Through the woods to Winterswijk

Cycling in Oost Gelre, Gelderland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 144217

Provided by: Groots Genieten

6143 163
28.9 km
01:41 h
509 kcal
40 m
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This route introduces you to National Landscape Winterswijk, a nature reserve of about 22,000 hectares in the Achterhoek. The landscape is a constant alternation of fields, meadows and streams, hedgerows and forests and picturesque Saxon farmhouses and stately mansions. Together, these elements form the beautiful bocage landscape that is so characteristic of Winterswijk. The route is west of Winterswijk. You cycle along the Meddose Veen to the center of Winterswijk, a former textile city. Just south of the city you pass the Oliemölle, a former watermill where corn was ground. A little further on is the Venemansmolen. There was once a standard mill on the current mill yard, which was German property until 1659 and burned down in 1827. At the end of the nineteenth century, one JD Venemans bought the whole thing - including the mill rights - and built a new mill in 1898. Until 1992, 5 generations of Venemans carried on the milling business here. Through the polder you drive along the Korenburger- and Vroegerveen, a landscape consisting of high moor, swamp forest, heathland and nutrient-poor grasslands. You cycle through the church village of Questionnaire, which is built on a lateral moraine and is therefore ten meters higher than nearby Lichtenvoorde. You pass the Vier Winden, an octagonal tower mill built in 1958 that was used as a flour mill. This tower mill replaces an example from 1860 that was demolished due to wind obstruction. De Vier Winden is the last windmill built in our country for economic reasons. He still runs on a professional basis.
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# Description Distance
33 (7137PE, Oost Gelre, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
5 (7134RK, Oost Gelre, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 3.42 km
5 (7104GL, Winterswijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 3.87 km
6 (7104GM, Winterswijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 5.50 km
14 (7101CT, Winterswijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 9.98 km
20 (7102EG, Winterswijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 12.32 km

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