Dense forests that unexpectedly turn into an open field, heaths and old green villages, that form the backdrop of this cycling route in Drenthe. Enjoy the silence in nature and get to know the towns of Westerbork and Orvelte along the way.
At the start of the route you cycle along the edge of the Mantingerveld. For a long time this area consisted of small non-contiguous pieces of forest, drifting sand hills and many more types of nature. In recent years agricultural land has been purchased, forests have been planted and fens have been restored in this area, resulting in a beautiful nature reserve. You then cycle through dense forests and along the edges of moors to the green village of Westerbork. You might think that the former concentration camp Westerbork is also located here, but in reality it is closer to Hooghalen than to Westerbork.
Mini campsite De Bulte
Orvelte, Witteveen and Balinge are the next places on this route before you return to Minicamping De Bulte, the start and end point of this route. At this campsite you can park your caravan or motorhome for an overnight stay in a pleasantly quiet area. When you get up fresh and fruity the next day, you can explore the area further with cycling route 386064.
Orvelte is not a village to quickly cycle through, because there is a lot to see here. You will still find thatched Saxon farmhouses and other historic buildings that you rarely see today. In Orvelte you can look inside a number of those farms. Here you can learn more about ancient crafts such as iron forging and clog making. The village also regularly hosts folkloric markets and other fun events.