Historic green villages, fens and forests

Cycling in Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Cycling route 316467

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4590 131
52.6 km
03:05 h
927 kcal
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A wonderful cycling route through central Drenthe where heathland and fields alternate. You pass through a number of typical Drenthe es- or green villages. The main feature of this architectural style is a green'plein\\\', mostly grassland, on which trees have been planted. The farms were built around this green heart. The green square had a connecting function: the animals were collected on it in the evenings and the trees were used as building material.

The bike ride starts at Holiday Park Het Timmerholt. In this wonderfully spacious park you will find a chalet park, bungalows and camping site, all located around a lake rich in fish. Peace, space, nature combined with experience and comfort are central here. There is a restaurant in the holiday park where you can start the day with a nice cup of coffee or tea on the terrace. After you have boarded, you will soon pass two so-called es or green villages. The small Zwiggelte and the more famous Westerbork. This last place is of course directly related to Camp Westerbork. However, this is quite a few kilometers outside the village, almost against Hooghalen. You will not cycle past it today, but afterwards you may be able to visit the so-called memorial camp, where you will find the famous monument of the rails, on your own. Almost all authentic buildings of the former camp Westerbork have been removed, symbolic reconstructions on the site refer to former camp buildings and barracks.

From Westerbork you cycle through the green heart of Drenthe. It is a nice quiet area with panoramic views. The moors you encounter are the remnants of what used to be a vast moorland. Reclamation and sod cutting have fragmented the areas. New forests have been planted in some places, such as at Meppen and Witteveen. You can see from the upright position of the thin trees that these forests are still young. Tuber crops such as potatoes and sugar beet usually grow on the fields, which thrive on the peaty soil below. At about three quarters of the way you arrive in the nice museum village of Orvelte. This is really worth a longer stop. It is not big in itself, you can visit the center in a good hour. The historic center is normally inhabited, although the people here focus on the visitors and get involved in all kinds of authentic crafts. You will find village shops with handicraft items. For example, there is a sawmill and forge that still produce. The nice thing is that you can watch their work. The cheese factory and bakery also make products on site that are sold directly to home.

You will also find various studios and galleries in the village. Of course also the necessary tourist knick-knacks, but you just have to look through that.

From Orvelte, the landscape continues to change between heath, forest and arable land. With this you actually also have Drenthe in a nutshell. This, in combination with another green village, Elp, gives you a striking picture of this beautiful province. Time to enjoy this with a drink and possibly a snack on the terrace of Holiday Park Het Timmerholt.

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# Description Distance
9431 KT, Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe, The Netherlands 0.00 km
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