Stokrooie, Houthalen and Kolveren

Heusden-Zolder, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 131077

based on 1 reviews

Provided by: Groots Genieten

52.2 km
03:04 h
920 kcal
87 m


Houthalen is a village in the middle of the Kempen just north of Hasselt. Some archaeological finds have been made in the area over the years and the village itself has a rich history. The parish of Houthalen probably existed before 1223, making it one of the oldest in the area. In the Middle Ages the village belonged to the domain of the Counts of Loon. In the area there is mainly agricultural land and a beautiful old coal mine from 1938. This route leads you past the beautiful Kolveren nature reserve, which is located just north of Zonhoven and is part of the Laambeek Valley.
It is an area with small water plots, forests, fields and pasture, separated by hedgerows. There are a number of beautiful plants growing in the area such as the common Solomon's seal, lily of the valley, valley herb and wood anemone. The area is 30 hectares and is managed by the Limburgs Landschap VZW. The name comes from ditsekolf, a common name for the cattail. During your tour you will come across Herkenrode Abbey, an imposing abbey whose construction started around 1179. In 1217, Herkenrode became the first women's abbey of the Cistercian order in the Netherlands. The abbey grew into a popular place of pilgrimage and enjoyed a period of great prosperity until the French Revolution. In 1796 the sisters were forced to leave and in 1820 the abbey church, the cloister and a large part of the original buildings disappeared due to fire and demolition. Nowadays you will find an experience center, a shop and an incredibly beautiful inspiration garden at the Herkenrode Abbey. 
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# Description Distance
302 (3550, Heusden-Zolder, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
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