The front part of the Achterhoek

Oude IJsselstreek, Gelderland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 137319

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27.6 km
01:37 h
485 kcal
22 m


On this route you 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 branch of the Rhine. The Oude IJssel rises in Germany and then flows via 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. Iron ore was mined here a few meters underground and used as a 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 across the ancient Slangeburg estate, which includes the castle of the same name. The almost 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 form of a trapezium on the estate. Along these avenues are ancient beech trees in which bats and pine martens live. 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'rewetting\\\' the estate again to bring it back to its original state. The castle now serves as a guest house for the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Willibrord, which was built on the estate after the Second World War. Guided tours are given. In cozy Doetinchem you can cycle past De Walmolen, a wall and scaffolding mill dating from 1851. It is one of the few remaining monuments in this city, which was founded in the Middle Ages. In 1527 a major city fire destroyed the center. A mistake by the Allies - they thought they had bombed 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 go here for a cup of coffee on the terrace, a drink with snacks or an extensive dinner in the atmospheric restaurant. In the authentically warmly decorated hotel restaurant you can relax completely with a comfortable overnight stay. You can park your bicycle in the guarded parking and explore the area on foot. You can also book a golf package here.
Hotel Restaurant Windmill Forest Cultural routes Nature Route Castle

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# Description Distance
Hotel Restaurant De Roode Leeuw (7061CN, Oude IJsselstreek, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Hotel Restaurant De Roode Leeuw (Sint Jorisplein, 7061 CN, Oude IJsselstreek, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
50 (7061CN, Oude IJsselstreek, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.01 km
14 (7004JJ, Doetinchem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 7.23 km
Slangenburg (Kasteel Slangenburg, 7004JK, Doetinchem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 9.75 km
13 (Loordijk, 7004HW, Doetinchem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 10.57 km

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  • Oude IJsselstreek, Gelderland
  • Doetinchem, Gelderland


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