Cycling in Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Cycling route 341511
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Cycling around Valkenswaard in Brabant guarantees a long day in the Kempen nature. This route also takes you through some old hamlets and through the village of Westerhoven.
The route takes you over De Groote Heide and through the Leenderbos. This Kempen landscape with its small height differences was created during the last ice age by deposits of sand. Heathland, forests and winding paths: it is wonderful to cycle here. In the vast and quiet coniferous forests under Aalst and Waalre you will pass a few quiet fens. A little later you drive through the valleys of the Dommel and the Keersop, unblemished landscapes where you still see hayfields and hedgerows here and there.
In Westerhoven you can make a stopover at Het Wapen van Westerhoven. On the Dorpsstraat is the neo-Gothic St. Servatius Church from 1855. The adjacent rectory dates from 1861. On the Dommel you pass De Venbergsemolen. This water mill was first mentioned in a document from 1227. In 1331 it became the ban mill of the Norbertine Priory of Postel.
Saint Valentine's Chapel
If you want to see a Brabant chapel including a wonderful well, you can drive onto the sandy path of the Loverensedijk from the Provincialeweg. After a minute's drive you will arrive at the Saint Valentine's Chapel, a national monument from 1947. During the construction of the current chapel, 4 oak beams were uncovered, which show that a chapel already existed in the Middle Ages. Next to the chapel is a well that, according to tradition, dates back to the eighth century. Medicinal properties were attributed to the water. Saint Valentine was especially invoked in case of falling illness, fever and skin disorders. Remarkable: the water in the well is higher than that of the Keersop flowing past.
Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.
|76 (5661, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|79 (5661PA, Eindhoven, North Brabant, The Netherlands)||2.36 km|
|66 (5583TC, Waalre, North Brabant, The Netherlands)||3.19 km|
|46 (5583XG, Waalre, North Brabant, The Netherlands)||4.04 km|
|65 (5583BC, Waalre, North Brabant, The Netherlands)||5.61 km|
|67 (De Hurken, 5583AA, Waalre, North Brabant, The Netherlands)||7.01 km|