoy a delicious piece of Limburg pie. Hamont is known for the “Teuten” trade in the eighteenth century. A “teut” was a trader or craftsman who travelled around Western Europe. They built a number of stately houses, of which you can still see some near the market. The route also takes you to some beautiful historic Kempic longhouse farms that are well worth a visit. Between Hamont and Achel you will cross the Beverbeekse Heide and then enter the valley of the Dommel river, where a visit to the Wedelse Molen might be in order.

The Kolisbos is originally an area of heathland that has been planted mainly with Scots pine. There are still some remnants of heath to be found and the current policy is to give the area a more natural character. A stream, the Kolisloop, runs through the forest.

On this cycle route you will cross beautiful areas such as the Beverbeekse Heide, Domaine de l'Escaille, the Kolisbos Play Forest, Boseind P​lay Forest and the Klankenbos .

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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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Plateaux-Hageven

Borders fade in the Plateaux-Hageven, a Dutch-Belgian nature reserve. Walk through forest and over heath and past fens and water meadows: a water system of the early 19th century! In spring you will find orchids here, and in autumn the meadows turn a lovely shade of purple.

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Leenderweg 1, 5583 TC Waalre, Netherlands

040 221 2892

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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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Natuurgebied Broekkant

The Broekkant nature reserve lies along both banks of the Warmbeek and is part of the Pastoorswal project. Through this project, we want to increase the natural value of the environment through the supply of limestone channel water via a supply loop. The plantation in the neighborhood is intended to form a kind of ecological corridor for flora and fauna. The Pastoorswal (Broekkant) is also the starting point of the De Broekkant Slope. This beautiful 3,7 km of hiking trails is recommended for every nature lover.

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Klankenbos

The inhabitants of the Klankenbos are contemporary works of musical art that stimulate not only your sense of hearing, but also your sense of sight. The sound installations are captivating works of art that are very intriguing to both listen to and look at.

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Boseind Play Forest

The Boseind Play Forest offers hours of enjoyment in nature for children and their parents. Spend your free afternoon or day with the kids here and allow them to experience the versatility of nature.

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De Kluis 20, 5591 KC Heeze, Netherlands

06 21912031

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Kolisbos Play Forest

The Kolisbos nature reserve, located in the municipality of Neerpelt, is a forest that has a beautiful play area for children. Hours of outdoor fun guaranteed.

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Bosstraat 45, 5553 CL Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 207 6153

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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 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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Municipality of Neerpelt

Neerpelt is split in two by the Bocholt-Herentals canal, and the Dommel also passes through Neerpelt. This small river constitutes, for a while, the border with neighbouring Overpelt and then flows through the Plateaux-Hageven nature reserve and crosses the border with the Netherlands to continue its path across De Groote Heide in the direction of Eindhoven. Neerpelt is more than just a picturesque green municipality with a high quality of living. The area is also known for its vibrant city centre, beautiful surrounding nature, festive events, nice shops and exciting bars and cafés… Neerpelt (10,571 acres – 16,742 inhabitants) is a municipality with five hamlets: Neerpelt Centrum, Grote Heide, Boseind, Sint-Huibrechts-Lille and Herent.

Heezerenbosch 24, 5591 TA Heeze, Netherlands

06 57002046

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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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Pony Rentals Neerpelt

Pony Rental Franssiscushof is located in the middle of the green in Neerpelt. Children can not find their luck in the children's farm with all different animals. Before the children can ride the pony, they learn to know the animal first. They punch, feed and hug the pony. After that, they drive calmly under the guidance of a pony round.

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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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De Wulp visitors' centre

De Wulp is where you can gather additional information before heading out into nature. The more you know about nature, the more enjoyable and worthwhile to visit it. It is the gateway to the Plateaux-Hageven nature reserve, but can also be your starting point to explore other areas. The address of De Wulp is Tussenstraat 10 in Neerpelt.

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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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Plateaux-Hageven birdwatching station

In order to not disturb birdlife, several observation towers and birdwatching stations have been placed in this nature area. Plateaux-Hageven is home to many different species of animal. It is therefore certainly worthwhile to have an observation tower here. From the tower you can easily spot birds and other animals. The address to get there is Groote Heide 120 in Neerpelt. Fun fact: the tower is actually located on the Dutch-Belgian border.

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Plateaux-Hageven suspension bridge

In Plateaux-Hageven, close to the observation posts and birdwatching stations there is also a suspension bridge crossing the Dommel river. A special experience in a special piece of nature. The bridge can be reached from the De Wulp visitors’ centre located at the Tussenstraat in Neerpelt.

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Fire tower Kolisbos

In Neerpelt in Speelbos Kolisbos is a 35 meter high fire tower. The fire tower can be found in Sint-Huibrechts-Lille, on the edge of De Groote Heide. The tower was built in 2011 and is no less than ten meters higher than the predecessor. In the tower you can see miles and there are also various restaurants in the area.

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Fietscafé Fransiscushof

Bike Café Fransiscuhof is located in Neerpelt, in the midst of peaceful nature. Here you can have a nice bite and drink. Also for the children, this stop is special, because they can ride a pony. The address is Fierkens-Heikant 53 in Neerpelt.

FiekensHeikant 53, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

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011 66 36 65

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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 area Provincial Domain Dommelhof

Parking is available at the Provincial Domain Dommelhof in Neerpelt. The Klankenbos is also part of this domain. From here you can reach Klankenbos, but also Speelbos Boseind ​​and Speelbos Kolisbos. The address is Toekomstlaan 5 in Neerpelt.

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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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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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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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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

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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

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040 206 8326

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Bella Via

In the center of Neerpelt is the restaurant Bella Via. Here you can have a nice lunch or dinner in the afternoon and evening. Before or after a hike or bike ride you can enjoy culinary delights here. It is located on the Heerstraat 15 in Neerpelt.

Heerstraat 15, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

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011 64 01 71

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Old Dommelhof

Near the center of Neerpelt, near the playgrounds lies Oud Dommelhof. The original mansion, which is 150 years old, still radiates the flair of the past. Here you can have a nice bite and drink. The address is Toekomstlaan 7 in Neerpelt.

Toekomstlaan 7, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

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011 63 23 40

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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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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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Apartments Campinoir

Apartments Campinoir is located in Neerpelt. From here you are in the Buitenheide and Plateaux Hageven. In this area there are enough hiking and cycling routes that show you the most beautiful places. In Neerpelt you have plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars within walking distance of your apartment. The address is Heerstraat 54 in Neerpelt.

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Bike rental Loos

The rental of the electric bicycle has become increasingly popular. Bike rental Loos plays in and rents electric bikes. They work with various B & B's, tourist offices, hotels and other companies. The address is Rikkaartstraat 16 Neerpelt.

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Rikkaartstraat 16, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

0494 72 98 67

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Windmill De Lilse Meulen

Windmill The Lilse Meulen is a stone belt mill from 1820/1908.

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Windmolenstraat 10, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

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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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Scoutsrally Neerpelt

Since 1945, the 9 hectare wooded area is an outdoor center for and for youth. In the course of history, this center has become a popular place for young and old. On the site we find various buildings useful as youth hostels and meeting rooms for the local scouts group, play and sports grounds, a safe and beautiful playground and a modern cafeteria.

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Ralley Avenue 3, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

011 81 28 68

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Finnish Skiing at Scoutsrally

In Neerpelt you can walk a Finnish slope of 780 meters. At Scoutsrally, located on the canal in Neerpelt. Furthermore, there are more opportunities to actively work with Scoutsrally. In Overpelt and further surroundings there are even more Finnish slopes to be found, see it here .

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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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