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Hiking - Hamont-Achel trappist route 7.4 km

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The trappist walk starts at the Achelse Kluis in Hamont-Achel (Belgium). The route crosses the border to Brabant (NL) and its beautiful heathland, forests and fens. You will have quite the adventure through the area of ​​the Leenderbos, where paved roads alternate with dirt paths. With a little luck you can see the heath sheep grazing the heathland. They make sure that the heath remains intact, so we can continue enjoying this beautiful area. The end of the route is right where you started, namely at the St. Benedict Abbey (Achelse Kluis) in Hamont-Achel. An ideal walk for an inexperienced hiker, but surely not without appeal to veteran hikers or nature lovers.

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Fietsknooppunt: 56
Fietsknooppunt: 56; Gebied: Heeze-Leende
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Fietsknooppunt: 36
Fietsknooppunt: 36; Gebied: Heeze-Leende
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Wandelknooppunt: 80
Wandelknooppunt: 80; Gebied: Cranendonck;
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Wandelknooppunt: 56
Wandelknooppunt: 56; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 70
Wandelknooppunt: 70; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 40
Wandelknooppunt: 40; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 05
Wandelknooppunt: 05; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 57
Wandelknooppunt: 57; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 71
Wandelknooppunt: 71; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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Wandelknooppunt: 49
Wandelknooppunt: 49; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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Wandelknooppunt: 68
Wandelknooppunt: 68; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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Wandelknooppunt: 69
Wandelknooppunt: 69; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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Wandelknooppunt: 76
Wandelknooppunt: 76; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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Wandelknooppunt: 68
Wandelknooppunt: 68; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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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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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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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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