Cycling in Nederweert, Limburg, The Netherlands
Cycling route 128198
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Weert, or Wieërt as the Limburgers call it, is "de Poort van Limburg". The place, which was granted city rights in 1414, is located on the border of North Brabant and Belgium. A large part of the route runs through the Kempen-Broek nature reserve. This area has a mysterious history of smugglers and goat riders. Now this area is the living space of snuffels, flat bellies and four spots. Kempen-Broek is limitlessly versatile.
You can't skip Nederweert on a bike ride through Weert. In the course of the fourteenth century the town separated from Weert and for the first time got its own alderman's bank and manor. In the Middle Ages Nederweert belonged to the Principality of Liège and when the Peace of Utrecht in 1713 ended the Spanish War of Succession and divided Nederweert into the Netherlands, the inhabitants were not at all happy about it. Nederweert was conquered by Napoleon in 1794, but when he fell the now appointed municipality of Nederweert was assigned to the province of Limburg, to which it still belongs.
The route runs along the Sluis 15 Hydroelectric Power Station in Roeven, a hamlet in the municipality of Nederweert. The power plant was built in 1919 by order of Rijkswaterstaat to generate electricity for Sluis 15 and the nearby service houses. The power plant was shut down in 1949, but after a facelift in 1993, the building became a national monument. In 2013, the block-shaped power plant generates green electricity.
A few hundred meters further you can visit the windmill Windlust, if you have made an appointment for this. The belt mill was built in 1872, but suffered severe damage during the Second World War. German troops set fire to the mill in 1944 and the mill remained damaged until a notary's office bought the building in 1979 and had it restored. In 1993 the repairs were completed and the mill was made ready for grinding. Since the municipality bought the mill in 2001, grain has been ground with the Windlust on a voluntary basis with one pair of grinding stones. This mill is also used as an oil hammer mill.
The second and last beautiful windmill that you can view is St. Anna in Weert. The 1911 flour mill was built with parts from the demolished Clercx mill, so that farmers from the area no longer had to travel so far to have their grain milled. The mill was also equipped with a suction gas motor, so that the work could continue when there was no wind. In 1931 the mill was named after the wife of the miller Clijsters who was called Anna and after Sint-Anna and the mill was used until the mid-twentieth century. When the mill is running, you can take a look inside how the mill has been restored and how it works with one pair of grinding stones.
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.
This hydroelectric power station was built in 1919 by order of Rijkswaterstaat to generate electrici...
This windmill was built in Nederweert in 1872. The mill has had different owners over the centuries,...
|Waterkrachtcentrale Sluis 15 (Waterkrachtcentrale, 6031RN, Nederweert, Limburg, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|Molen Windlust (Roeven, 6031 RN, Nederweert, Limburg, Nederland)||0.85 km|
|81 (Breijbaan, 6005NE, Weert, Limburg, Nederland)||6.26 km|
|43 (Ringbaan Zuid, 6006HA, Weert, Limburg, Nederland)||8.16 km|
|79 (Keenterstraat, 6006PX, Weert, Limburg, Nederland)||9.34 km|
|St. Annamolen (Keenterstraat , 6006 PW, Weert, Limburg, Nederland)||10.55 km|