Gaalsche Heide through Zeeland, Schaik and Reek

Cycling in Zeeland, North Brabant, The Netherlands

Cycling route 115872

Provided by: Groots Genieten

5205 115
27.1 km
01:35 h
476 kcal
22 m
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Description

Accompanied by the sound of military training in the distance on the Reekse Heide, you cycle over the Gaalse Heide along the Mineurberg. The area mainly contains many conifers and American oaks that have been planted on the former heathland. Many archaeological finds have been made on the Gaalse Heide. For example, a burial field from the years 75-125 AD was found, but native drinking cups and a rubbing stone were also excavated. The Mineursberg, a nature reserve of approximately 80 hectares, was only opened in 2006. Like the Reekse Heide, this area was also used as a military training ground, until it was eventually transformed into a nature and recreation area. The source in the Mineursberg is a special element in the former dry heathland area with drifting sand plains. The starting point of the route is the cozy bicycle restaurant Hap en Stap. Here you can enjoy a delicious snack before you get on your bike, or when you need to get new energy after a bike ride. You can also charge your bicycle here at one of the electric charging points, while you sit down for the typical Dutch croquette sandwich or a more extensive meat dish. These meals naturally cycle well, especially when combined with a refreshing drink. Bicycle discount pass holders receive a 10% discount on the bill on presentation of their card, before they get back on their bike to continue their journey. Almost next to Hap en Stap is the Coppens mill, the first sight on our route. The mill is a bell mill and top porter. Driven by wind power, he probably ground grain from 1883. When the mill was built, many parts of a post mill that previously stood at this location found a new use in the Coppensmolen. The mill, which underwent restorations in 1983 and 2008, contains two pairs of seventeenth-century artificial stones, which are still used to grind grain on a voluntary basis. Five kilometers away is a white belt mill from 1832: De Hellemolen. The post mill that previously stood on this site burned out and De Hellemolen was built to replace this mill. Not only did the mill grind grain, but it also housed a restaurant and cafe. As a result, the mill fell into disrepair; the entire interior except for the top wheel was removed, so that the mill could no longer turn. Windmill De Onderneming in Schaijk is no longer in perfect condition. The wind-powered belt mill was built in 1888 and milled grain until 1947. After that, the mill was set up as a silo. The mill was restored in the 1990s, so that it once again looked like a mill in good working order. Appearances can be deceiving, however, De Onderneming is furnished as a home and can no longer run. With the Never Gedacht windmill (hull/remainder), also known as the Klein Gaal Windmill, the situation is worse. The mill, once recognizable as a ground sailor, has been reduced to ruins. The flour mill dates from 1858, but was dismantled in 1961. Only the hull is still recognizable as part of what was once a mill. Before you can indulge in a tasty snack and a thirst quencher at Hap en Stap, you pass the De Dageraad windmill. This belt mill from 1832 is in good condition compared to the last two mills. The top porter still grinds grain by wind force, as in the past, with the aid of a couple of seventeenth-century artificial stones. Volunteers keep the mill in operation and anyone who is curious about how it works can visit the mill on Saturday mornings.
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Directions

# Description Distance
Kerkstraat, 5411BK, Zeeland, North Brabant, The Netherlands 0.00 km
Coppens Molen (5411CN, Zeeland, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.83 km
37
37 (Kreitsberg, 5411RH, Zeeland, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 2.21 km
De Hellemolen (5375KB, Landerd, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 5.14 km
28
28 (5375KV, Landerd, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 5.68 km
30
30 (North Brabant, The Netherlands) 6.92 km

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  • Zeeland, North Brabant
  • Landerd, North Brabant
  • North Brabant
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