The beautiful Savelsbos, which consists of the sub-forests Eijsderbos, RijkHOLterbos, the Riesenberg and the original Savelsbos, has been set up as a nature reserve.
Here, slippery elms, beeches and maples soar high to the sky and pedunculate oaks and horse chestnuts sway stately in the wind. The onion-like plant of wild garlic blooms can be found en masse in eroding places and almond spurge also grows under the trees. Predators such as stoats and polecats prey on the acorn mouse, but the pine marten also searches for its prey in the narrow belt of sloped forests. The green woodpecker and the wryneck drum enthusiastically on the trees. They are just two of the more than seventy bird species that like to visit the Savelsbos. You will notice narrow, steep dry valleys as you cycle through the forest and you will see terraces that refer to viticulture from Roman times.
The Veursbos is also beautiful, a field rush and beech forest, which is located east of the Belgian town of Veurs. The forest is partly a sloped forest, so be prepared for a steep climb and the reward of no more pedaling when you get to lower ground. The trees grow here on nutrient-poor, loamy and stony soil. Deciduous trees rise high to the sky and dwarf shrubs stay a little closer to the ground. It is a rare type of forest in the Netherlands and in Flanders, because the trees can only grow well when the climate is cool and humid. Herbs are common. Especially the white field rush and the medlar, plant lovers will recognize in the vegetation, in addition to the natural beech trees and pedunculate oaks.
Then you cycle on to the Oude Molen. This watermill is also located on the Geul and runs on turbine power. The mill was built in 1860 and later rebuilt in 1902 after the mill burned down. The mill was used as a flour mill and to generate electricity. The mill is now used as a residence.
Watermill de Kruitmolen also uses the water of the river Geul. In 1820 permission was granted for the foundation and construction of the Kruitmolen. Initially gunpowder was produced with this water mill, which explains the name of the mill. Later, the mill was set up as a paper mill and later still electricity was generated with the mill. This national monument is also in the top 100 of the Dutch UNESCO monuments.
Then you come to Chateau Sint Gerlach. This complex was built in the twelfth century as a monastery. In 1574, during the Eighty Years' War, Louis of Nassau destroyed the monastery during a campaign against the Spaniards. In 1661 the monastery came into Spanish hands, after which it only became Dutch property again in 1786. It was not until the nineteenth century that the monastery was converted into a castle and during the Second World War the castle was occupied by the Germans, while after the liberation it housed American soldiers. In 1994 the castle was bought by the current owner, who immediately had it restored.
After this you cycle on to the Geulhemermolen, a medium stroke mill built in 1244 that was used to grind corn. In 1588 the mill was leased for three barrels of good rye per week for a period of three years. A contract from 1632 shows that the lease price was ultimately no longer paid in kind but with money, namely one hundred Rijksdaalders in installments of six months. Since then, the mill has been regularly sold, bought back and even exchanged.
The hamlet of Sint-Anthoniusbank, which consists of about 40 houses, is very pleasant. Many historical elements can be found in the hamlet, if you know where to look. Despite the small scale, you can find two closed square farms, but also a monumental farm that, despite its nineteenth-century construction, dates from the seventeenth century, a former monastery in which apartments have been made and an old farm with remains of a square tower and a covered well. . Until 1827 the hamlet belonged to the municipality of Heer en Keer, but after that it became the municipality of Cadier en Keer. In 1982, Cadier en Keer municipality came under the municipality of Margraten, which merged with Eijsden in 2011.
The last historic castle complex that you can visit is in Mheer and bears the same name. Four wings and a small, U-shaped nederhof are accessible via a footbridge over a dry moat. The west wing is the oldest part of the castle; this part of the castle was built in the early fourteenth century. At the end of the same century, the north wing was built and the east wing, with a robust round tower, dates from the fifteenth century. Incidentally, the tower was built on foundations from the late eleventh century. The south wing was built around 1570 and the current castle was complete. What is special is that Mheer Castle is the only castle in the Netherlands with a pitch nose.
The route starts and ends at Hoeve de Witte Olifant Noorbeek. Located close to the romantic village square where age-old traditions are revived and also adjacent to the nature reserves of the Noorbeemden and estate"Althenbrouck\\\". They have 8 comfortable holiday homes, including an idyllic'cottage\\\'. Enjoy here after your cycling route and completely relax, so that you can cycle the 2nd route the next day 136602. Hoeve de Witte Olifant Noorbeek is an official free charging point with picnic area.
|Hoeve de Witte Olifant Noorbeek (Kempestraat, 6255 AC, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|81 (6261NA, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||2.13 km|
|82 (6262NM, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||3.74 km|
|71 (6269NB, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||6.12 km|
|70 (Pastoor Brouwersstraat, 6269BP, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||7.88 km|
|69 (Scheulderdorpsstraat, 6307PD, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||9.82 km|
6255 AC Eijsden-Margraten