The forests around Westerbork and Orvelte

Cycling in Hoogeveen, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Cycling route 386062

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2419 69
61.7 km
03:37 h
1087 kcal
16 m
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Dense forests that unexpectedly change 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, shifting 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 heaths to the green village of Westerbork. You might think that the former Westerbork concentration camp is also located here, but that is actually closer to Hooghalen than to Westerbork.

Mini campsite De Bulte
Orvelte, Witteveen and Balinge are the next towns on this route before you return to Minicamping De Bulte, the start and end point of this route. You can park your caravan or motorhome at this campsite 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 cycle route 386064.

Historic Orvelte

Orvelte is not a village to cycle through quickly, because there is plenty 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 some of those farms. Here you can learn more about old crafts such as iron forging and clog making. Folkloric markets and other fun events are also regularly organized in the village.

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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.


# Description Distance
Mini Camping "De Bulte" (Hoogeveenseweg, 7936 TS, Hoogeveen, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
24 (7936TP, Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 2.34 km
23 (Kanaal Westzijde, 7936TL, Hoogeveen, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 3.48 km
10 (De Hullen, 9419TH, Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 7.29 km
10 (9419TJ, Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 7.55 km
25 (Hamveld, 9418TK, Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe, The Netherlands) 12.09 km

Place name directory

  • Hoogeveen, Drenthe
  • Midden-Drenthe, Drenthe
  • Coevorden, Drenthe
  • Drenthe


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