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Bicycle route - Green Valkenswaard 32.3 km

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This bicycle route begins and ends at Grand Cafe and Restaurant ‘De Zwaan’ with its characteristic Burgundian atmosphere. It is a beautiful circular cycling route that passes many attractive fens and heathlands. You will also come across the St. Antonius Abt windmill that has been around since 1865. Just outside Valkenswaard lies a nature reserve full of beautiful heathlands and fens. The lakes and ponds differ in size and are home to a diverse population of animals and plants. Some of the more peculiar plants that grow here include common sundew, marsh gentian, tormentil and hellweed. The area is also home to many butterflies and dragonflies, and occasionally you might spot mammals such as rabbits and foxes scurrying away. Also don’t be surprised to look upon sheep quietly grazing in the wild. The route takes you through the Leenderbos and De Malpie, two nature areas that have all the time and space they need to shine in nature border park De Groote Heide.

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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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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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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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Beverbeek Heath

Many places in Hamont-Achel refer to the heath that used to be everywhere. A beautiful example is the Beverbeek heath. Only in the second half of the last century were the heathlands here forested and planted with pines. Did the heath completely disappear? No, not entirely. Here and there we find some heath back in forest edges and open spaces. And 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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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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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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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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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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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

Watch a video of wild boar in the Leenderbos>

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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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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Domain de Bever

At Domain de Bever you are near several cycling and hiking routes in and around Hamont-Achel. It is close to the Beverbeek Heath. Address is Beverbekerdijk 50 in Hamont-Achel.

Beverbekerdijk 50, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

011 64 15 57

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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

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

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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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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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 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 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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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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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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