After the Veluwe, National Park Drents - Friese Wold is the largest continuous forest area in the Netherlands, but the area does not only consist of trees. Heathland, shifting sand areas, fens and peat bogs are just a few of the many landscape features you will encounter here. There is a lot of variation in flora and fauna. On the wettest parts of the moors are heather, peat fluff, the wonderfully fragrant gale, gentian bluebell and the lovely lily species yellow spurge. The carnivorous little sundew grows along the edges of sodden fens, which catches small insects with its sticky leaves. Dozens of bird species breed on the heath, including stonechat, curlew and woodlark, but because the area is also covered by trees, many forest birds can also be seen. In addition, meadow birds and marsh birds are also attracted by the wet area and the type of vegetation. Not only birds live here in healthy populations. Also deer, hares, rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels and mice have a great time. Also special is the presence of the very rare pine marten, which likes to hide among the rich deciduous forests. Other formidable hunters that prey on the smaller mammals are foxes, stoats and polecats. You also depart from Stichting Talant Handelsond, a supermarket in Oldeberkoop, where you can park your car. Buy something in the supermarket to nibble or drink for the road, because it is wonderful to take a break in the nature of the park and listen to the wind stirring the bushes, the scurrying of small animals in the trees or the buzz of insects on the moor. While you try to bring home the many bird species, you can sink your teeth into a thirst-quenching apple or gain energy with a cheese sandwich. You cycle in the direction of the National Park and north of Elsloo you come to windmill Vesuvius. The tjasker is also called"Stobbepoel\\\", because it stands in a pool, as it were. This mill was built at the end of the 19th century and was rediscovered in 1978. It was subsequently restored by the Vesuvius Club. In winter, the blades of this mill are removed and stored safely. The rest of the mill remains in the pool. The next point of interest on the route is a belfry with a bell that is probably the oldest church bell in northwestern Europe. It could be that this clock is still a remnant of a monastery that according to the stories would have stood nearby. Whether that monastery actually existed remains a mystery. Another historic belfry is the chair that was built to carry the bell of the Trefkerk. The Trefkerk, a church that previously stood here, replaced an older church from 1869. In the tower of that old church hung a bell from 1435, cast by J. van Bomen, with a diameter of 88.1 cm. The tower could no longer bear the weight of the clock and was therefore demolished in 1844. Around that year the belfry was built in which this clock was hung. This bell has not been ringing since 1984 due to its very poor condition. In 1986 the belfry was put back into use after a renovation. You pass through a densely vegetated area and you will see a sheepfold in the Drents Fries Wold National Park. Since 2002, the herd of sheep that is housed here grazes the heathland of the Doldersummer and Wapserveld. The sheep traditionally lend a hand to manage the heath in the Drents-Friese Wold. The sheepfold with information shed about the work the shepherd does can be found on the Heunderweg, in Doldersum. In Boijl you can see the last point of interest of the route. The belfry that belongs to the reformed village church of Boijl was built around 1600, but the towerless church dates back to the 13th century. In the church is a bell cast in 1339. The clock in the belfry, named Martinus, is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. Back at the car, you can do your shopping for dinner at the supermarket. After such a day in nature, nothing is nicer than enjoying a dinner in your own living room at your own dining area, which you have prepared in your own kitchen. You can then enjoy your cup of coffee curled up on the couch.
|# ||Description ||Distance |
|30 (Boekelterweg, 8392TT, Weststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands) ||0.00 km |
|36 (8424SK, Ooststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands) ||4.36 km |
| ||Vesuvius (IJsclub De Oefening, 8424SL, Ooststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands) ||5.09 km |
|34 (8423VJ, Ooststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands) ||5.91 km |
|81 (8425SK, Ooststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands) ||8.65 km |
| ||Klokkenstoel (8425SJ, Ooststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands) ||9.31 km |