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Hiking - Leenderstrijp-Achelse Kluis 13.3 km

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This circle hike takes you through the beautiful Leenderbos and attractive woodlands, heathlands and fens to the Achelse Kluis, and continues through farmlands, meadows and along a beautiful stream back to the starting point.

From the start in Leenderstrijp a short walk through the village leads to the nature reserve. Via a narrow dirt road through the forest you will reach the first heathfield with fens. Your journey continues over sand trails through forests, vast heathlands and many fens to a meadow with Highland cattle and a striking watchtower.
Soon after you will arrive at the Achelse Kluis abbey. Here you will find a brewery, shops, exhibitions and a restaurant. The outdoor terrace makes for a welcome stop to enjoy a trappist beer or other drink, as well as a bite to eat.
The route then continues through beautiful nature with vast heathfields. Somewhat later the trail takes you to a grassy path along a small stream. Both to your left and right will be meadows with dozens of horses. During this part of the trail you need to cross a fencing wire twice. The walk continues along the creek back to the starting point.
Near the end point cyclist and hiker café de Hospes serves food and drinks.

You can start the walk in 2 places:
1 - At the car park in Leenderstrijp, Strijperstraat 51a; or
2 - At the parking lot at de Achelse Kluis nature gateway, Petrus van Eijnattenlaan, Leende.

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Fietsknooppunt: 55
Fietsknooppunt: 55; Gebied: Heeze-Leende
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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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Fietsknooppunt: 54
Fietsknooppunt: 54; Gebied: Heeze-Leende
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Wandelknooppunt: 89
Wandelknooppunt: 89; Gebied: Cranendonck;
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Wandelknooppunt: 56
Wandelknooppunt: 56; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 54
Wandelknooppunt: 54; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 70; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 40; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 41; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 59; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 42; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 50; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 58
Wandelknooppunt: 58; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 05
Wandelknooppunt: 05; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 04; Gebied: Heeze-Leende;
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Wandelknooppunt: 51
Wandelknooppunt: 51; 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; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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Wandelknooppunt: 68; Gebied: Valkenswaard;
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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.

More about sheep on the Great Heath>

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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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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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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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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

Beoordeling:

040 206 1288

Bezoek website

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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 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

Beoordeling:

040 206 1357

Bezoek website

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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.

More information

Strijperstraat 77, 5595 GB Leende, Netherlands

Beoordeling:

06 51867302

Bezoek website

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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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