This route starts with a drink on the terrace of Manege - Grandcafé De Molenberg. Via the authentic hamlet of Leenderstrijp you drive into the Leenderbos. Sand drifts and trees adorn the landscape here. The forests are becoming more and more varied and more and more forest animals find their way there. In De Malpie you cycle close to fens and a stream. You can view two windmills along the way. The Heimolen was built on a drifting sand mountain and bought by the Forestry Commission. In 1940, a severe storm destroyed the mill, which would not be rebuilt until the 21st century. The Venbergse Watermill was first mentioned in 1227, when the mill was owned by a sister order. In Soerendonk you get off for a cup of coffee at the beautiful café De Bout.
Partly due to its perfect location on both the A2 and the Leenderbos, this is a good starting point to explore this surprising area of forest and heathland. You can park your car for free in the spacious parking lot at the riding school. Here some beautiful cycling and walking routes start through the area. When you return you can enjoy the lovely terrace.
De Bout is a beautifully situated and cozy drink cafe? in the heart of Soerendonk, a rustic village near the border with Belgium. In this region you can easily make kilometers of cycling and walking tours through the vast Kempen nature. After your route it is good to stay at De Bout. The café? has a good menu, so you can enjoy lunch and dinner here, for example with a tapas. You can park for free at De Bout.
The most famous windmill type in the Netherlands. Windmills were not only used to produce grain flour, but also to reclaim polder areas. Natural energy. The most famous windmills can be found in Kinderdijk, really set up as a polder model. A must see!
De Venbergse Watermolen
Located on the edge of the De Malpie nature reserve, the Venbergse Watermill is the starting point for a wonderful cycling, walking or canoe trip. The Venbergse Watermill is a picture in itself and was first mentioned in 1227 as the property of a sister monastery from Postel. In the mill house is the eponymous café-restaurant. Down the street you will find the Rofra for canoe rental or other active pursuits. The Valkenswaard Carriage Museum offers a wonderful collection of luxury carriages. Go out and discover the green versatility of Natuurpoort De Malpie!