The Barony of Breda

Hoogstraten, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 136791

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51.5 km
03:01 h
907 kcal
26 m

Description

A rugged nature reserve with sand drifts and wet heathland, where you can now see many Scots pines. Fens were drained and grasslands were created where areas were too wet. In the varied nature of the Chaamse Bossen, plants grow that thrive on relatively acidic soil and floral herbs and grassy plants are scattered here and there between the trees. Many different bird species can be found in the treetops: the yellowhammer, the nightjar, the woodlark, the collared redstart and the tree pipit are just a few of the many songbirds that live in the area. Birds of prey also feel at home there. Buzzard, sparrowhawk, hawk, kestrel and honey buzzard hunt over the grasslands, which are inhabited by teal, tufted duck and black-necked grebe. The fin-legged and alpine newts also seek out the moist ground, but deer prefer to remain hidden: they graze between the trees. The adjacent St. Annabos is part of the Ulvenhout forests and was constructed in the sixteenth century. The forest was managed for hunting and, like the Mastbos, for timber yield. Both forests are extremely valuable and can be seen as natural museum pieces. Between the centuries-old trees you will find impressive avenues, beautiful vistas and lovely fens. But this tour, which starts at the Zeraam near the Fathers in Meersel, also has cultural-historical values. You will pass the Fusillade Monument Breda, which consists of a stone on which a plaque is attached. It states that eleven resistance fighters were executed close to the monument. Their names are engraved on the plaque. The historic country estate of Bouvigne will undoubtedly also make a big impression on you. This beautiful summer residence of prominent nobles from the past consists of a fairytale castle surrounded by three special gardens and an orchard. The estate dates from the fifteenth century and the gardens are worth a visit. Beautifully laid out you will find designs from France, England and Germany. The orchard has also been restored and has been artistically landscaped. When you return to De Zeraam"Bij De Paters\\\", the cozy tavern in Meersel-Dreef, you can order the tastiest sandwiches and refreshing drinks. It is nice to eat something before leaving, but after the exertion of the bike ride it is wonderful to relax on the terrace. Children can have fun in the playground while you enjoy a delicious home-brewed beer from local brewer Den Drevenier.
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Directions

# Description Distance
De Zevenster "Bij de Paters" (Dreef, 2328, Hoogstraten, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
43
43 (4855AG, Alphen-Chaam, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 1.15 km
41
41 (4855AA, Alphen-Chaam, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.52 km
41
41 (Daesdonckseweg, 4856AJ, Alphen-Chaam, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.72 km
36
36 (Reeptiend, 4836AT, Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 7.77 km
36
36 (Reeptiend, 4836AV, Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 7.89 km

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