The Vrachelse Heide and De Moeren

Cycling in Oosterhout, North Brabant, The Netherlands

Cycling route 115574

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9881 252
25.4 km
01:29 h
447 kcal
11 m
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In the municipality of Oosterhout, there is a former heathland and shifting sand area of 149 ha, which nowadays is mainly planted with Scots pine. There are still remnants of the heath and shifting sands area, but they can be found mainly in the eastern part of the area. More mixed forest has also been planted there. In order to limit the drifting sand area, farmers used to grow oak thickets here as well. Rare plant and animal species hide among the trees: harebell and heather purry emerge among coarser trees and shrubs, while the colonies of red wood ant and ant lion do their hard work in the sandy soil. The area attracts birds such as the green and black woodpeckers, but also birds of prey such as the wood falcon, hawk and various species of owls hunt smaller rodents from the trees that forage among the leaves on the ground. You can park your car at restaurant Het Pannekoeckershuys. If you are still hungry, you can have a bite to eat or drink here, while you study the map and the route one more time before exploring the area. This route leads you through nature to the Spinolaschans, which is also known as the Grote Schans. The original castle was built in 1624-1625, but was also used during the siege of Breda. Until 1952 the Spinolaschans, because of its favorable location on the river Mark, served as an extremely good defense structure, but after that time it was demilitarized. In 2007, a number of pools were created on the west and north sides of the former military complex, as an ecological connecting zone between the polder and the surrounding nature reserve. When you have cycled back in via Oosterhout from the north side and you arrive at Koeckers Pannenkoekenrestaurant via this side, you can enjoy a delicious, traditional pancake here. The attractively decorated themed rooms give eating a pancake a whole other dimension!
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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
Koeckers Pannenkoekenhuis (Ruiterspoor, 4911 BA, Oosterhout, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
92 (4911BW, Oosterhout, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.26 km
91 (Bredaseweg, 4904SC, Oosterhout, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.98 km
78 (4826DG, Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 9.17 km
79 (4826AB, Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 10.41 km
77 (4825BP, Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 11.58 km

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  • Oosterhout, North Brabant
  • Breda, North Brabant
  • Drimmelen, North Brabant
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