Witches round Volkskrant

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Heeze-Leende
  • 58.72 km (Approximately 03:27 u)
  • Cycling route 1672956

Witches round Volkskrant

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Heeze-Leende
  • 58.72 km (Approximately 03:27 u)
  • Cycling route 1672956
Witch funeral pyres see the stories on the site of the Volkskrant
Publication Audio Bike Tour 18-7-2020

By Jantine Jongebloed - Illustrations Joost Stokhof

Only five women's lives ago, a horrific drama took place in Brabant: more than twenty women (from 12 to 90 years old) were accused of witchcraft and were murdered by the community. Now, 450 years later, journalist Jantine Jongebloed cycles through the landscape that still reminds us of this. Ride with her.


# Description Distance
Kapelstraat, 5591HC, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands 0.00 km
14 (Kruis, 5591LA, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 1.27 km
22 (Oudenmolen, 5591, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 1.78 km
Restaurant de Boschwachter Heeze (Heezerenbosch, 5591 TA, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 2.71 km
52 (Oude Baan, 5591TA, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.64 km
50 (5591, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 5.61 km

Pause places

Boscafe De Soete Inval

Bosrandweg 6
5711 RJ Someren

Boscafe De Soete Inval is part of the Nature Gate Vennenhorst, which opened in 2017. At De Soete Inval you are welcome for a cup of coffee with a piece of cake, a drink with something delicious or a lunch. Ideal as a base or stopover if you are going on beautiful walks or bike rides through the Someren area!


Strabrechtse Heide - Vliegtuigcrashes

Rulse dijk
5591TX Heeze-Leende

According to the Loss Registers 1939 - 1945 of the Ministry of Defense, the following plane crashes among others took place: On 5 July 1941, a Hampden I of the 106th Squadron crashed near the Strabrechtse Dijk. The pilot was Sergeant Norman Edward Bowering, who, along with his crew, died in the conflagration that ensued after the crash. On July 8, 1941, a crash of a Wellington IC of the 99th Squadron was recorded in front of Heeze (Strabrechtse Heide). The pilot was Lieutenant EA Masters, who was taken prisoner of war along with his entire crew. On December 27, 1941, the crash of a Wellington IC of 57th Squadron was recorded in the Heeze - Someren area. The pilot, Thomas Purdy, and four other crew members are buried in the war cemetery in Woensel. On April 27, 1944 a Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 crashed. The pilot, Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Frank, was killed. On December 25, 1944, a Typhoon IB of the 440th Squadron crashed. The pilot was Harry J. Hardy, who was able to leave the plane.


5591TZ Geldrop-Mierlo

In early spring you can hear and see the moor frog at the fens.

Strabrechtse Heide

5731PT Heeze-Leende

In addition to heather, heather and gale, juniper also grows on the heather.

5721PD Asten

Den Evert

5711RH Someren

This post mill has very beautiful carvings and can be visited on Saturday afternoons or when the blue pennant is hanging out.


5591HJ Heeze-Leende

After the liberation, Allied soldiers camped in the woods behind the ice house and the castle. Here and there you can still find carvings from that time in trees and beech trees in particular. The long supply lines from Normandy? for soldiers, fuel, ammunition, material etc. and the resistance of the occupier made it necessary to go into bivouac. Many trees were felled in the forests that were necessary to be able to pass through the wet and swampy Peel.

Kasteel Heeze

5591HJ Heeze-Leende

During the war, the municipal population register was regularly stored safely in the castle. As a result, it was also preserved when the resistance in a robbery set fire to the town hall of Heeze in September 1943, see also point 25 below. Because Heeze had no town hall at the time, the castle was also used as such for a short time.

Provided by:

W.J.van , Noord-Brabant