Tour of Great Heide

Hamont-Achel, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 128202

Provided by: Groots Genieten

26.0 km
01:31 h
458 kcal
42 m


In the north of the municipality of Neerpelt, in the Belgian province of Limburg, Grote Heide is a picturesque church village. The attractive value of the town, no more than a hamlet, will take you by surprise. For example, the picturesque river Dommel flows through the valley of Grote Heide and there is an extensive pine forest in which villas are hidden. In the village itself, the Virgin of the Poor Church and a curious road cross from 1947 are beautiful sights. From the starting point of the route at Mooi Achel Bed and Breakfast, you cycle towards the border with the Netherlands. When you have crossed it, you will come across the Sint Antonius Abt windmill in Borkel en Schaft, which has been in Borkel en Schaft since 1865. The stone upper porter is a belt mill where rye and buckwheat were ground. During the Second World War, part of the mill was used as a field hospital, but after the war the mill was fully used to fulfill its old function. A botanical garden has been created next to the mill, containing traditional Kempen farm herbs and vegetables. A kilometer before you cycle back to Belgian territory, you will see two sights that are both related to the Second World War. The first is the Gate of Liberation monument, which commemorates the ushering in the liberation. The second is a listening point of the Liberation Route, where you can listen to a fragment about what happened here towards the end of the Second World War. It is one of the 75 places where impressive experiences of civilians and soldiers are kept alive with the help of field boulders, which mark the point where these stories took place. L101: Ambushed tells of the events that unfolded after British tanks drive into an ambush after crossing the border.
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# Description Distance
218 (Heikant, 3930, Hamont-Achel, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
219 (3930, Hamont-Achel, Flanders, Belgium) 1.18 km
33 (Dorpsstraat, 5556VL, Valkenswaard, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.15 km
32 (5556VR, Valkenswaard, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.72 km
31 (5556WZ, Valkenswaard, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.10 km
St. Antonius Abt (5556WP, Valkenswaard, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.28 km


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