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Bicycle racing route - Border Racing Round 77.8 km

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A nice circular route of 77,8 km for cyclers on both sides of Belgian-Dutch border. This route passes the places of Budel, Hamont-Achel, Saint-Huiberts Lille, Neerpelt and Vossemeren and takes you along the Beverbeekse Bergen and part of De Malpie. There are many places of interest on the way. Hamont-Achel, for example, has many beautiful sights worth seeing. The Grevenbroek Mill and the Heilige Kruisvindingskerk are but two examples of this. On this route you will cycle through a very diverse area. Part of it is even outside the De Groote Heide nature border park.

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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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Leende - Gemeente Heeze-Leende

Leende (Brabants: Lint) is a village located in northeastern Brabant, southeast of Eindhoven and in the southeast of the present province of Noord-Brabant. It belongs to the municipality of Heeze-Leende. Together with Leenderstrijp, Leende has more than 4323 inhabitants (2015). The Smile comes from the word linden (trees, forest). For centuries a residence in the middle of nature. Both in the old arms of Leende and in the new municipality of Heeze-Leende, nature is prominent.

Gemeente Heeze-Leende

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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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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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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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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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St. Jankapel

The 19th-century St. Janskapel replaces his medieval predecessor. This was taken to the 'rooms' after 1648, falling into prey to end up being finally demolished in French Time. The new chapel developed into a modest pilgrimage. Especially on Sint Jansdag (June 24) and Saint Jans's decapitation day (August 29th) many people traveled.

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5595 Leende, Netherlands

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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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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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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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Mill Zeldenrust

The mill Zeldenrust is a windmill at Burgemeester Van Houtstraat 60 in the Dutch city Budel (municipality Cranendonck). It is a round stone mill that is decorated as a grain mill. The Zeldenrust was built as a belt mill in 1869 on behalf of Jan Rooijmans, after he had never been thought of as a pioneer from the mill in favor of the owner's son. In 1898 the mill broke out and immediately recovered. The mill belt was completely demolished in the 1950s and 1960s and replaced by a masonry warehouse. The mill is operated from the roof of the warehouse.

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Mayor of Houtstraat 60, 6021 AW Budel, Netherlands

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Molen Nooitgedacht

Mill Never Thought A windmill is on the Meemortel 24 in the Dutch city of Budel (municipality of Cranendonck). It is a round stone mill which is decorated as a grain mill. Never thought, it was built as a mill in 1846, until the late 1960s. After a period of decay, the mill was raised in 1976 and the mill belt was demolished. Since then, it has never been thought of as a setting mill.

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Mayor of Ginnekenstraat 17, 6021 AH Budel, Netherlands

0495 493 502

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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 Cranendonck

The municipality of Cranendonck is where Brabant and Limburg converge, where Belgium and the Netherlands meet in a smooth transition of pure peace and relaxation, from nature to lively outdoor cafés. Cranendonk is a large municipality of De Groote Heide and covers Budel, Budel-Dorplein, Budel-Schoot, Gastel, Maarheeze and Soerendonk.

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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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Ships house

The Schepenhuis is the building where the former village administration, the former town hall of Budel, which also lasted for a long time as a repository for the archives of Maarheeze and Soerendonk. The Schepenhuis was built in 1772 to a design from 1771 of the well-known Boxtelse lansmeter, cartographer and architect Hendrik Verhees. Almost two centuries, until 1966, the shipyard served as a town hall.

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Markt 28, 6021 CE Budel, Netherlands

0495 495 174

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Our Lady's Visitation Church

The OLV Visitatiekerk is a church in the center of the northern Brabant city of Budel. Already between 700 and 800 n. Chr. Budel has already been a wooden missionary church. In the centuries that followed, the church was burned, plundered, built up, rebuilt and more. The church was designed by architect Caspar Franssen. The OLV Visitation Church has stained-glass windows and a triple-trick on the altar with a shine of OLV Visitation. The church is a national monument.

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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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The Wild Rose

Because there was no real club building in 1986, they decided to build a hive. A beautiful drawing garden was also built at this building, with a wide variety of breeding plants. The garden was given an appropriate name: The Immenhof. Imme (n) is an old name for bees people. With the willow rose in Budel you can enjoy bees, the garden and other insects. The address is Broekkant 83 Budel.

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Broekkant 83, 6021 CV Budel, Netherlands

0495 491 552

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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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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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Cranendonck Castle

Cranendonck Castle is situated in the Barony of Cranendonck, near Soerendonk. The castle was built around 1250. In 1673 it was largely destroyed by the French. The farm that was next to the castle was demolished in 1899 and replaced by a villa: the current castle. At the beginning of the last century, the above-ground parts of the old castle were removed. In 2008, the contours of the old castle were marked in the field.

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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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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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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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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.

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Woetz Cranendonck

In the beautiful forest area in Soerendonk is catering company Woetz. Here you can equip yourself if you have cycled or walked in the Soerendonks Goor or in the surrounding area of ​​Cranendonck. On the sunny terrace you can enjoy the peace, a bite and a drink.

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Strijperdijk 9, 6027 RD Soerendonk, Netherlands

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06 51180817

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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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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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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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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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Café de Hospes

Café de Hospes is a bicycle café where many cycling routes start. Here you can also go by car before you leave. From here you are near the Achelse Kluis, Castle Cranendonck and the Leenderbos. So there is plenty of choice between routes. The address is Strijperdijk 46 in Leende.

Strijperstraat 46, 5595 GD Leende, Netherlands

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040 206 1288

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The Boned Os

At the Bonte Os in Budel you can enjoy a nice drink, snack and extensive dining. There is a large terrace where the sun shines all day long. In Budel you are close to the Belgian-Dutch border and you are fast at the Achelse Kluis.

