Westerwolde is not quite what you expect from Groningen. You will not find the wide meadows that you associate with this province in Westerwolde. A wooded and stream-rich landscape. And the usual wealth of history for Groningen.
On your route are some beautiful early nineteenth-century hall house farms. In Ter Haar you pass the windmill of the same name. It is the only original post mill in Groningen. It was built in Bourtange around 1619 and moved to Ter Haar in 1832. At Ter Apel you will pass the famous medieval Crosier monastery from 1465, a building that belongs to the Top 100 of Dutch UNESCO monuments. Here you can walk through the herb garden and visit an exhibition.
At the monastery you cycle through forests that were planted around 800 and are among the oldest in Groningen. You can see large, imposing old oaks and beech trees. As befits a monastic forest, it is wonderfully quiet here. Sellingen is a beautiful medieval esdorp, eye-catcher is the village church from 1300. At Holiday Park De Barkhoorn you can enjoy a coffee or delicious meal, before you drive back into nature.
Legend of Hasseberg
The route takes you a little through the German Emsland. When you leave Germany again, you will immediately come over the top of the Hasseberg. This hill, located more than 14 meters above NAP, is the highest point in the province of Groningen. Part of the mound was excavated during the peat period. There is another legend attached to the hill. The name is said to come from Hasje, an old woman who, according to folklore, lit a fire here at night to lure lonely travelers into the surrounding swamp, causing them to drown.