Jacob van Lennep route, Part 13 (Hoogezand - Assen)

Midden-Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 1043761

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54.1 km
03:11 h
954 kcal
19 m


This route is one of the 42 stages of the Jacob van Lennep experience tour. A tour inspired by the trip that Van Lennep made in 1823 with his fellow student Van Hogendorp through the Netherlands. Click here for an overview of all stages.

About Groningen
On Saturday 28 June, Van Lennep and Van Hogendorp will leave the province of Groningen. The final verdict? Despite the threats in the Groningen inn, Van Lennep does not want to blame the students. After all, they are isolated from good examples. Moreover, they live in a province where life revolves around commerce and agriculture, so they lack the opportunity"(...) to practice fine arts and sciences\\\". Van Lennep is less lenient about the gentleman farmers. They have lived beyond their means. Now that grain prices have fallen, they should know their real place.

Drenthe Aa
Via an unnecessary detour, the hikers end up in Zuidlaren: a"delightful place\\\". They walk on, over heathland and shifting sand. After a while the landscape changes into ash trees where corn grows in abundance. In fact, they run through what we now call National Landscape Drentsche Aa. Where we find this well-preserved cultural landscape very special, Van Lennep does not say a word about it: it was normal in his time.

The travelers pass through Loon, a hamlet where Van Hogendorp had been four years earlier."So he pretended to know the way well, so we wandered around on the moor for half an hour longer than necessary\\\", says Van Lennep. You hear him sigh... Yet the young men are not faint. Although they have already covered quite a few kilometers that day, around six o'clock in the evening they take a detour over the long avenues through the Asserbos. Tormented by mosquitoes, they return after two hours. Then they write letters for three hours and go to bed at eleven.

Floor sources
-Jakob van Lennep," The summer of 1823": part 1, chap. 9; part 2, chap. 1.
-Geert Mak, The summer of 1823 as a television series : episode 4.
-Maya Schepers, The summer of 1823 as a radio series : episode 4.
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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
hoogezand-sappemeer (Watertappunt Station Hoogezand-Sappemeer, 9601BK, Midden-Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
29 (9603AK, Midden-Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands) 2.30 km
28 (9606RE, Midden-Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands) 6.78 km
25 (9606PJ, Midden-Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands) 9.80 km
52 (9473, Tynaarlo, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 11.92 km
53 (9473TE, Tynaarlo, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 13.62 km


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