Walking through Blesdijke and surroundings

Hiking in Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands

Hiking route 527822

Provided by: Groots Genieten

3521 75
14.7 km
03:40 h
834 kcal
10 m
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On the border between Overijssel and Friesland you will find a varied landscape full of peace and space. Ideal for a walk, especially because you pass some striking sights.

You start the route in Blesdijk, a ribbon village in Friesland where you will see some characteristic old farms. You will also pass the village church that dates from 1843. Its fourteenth-century predecessor is said to have collapsed in 1836. Outside the village you walk along grass and arable lands. Every now and then you walk into a path that is enclosed by the trees. It is wonderfully quiet here, ideal for clearing your head or catching up with friends or family.

Easter loo
The village of Paasloo is located in the Kop van Overijssel. Here you will pass the ton mill, the only one in the Netherlands. The church from 1336 also stands out: the nave corresponds to an Overijssel farm. Just past the village you walk a bit over the beautiful Blesdijkerheide. What was once a vast moorland has been planted with forests in the 1960s. The silence is no less. At B&B De Markestee in Blesdijke you can enjoy a comfortable holiday.

Unique barrel mill
The barrel mill in Paasloo was built in 1899 by a local farmer, Berend Krol. Just like with other farmers in the area, the land at Krol was also regularly flooded. Krol preferred to tackle this problem by grinding the soil dry with a windmill. For a traditional windmill, however, too many trees would have to be felled to provide sufficient wind capacity. So Krol designed a windmill where the wind was captured by circularly mounted vertical blades that rotate in the horizontal plane. In 1952 the original barrel mill was lost to a heavy storm. The example you see today is a replica from 2002.


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# Description Distance
a41 (8378JJ, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
a42 (8378JE, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.56 km
a46 (8378EN, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 1.23 km
a47 (8378JJ, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 1.78 km
a53 (Paasloërweg, 8378JB, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 3.76 km
a54 (8342SJ, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 4.55 km

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  • Steenwijkerland, Overijssel
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