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MTB - Valkenswaard 33.3 km

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This is a beautiful MTB route through the Leenderbos - De Groote Heide in Valkenswaard. The Leenderbos consists mainly of coniferous trees and there are various types of birds and mammals around. The MTB route also crosses De Malpie, another nature reserve that is part of De Groote Heide nature border park and is characterised by heathfields. The route is quite diverse, from exposed fields to wooded areas. While not the most challenging route around, it does make for a nice trip.

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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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Venbergen Water Mill

The Venbergen Water Mill is beautifully located on the banks of the Dommel. It is a grain mill that has been mentioned as far back as 1275, but has probably been in production before the year 900. The mill is no longer in use. Nowadays it's a stopping place with a bar and outdoor terrace. It’s an ideal starting point for cycling and hiking trips across De Malpie, or canoe trips on the Dommel in summer.

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De Malpie

Enjoy the feeling of spaciousness while walking or cycling the many paths of the Malpiebergse Heide and forested areas near Eindhoven and Valkenswaard. The Malpie nature reserve is part of a much larger heathland area near the town of Valkenswaard.

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Tussenstraat 10, 3910 Neerpelt, Belgium

011 80 26 77

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Heimolen

The Heimolen is a semi-closed stand mill in Leende. The cabinet is covered with oak shells. The mill has wooden chest rows, which are 16 meters long. The mill has one pair of blue grindstones, which have a diameter of 98 cm.

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5595 Leende, Netherlands

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Leenderbos-Groote Heide

The Leenderbos is an area of almost 5000 acres that attracts about one million visitors each year. The forest consists mainly of conifers and is home to many species of birds, including the nightjar, bittern, honey buzzard and kingfisher. The area is also populated by roe deer, foxes, hares and rabbits. In the Leenderbos there are of course plenty of hiking and cycling options. And what's more, the area also has an extensive network of bridle paths that are often also suitable for horse-drawn coaches.

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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 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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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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Warmbeek (BE) / Tongelreep (NE)

The Tongelreep is a small tributary of the Dommel and rises near Neerpelt. Here the river is still called the Warmbeek. The river flows past the Achelse Kluis, the Leenderbos, Valkenhorst and ultimately also passes through Genneper Parken. Eventually the Tongelreep flows into the Dommel river near 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

Beoordeling:

040 206 8207

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Cafe & restaurant De Venbergse Molen

The former mill house is a great place to sit back and relax, both inside or on the outdoor terrace. And from here you can immediately set out onto De Malpie. The mill house itself has a very interesting history too. The address is Molenstraat 211 in Valkenswaard.

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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

Beoordeling:

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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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

Beoordeling:

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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Kempervennendreef 8, 5563 VB Westerhoven, Netherlands

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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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Pingo ruin

A pingo ruin is a natural gift from the ice age.

Pingo's were formed in the ice age when rising ground water froze below the surface of the tundra. This pushed sand layers up and to the sides, creating a hill that the Eskimos call a 'pingo'. Such pingos were sometimes able to reach heights of no less than 70 metres. During the last ice age this phenomenon also occurred in the Netherlands. When the ice finally melted, the hill collapsed in on itself as it were, creating a pit with elevated edges. In some instances the sand that was pushed up formed an elevation in the middle of the pit. This would then create a ring fen.

Such a special pingo can be found near the Klein Hasselsven. It is a fairly long walk, but it is possible to reach this area on foot. A humbling and wonderful experience. 

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Camping the End

Camping Het Eind is a very quiet campsite with a natural appearance and has ± 20 spacious camping sites. The campsite is 150 meters away from the "Leenderbos" forest area, a nature reserve with heath, forests, friends and many hiking and cycling routes.

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Strijperstraat 77, 5595 GB Leende, Netherlands

Beoordeling:

06 51867302

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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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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

Beoordeling:

06 23909030

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