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Bicycle route - Crossing the border to Borkel and Schaft 29.1 km

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TThis route takes you through the green border region between Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands and Limburg in Belgium. You will cycle from Overpelt to Borkel through the valley of the Dommel river. This used to be an important waterway that was already used by the Romans. Because man interfered with the river, it started meandering and the Dommel diluted to a brook. The Dommel rises at an altitude of 77 metres on the Kempen plateau in Belgian Limburg. The Dommel flows through a number of nature areas that you will cycle through on this trip. One of these is De Plateaux-Hageven. This special and beautiful nature reserve is situated in both the Netherlands (865 acres) and Belgium (370 acres) and consists partly of water meadows planted with poplars. The more higher-lying parts are characterised by coniferous trees and heathland. The Belgian part has been converted to hayfield by seeding an alpine seed mixture. This is one of the reasons why extremely rare plants such as the autumn crocus still grows here. The small villages of Borkel and Schaft boast historic 18th-century longhouse farms, and Borkel also has the Saint Antonius Abt windmill that dates back to 1865. Through this beautiful rural and woody landscape you return to Overpelt, with its typical southern good-naturedness and Burgundian temperament: outdoor cafés, nice beverages and local pies.

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The Plateaux Gardens

Borders blur in The Plateaux-Hageven, a Dutch-Belgian nature reserve. Walk through forest and over hills, along friends and flows: a water system of the early 19th century! In the spring you will find orchids, in the fall the meadows color purple.

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Leenderweg 1, 5583 TC Waalre, Netherlands

040 221 2892

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Buitenheide-Drie Boog

Buitenheide-Drie Boogen is a nature reserve in Neerpelt, in which three arch bridges that crossed the railway to Achel and high bermen draw the landscape.

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Klankenbos

A unique collection of sound systems. In Klankenbos, contemporary artworks produce sounds. Not only are your ears irritated, you can also afford your eyes, because the sound systems are fascinating visual works that look more worthwhile.

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Speelbos Boseind

In Speelbos Boseind ​​you can play for hours with nature in nature. Go on a free (mid) day with the children to the play forest and let the children meet the versatility of nature.

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De Kluis 20, 5591 KC Heeze, Netherlands

06 21912031

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Speelbos Kolisbos

The nature reserve Kolisbos, located in the municipality of Neerpelt, is a forest in which there is a beautiful play area for children. A guarantee for hours of outdoor fun.

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Bosstraat 45, 5553 CL Valkenswaard, Netherlands

040 207 6153

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Gemeente Neerpelt

Neerpelt is divided by the Channel Bocholt-Herentals (Kempisch Canal) in two. The Dommel flows through Neerpelt. The river forms part of the natural boundary with the neighboring Overpelt and flows through the nature reserve Plateaux-Hageven to the border with the Netherlands through De Groote Heide towards Eindhoven. Neerpelt is more than a beautiful, green town where it is pleasant to live. The municipality is known for its vibrant dynamics, for the beautiful surrounding nature, for the swinging events, the cozy shops, the lively food shops. Neerpelt (4,278 hectares - 16,742 inhabitants) is a municipality with five hamlets: Neerpelt center, Grote Heide, Boseind, Sint-Huibrechts-Lille and Herent.

Heezerenbosch 24, 5591 TA Heeze, Netherlands

06 57002046

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Visitor Center De Wulp

The Wulp is the place where you can get extra information before you go into nature. To enjoy even more and know about nature, this is worth visiting. It is the gateway to the Plateaux Hageven nature reserve, but also to explore other areas. The address of De Wulp is Tussenstraat 10 in Neerpelt.

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Tussenstraat 10, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

011 80 26 77

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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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Lookout station Plateaux Hageven

In order not to deter birds, there are different viewing points and bird spots in the wild. In Plateaux Hageven you have many different animal species. It is therefore good that there is a lookout tower in the nature reserve. From here you can easily spot the birds and possibly other animals. The address to get there is Groote Heide 120 in Neerpelt. The checkpoint is actually on the Dutch-Belgian border.

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Hangbrug Plateaux Hageven

In Plateaux Hageven, close to the lookouts and bird spots, there is also a suspension bridge for crossing the Dommel. A special experience in a special piece of nature. It can be reached via the visiting center de Wulp located in the Tussenstraat in Neerpelt.

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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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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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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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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

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

011 63 23 40

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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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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 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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