Doctor Ant. Mathijsenstraat 12, 6021 CL Budel, Netherlands

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0495 491 341

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Café Restaurant De Ark

The restaurant is located in Maarheeze and has a large outdoor terrace in summer. The Ark is located in an old farm dating back to 1697. From Maarheeze, you can find different sides to experience De Groote Heide.

Stationsstraat 75, 6026 CT Maarheeze, Netherlands

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0495 593 380

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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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Manege de Molenberg

Manege The Molenberg is easily accessible and traditionally known for its beautiful location. Beautifully situated on the Leenderbossen, De Molenberg offers many hippies. From the equestrian center, 80 km of rider paths extend beyond the boundary with our southern neighbors. For horse riding and / or pony riding or participating in various activities you are welcome. Of course you can always have a cup of coffee in our restaurant.

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Valkenswaardseweg 29C, 5595 XB Leende, Netherlands

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06 21871317

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Manege de Boschhoeve

Manege de Boschhoeve has been the ideal place for activities and holidays on horseback since 1988. They organize wonderful riding holidays in a unique nature area. In this nature reserve, there are extensive riding and walking routes, which form part of a cross-border network. Manege de Boschhoeve has a lot more to offer. Check out the offer on the website.

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Bospad 2, 6027 RH Soerendonk, Netherlands

0495 592 356

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Castle Cranendonck

Castle Cranendonck is a large and natural campsite with a part of the water. The campsite is located in De Groote heide and is a short distance from De Kempen, two beautiful nature areas located in the border region of the Netherlands and Belgium. The vast forests and heath are a delight for the eye. The campsite is located at Strijperdijk 9 in Soerendonk.

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Strijperdijk 9, 6027 RD Soerendonk, Netherlands

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0495 591 652

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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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Camping Small France

Camping Klein France is located in the south of the Netherlands close to the Belgian border. The Leenderbos Groote Heide is a stone's throw away and a trip to these beautiful areas is definitely worth the effort. The campsite is located at Kapelstraat 20 in Leende.

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Kapelstraat 20, 5595 GK Leende, Netherlands

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06 12927798

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Camping Het Wilgenhof

Cozy hosts and customer friendliness have been a priority since the company's start. Camping Wilgenhof is located in the friendly town of Hamont. In addition to the nice city, the area offers a lot of beauty. The cozy family campsite is located on Lozenweg 95.

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Lozenweg 95, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium

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011 44 81 22

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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

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0493 326 977

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Camping de Paal

Camping de Paal in Bergeijk is a few kilometers from De Groote Heide. At the campsite there is a lot to experience for young and old. De Paal is very close to De Malpie and a trip to here is more than worth the effort. The Camping is located at the Paaldreef 14 in Bergeijk.

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De Paaldreef 14, 5571 TN Bergeijk, Netherlands

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0497 571 977

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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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Center Parcs De Vossemeren

Center Parcs De Vossemeren is a beautiful park in Belgium close to the Dutch border. From De Vossemeren you have the opportunity to do different activities. For example, you can visit Plateaux Hageven, the Klankenbos, play forest Boseind ​​and Speelbos Kolisbos. The park is also close to Neerpelt and Hamont-Achel, where many historical monuments can be seen. The address is Elzen 145 in Lommel.

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Elzen 145, 3920 Lommel, Belgium

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011 54 82 00

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Vakantiepark Weerterbergen

Holiday park Weerterbergen in the locality Weert. The park is on the southeast side outside De Groote Heide. Here you are near the municipality of Cranendonck and Hamont-Achel. In both municipalities you can endlessly enjoy nature, attractions and nice terraces. Vakantiepark Weerterbergen is a complete and versatile family park located on the Trancheeweg 7 in Weert.

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La Marquise Chambres d'hôtel de Luxe

La Marquise Chambres d'hôtel de Luxe is a luxury small five-room hotel. The Budel B & B offers many opportunities to enjoy nature and historical buildings. There are various mills in the area and nearby Cranendonck Castle is worth a visit. The address is Meermortel 43A in Budel.

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Meemortel 43, 6021 AD Budel, Netherlands

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0495 496 470

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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 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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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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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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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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Camping St. Jorishoeve Strength

Camping St. Joris Hoeve is located in the beautiful Sterksel on the eastern canal of Groote Heide. It is a camping site with cabins and bungalows. You are in the middle of nature and there are plenty of possibilities for walking and cycling. The address is Pandijk 12 Sterksel.

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Pandijk 12, 6029 PA Sterksel, Netherlands

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040 226 4731

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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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Nature campsite Staatsbosbeheer Leenderbos

Leenderbos Forestry, on the Belgian border, is an alternate nature area with beautiful friends, sandy sprays and vast forests. Due to the variety in the landscape there are many rare plants and animals. Nearby you will find other nature areas, such as the Strabrechtse Heide. At the brothers of the Achelse Kluis abbey you can drink a self-trappist. Children play on the playground or in the forest and heathland.

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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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Camping de Zandberg

SVR camping "De Zandberg" is located in the core Leenderstrijp (municipality of Heeze-Leende), 10 kilometers south of Eindhoven in the province of North Brabant. The campsite is located on the edge of the "Leenderbos", an area of ​​2,380 hectares. Large nature area, with plenty of tranquility, space and a beautiful view in the same area: "The Zandberg".

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Strijperstraat 73A, 5595 GB Leende, Netherlands

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040 206 1357

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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

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06 51867302

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Recreation Riestenblik

Recreation Riestenblik is located in a wooded area with beautiful natural beauty. Just outside the picturesque village of Leender-Strijp, the Riestenblik radiates comfort and tranquility.

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Paaldijk 7, 5595 XL Leende, Netherlands

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040 206 5175

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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

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06 23909030

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