Weert, or Wieërt as the Limburgers call it, is"the Gate of Limburg\\\". The place, which received city rights in 1414, is located on the border of North Brabant and Belgium. The route runs for a large part through the Kempen-Broek nature reserve. This area has a mysterious history of smugglers and goat riders. Now this area is the habitat of water sniffs, flat-bellied and four-spotted. Kempen-Broek is infinitely versatile.
When cycling through Weert, you cannot skip Nederweert. In the course of the fourteenth century, the town separated from Weert and for the first time got its own aldermen and manor. In the Middle Ages, Nederweert belonged to the Prince-Bishopric of Liège and when the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 put an end to the War of the Spanish Succession and subdivided Nederweert into the Netherlands, the inhabitants were not happy about this at all. In 1794, Nederweert was conquered by Napoleon, but when he fell, the municipality of Nederweert, which had meanwhile been named, 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 station was built in 1919 by order of Rijkswaterstaat to generate electricity for Sluis 15 and the nearby service houses. The power station was shut down in 1949, but after a refurbishment in 1993, the building became a national monument. In 2013, the block-shaped central generates green electricity.
A few hundred meters further you can visit the Windlust mill, if you have made an appointment for this. The belt mill was built in 1872, but suffered extensive damage during the Second World War. German troops set the mill on fire in 1944 and the mill remained damaged until in 1979 a notary's office bought the building and had it restored. In 1993 the repair work was completed and the mill was made ready to grind. Since the municipality bought the mill in 2001, grain has been ground voluntarily with the Windlust with one pair of millstones. This mill is also used as an oil hammer mill.
The second and last beautiful mill that you can view is the St. Anna in Weert. The flour mill from 1911 was built with parts from the demolished Clercx mill, so that farmers in the area no longer had to travel so far to have their grain milled. The mill was also equipped with a suction gas engine, so that work could continue when there was no wind. In 1931 the mill was named after the miller's wife 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 to see how the mill has been restored and does its job with one pair of grindstones.
|Waterkrachtcentrale Sluis 15 (Waterkrachtcentrale, 6031RN, Nederweert, Limburg, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|Molen Windlust (Molen Windlust, 6031 RN, Nederweert, Limburg, The Netherlands)||0.85 km|
|81 (Breijbaan, 6005NE, Weert, Limburg, The Netherlands)||6.26 km|
|43 (6006HA, Weert, Limburg, The Netherlands)||8.16 km|
|79 (Keenterstraat, 6006PX, Weert, Limburg, The Netherlands)||9.34 km|
|St. Annamolen (Sint Anna, 6006 PW, Weert, Limburg, The Netherlands)||10.55 km|
6031 EG Nederweert
Molen Windlust 14
6031 RN Nederweert
Sint Anna 1a
6006 PW Weert