Ansen through the Dwingelderveld National Park

Cycling in De Wolden, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Cycling route 121904

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18338 359
42.8 km
02:31 h
754 kcal
26 m
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Description

Imagine yourself far from civilization between the rolling moors, more than sixty lakes and fens, drifting sands and forests in the largest wet heath area in Western Europe. National Park Dwingelderveld is unique in size and special in terms of flora and fauna. In addition to typical heather plants, common heather, bell heather, crow heather and sundew, you will encounter the rare brimstone and blue-belled gentian. They are surrounded by almost three hundred different bird species, many of which also breed in the area. Butterflies flutter from one flowering shrub to the next and it is therefore the last place in the Netherlands where the very rare peat butterflies still occur. Almost all Dutch reptiles are represented on the wet heathland and the adder, the smooth snake and the grass snake are no exception, while skittish roe deer hide between the trees. You can also encounter more domesticated animals, because there are herds of heath sheep walking around. The route starts at the Groene Hof. In the tearoom you can enjoy and get acquainted with many healthy and tasty herbal teas, which are grown in our own garden. Of course there are also soft drinks available for guests who do not like tea. When you're ready to go, cycle west. After a few kilometers the beautiful view of the Zaandplatte mill presents itself. This octagonal belt mill was built in 1964 and is therefore very young compared to most other Dutch windmills. The mill was declared a national monument in 1992 and was therefore eligible for subsidy. With this money the mill could be refurbished and so it was completely restored in 1995/1996. The mill grinds grain on a voluntary basis and can be visited on Saturdays. You enjoy more than thirty kilometers of nature before the former manor Oldengaerde looms up near Dwingeloo. The first mention of the estate dates from 1420. In 1717 the manor was radically renovated and the building is given a new facade. The second house was also built around this time. Around the houses is a beautiful garden, which is designed after the garden of Versailles. This will take you back to De Groene Hof. You can relax here with a cup of tea or something fresh. In the shop at De Groene Hof you can buy herbs grown in their own herb garden. You can make delicious, fragrant tea from these herbs at home, so don't forget to take a look inside.
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Directions

# Description Distance
De Groene Hof (7964KP, De Wolden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
55
55 (7964KP, De Wolden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 0.21 km
56
56 (7964KE, Westerveld, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 2.89 km
57
57 (7963RA, Westerveld, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 5.47 km
Zaandplatte (De Zaandplatte, 7963PW, De Wolden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 7.51 km
54
54 (7963PW, De Wolden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 7.80 km

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  • De Wolden, Drenthe
  • Westerveld, Drenthe
  • Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe
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