The Zuidlaardermeer is also called the Wolfsbargermeer and it is 540 hectares in size. The lake and the 120 hectares of surrounding overland are a Natura 2000 area and therefore fall under European protection. The lake is thousands of years old and was created by an interaction of ebb and flow on the peat in the area. Except for a few fairways, the water is very shallow, but as a water lover there is still plenty to do at the lake. You can relax or be active on and around the water. Marinas have been built on the lake and you can sail on the Zuidlaardermeer.
The cycle route, which starts and ends at B&B Schipborg in Zuidlaren, also leads you past various dolmens. Hunebed D04 and Hunebed D03 are hidden between two cute old farmhouses, along a romantic sandy path. They look rather messy, but the stone graves, which are collectively called the Hunenborg, are quite large. Because the capstones of the dolmens are in the cellars, they have an authentic appearance. Route 178507 has the same starting point as this route. Sleep comfortably in B&B Schipborg and take the route towards Assen and Drentsche Aa National Park the next day.
Another nice stop along the route is the Boezemvriend polder windmill, also known as'Molen van De Groeve\\\'. The mill, built in 1871, drained the Zuidlaren polder. In the thirties of the twentieth century, however, it lost all its significance as a pumping station, because at that time people switched to draining the polder with an electric motor. Restorations were carried out on the mill in 1962 and 1990, making it operational again. The mill is now operated by a few volunteers. Fun fact is that De Boezemvriend is the only octagonal polder mill in Drenthe.
NB; in this route you can take a ferry, it only runs between April 1 and October 1.