Bourtange and the peat colonies

Cycling in Oldambt, Groningen, The Netherlands

Cycling route 545421

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1058 33
61.9 km
03:38 h
1090 kcal
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This beautiful route leads you through the peat colonies of Oude and Nieuwe Pekela. You will also cycle through historic Winschoten and the former Bourtange fortress.

Stop off at Bourtange to taste the atmosphere and have a drink. The fortress village still looks the same as it did in 1742. William of Orange had the fortress built in the sixteenth century to liberate Groningen from Spanish hands. Bourtange was then on the supply route that ran through the middle of the swamps. The fortress has a pentagonal shape. Outside the fortress you can still see part of the old wetland.

Pekela peat colony
Oude and Nieuwe Pekela are named after the river Pekel A, which derives its name from the saline water. The water flow emptied into the sea, but seawater also ran into the river. The region around the Pekel A has been inhabited for thousands of years. Old and New Pekela are typical peat colonies. It used to be one elongated village along the water - the peat was mainly transported by water. The route starts and ends at the welcoming New Royal York Hotel-Restaurant.


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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
New Royal York Hotel-Restaurant (9671 AL, Oldambt, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
96 (9673HC, Oldambt, Groningen, The Netherlands) 0.90 km
98 (Winschoterweg, 9697XB, Oldambt, Groningen, Nederland) 1.77 km
97 (Winschoterhoogebrug, Groningen, Nederland) 2.16 km
68 (Hoofdweg, 9697NJ, Westerwolde, Groningen, Nederland) 4.33 km
51 (Hoofdweg, 9695AA, Westerwolde, Groningen, Nederland) 9.70 km

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  • