Explore the Groote Heide on foot

Waalre, North Brabant, The Netherlands

Hiking route: 401901

based on 13 reviews

Provided by: Groots Genieten

8.4 km
02:05 h
475 kcal
32 m


The Groote Heide is located just below Eindhoven. This area consists of several small heathlands that are connected to each other and extend over 20 kilometers. The southernmost part of the heath lies across the Belgian border.

Small heathlands in the Groote Heide

You might think that the Groote Heide consists of an enormous expanse of heathland. That's what the name suggests, but nothing could be further from the truth. This heath was once large indeed, but today there is little left of it. The small heathlands that are still there are connected by nature bridges, among other things. These bridges go over roads so that the animals that live in this area can move safely from one side to the other. The Groote Heide is of course maintained by using Kempen heath sheep that graze here. The sheep have been grazing here since 1981.

Pay a visit to Aalst

Near the start and end point of the route you will find the church village of Aalst. Visit this village if you would like to experience what life is like in a typical Brabant village. In any case, there is plenty to see here. Take a look at the Aalstermolen, a flour mill from 1904, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Presentatiekerk from 1906 or the Treeswijk estate with a villa from 1829.
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# Description Distance
60 (5583TC, Waalre, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
62 (5583TC, Waalre, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.26 km
67 (5661, Geldrop-Mierlo, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.24 km
65 (Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.43 km
96 (5591, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.87 km
98 (5591VD, Heeze-Leende, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 5.50 km


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