Ellertsveld route

Emmen, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 199347

based on 5 reviews

Provided by: Drenthe.nl

51.5 km
03:01 h
908 kcal
29 m


The Ellertsveld used to be a vast wild area centered on the 7 markenpunt near De Kiel. Before 1811, the marks (municipality) of Schoonloo, Ees, Westdorp, Odoorn, Noord-Sleen, Wezup and Orvelte came together here. Each marke received a tip from the Ellertsveld.

Forestry Het Sleenerand
Boswachterij Het Sleenenerstrand was planted during the employment relief projects around 1930 and contains beautiful heathlands with a fen. During excavations, the second largest boulder in Drenthe was found at De Kiel, although the population believes that the Kiel Kei is larger than the Geeser boulder (largest boulder in the Netherlands).
In the southern part is the reconstructed hunebed'De Papeloze kerk\\\'. And in the middle is a small but special sheep park with no less than 45 burial mounds. The whole is part of a large Celtic Field, an arable complex from the Iron Age. The Galgenberg is striking along the cycle path; a burial mound with a row of posts. The headman of the Sleenerzand was buried in this burial mound almost 3500 years ago. He was given his golden earrings, bronze ax and arrows.

Sleen is first mentioned in 1160, but given the archaeological finds it must be much older. Around 1550 the village tore in two and Noord-Sleen and (Zuid-)Sleen were created. The Hervomde church of Sleen dates from the early 15th century. With its over 59 meters high tower, the church has the highest church tower in Drenthe.

Emmen is first mentioned in 1139. Emmen is located on the southern tip of the Hondsrug about 30 meters above NAP. The area has been inhabited since ancient times, given the many dolmens and burial mounds. In 1228 Emmen was burned down by the army of the bishop of Utrecht, Willebrandt van Oldenburg (1227-1233) in revenge for the defeat of his predecessor Otto II van Lippe in the Battle of Ane (in Overijssel) the year before. Otto II was defeated by the knights of the city of Coevorden and their army of Drenten
Emmen developed as a place in the time of peat extraction and, after the Second World War, developed further into the industrial core of Southeast Drenthe.
The Noorder Dierenpark has brought Emmen world fame. A covered tropical jungle, an immense bird garden, a real savannah, fascinating exhibitions and a beautiful butterfly garden put the emphasis of the zoo on the reality of the natural environment.

The Valtherbos is one of the oldest forest areas in Drenthe and is a true archaeological paradise. Now there are still 4 dolmens in the forest, but there were once many more. In an open space in the middle of the forest is a small heath with 3 small dolmens, ruts and burial mounds on the other side of the cycle path. Burial mounds can be found everywhere in the forest. In the northern part, between the burial mounds, there is a hiding place from the Second World War with a memorial stone for chicken breeder A. Zafat, who hid Jews and people in hiding there. On the edge of the field, next to a pingo ruin, is the 4th hunebed.

Odoorn is first mentioned in 1327 and originated along one of the old connecting roads from Coevorden to Groningen. The 12th century choir of the reformed church is covered with boulders to a height of about 3 meters and the wall is more than 1 meter thick. The rest of the church dates from 1856.
Today, Odoorn has become known for the Drentse Wandel4Daagse around Ascension Day and the largest International Folklore Spectacle in the Netherlands with dance, song, music and traditional costumes.

Schoonoord / Ellert and Brammert Open Air Museum
The Open Air Museum was created during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Schoonoord in 1954. A number of sod huts were built on the occasion of this celebration. The current museum gives a picture of the former life in the countryside . The name is derived from the saga about the giants Ellert and Brammert (father and son, or vice versa). They would have lived on the Ellertsveld and terrorized their environment and travelers. They kept a girl captive as a housekeeper for 7 years. There are several variations on the ending of the story.
Parking Hunebed Windmill Forest Water Cultural routes Nature Route Picnic route

Height Profile


Marketing Drenthe Foundation was established in 2007 on behalf of the Province. Marketing Drenthe is responsible for improving the image of Drenthe in the field of tourism, living and working, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the economic development within these sectors. The core values of Drenthe, such as tranquility, space and originality are made 'future-oriented'. For example, Drenthe must become a vital, dynamic province in the image. The intended result of the campaign is a significant image improvement of the Netherlands' most beautiful province. Marketing Drenthe is a professional, enthusiastic and decisive team with an open attitude to tackle matters and identify new opportunities. In addition, there is the power to connect parties and to improve and strengthen communication in order to put Drenthe on the map.


# Description Distance
Parkeren (7811 CM, Emmen, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
16 (7814TE, Emmen, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 2.10 km
32 (7843PG, Coevorden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 8.08 km
27 (7843RM, Coevorden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 11.90 km
28 (7843RM, Coevorden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 12.47 km
8 (Brink, 7841CE, Coevorden, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 16.58 km

Place name directory

  • Emmen, Drenthe
  • Coevorden, Drenthe
  • Borger-Odoorn, Drenthe


based on 0 reviews

Read the experiences of others below. This way you find out what score the route has received and you can decide whether this route is for you. Have fun!

Embed this page </>

Share this route

See Routiq in...
  • Routiq Logo Routiq App
  • Browser Browser