The hinterland of Maaseik

Cycling in Kinrooi, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route 137153

Provided by: Groots Genieten

3034 66
53.1 km
03:07 h
936 kcal
43 m
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Description

Kessenich borders the Maas, one of the largest rivers that flows through our country. It used to be an important shipping route, although it was sometimes difficult to navigate the Meuse. This problem worsened because in 1843 our southern neighbors built the Bocholt-Herentals canal and tapped water from the Maas to irrigate barren Kempen soils. Despite the fact that a treaty was concluded in 1863 to solve this problem for the Netherlands, hard work was done from 1915 to increase the water supply of the Meuse by building weirs, canals and cutting Meuse bends. Because the height of the water is highly dependent on rainfall, the water is meters high in winter, while the river is almost dry in summer.

And that environment is beautiful. The Maas has shaped the landscape and the river itself has many faces. Under a radiant sun, the river looks rustic, but when the weather is not so good, the Maas changes into a swirling mass of water. Beautiful lakes, swamps, flowery grasslands and capricious forests on the banks are grazed by Konik horses and Galloway cattle. The area is used for gravel extraction and so many peat paths and gravel ridges have been created that are wonderful to explore.

Cycle to the Armenmolen, one of the few remaining watermills that still stands on the Ittersebeek. The Armenmolen is a water mill that was used to grind grain. The underslag watermill was built in 1686 to give poorer people the opportunity to grind their grain. The mill performed its function until 1950. The outside still looks authentic, but the Armenmolen is now used as a home.

From the Armenmolen you cycle to Ter Motten Castle. This beautiful castle stands on the spot where another castle or motte probably once stood. The current baroque castle was built in 1725. When the Rijksweg was built in 1812, the accompanying park was divided in two. In 1932, another wing was added to the rear facade. The interior contains several eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fireplaces. Some contain Delft blue tiles.

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.

Directions

# Description Distance
14
14 (3640, Kinrooi, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
198
198 (Hoverstraat, 3640, Kinrooi, Flanders, Belgium) 5.06 km
18
18 (Hubensstraat, 3640, Kinrooi, Flanders, Belgium) 6.61 km
19
19 (Dolenweg, 3640, Kinrooi, Flanders, Belgium) 8.13 km
20
20 (3640, Kinrooi, Flanders, Belgium) 10.21 km
Armenmolen (Molenstraat, 6015 AC, Leudal, Limburg, The Netherlands) 10.84 km

Place name directory

  • Kinrooi, Flanders
  • Leudal, Limburg
  • Maaseik, Flanders
  • Dilsen-Stokkem, Flanders
  • Bree, Flanders
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