The front part of the Achterhoek

Oude IJsselstreek - Gelderland - The Netherlands

Cycling route 137319

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6599 96
27.55 km
01:37
485 kcal
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Description

On this route you will explore Doetinchem and the nature reserve to the east of this city in the Achterhoek. You cycle through the typical bocage landscape of this region. You also drive between Doetinchem and Terborg along the Oude IJssel. This watercourse was once a tributary of the Rhine. The Oude IJssel rises in Germany and then flows via, among other things, Doetinchem to Doesburg, where it flows into the IJssel. In the regional language of the Achterhoek, Low Saxon, the river is called the Olde Iessel. The Dutch iron industry arose along the Oude IJssel at the end of the seventeenth century. Here, a few meters underground, ore was mined and used as raw material in local iron foundries. You cycle through the village of Gaanderen, where Josias Olmius built the first Dutch blast furnace, an iron mill, at the end of the seventeenth century. He produced bombs, hand grenades and bullets, among other things. You will also drive over the ancient Slangeburg Estate, which includes the castle of the same name. The nearly 600 hectare site traditionally consisted of wet heathland and forests, but was largely reclaimed by order of the lord of the castle and general Frederik Johan van Baer (1645-1713). Van Baer designed the avenue system that is still in the shape of a trapezoid on the estate. Along these avenues are ancient beech trees that are home to bats and pine martens. Between 1895 and 1945 the castle was owned by the German Passmann family. After the Second World War, it came into the hands of the Dutch state as enemy property. Staatsbosbeheer is'vernatten\\\' again to restore the estate to its former state. Today the castle serves as the guest house of the Benedictine St. Willibrord's Abbey, which was built on the estate after the Second World War. Guided tours are given. In cozy Doetinchem you will cycle past De Walmolen, a rampart and scaffolding mill dating from 1851. It is one of the few surviving monuments in this city, which was founded in the Middle Ages. A large city fire in 1527 reduced the center to ashes. A mistake by the Allies - they thought they were bombing the German city of Isselburg in 1945 - wiped out almost the entire city center. The start and end point of the route are at Hotel Restaurant De Roode Leeuw in Terborg, an industrial town east of Doetinchem. You can enjoy a cup of coffee on the terrace, a drink with snacks or an extensive dinner in the atmospheric restaurant. In the authentic warmly decorated hotel restaurant you can completely relax with a comfortable overnight stay. You can leave your bicycle in the guarded shed to further explore the area on foot. You can also book a golf package here.
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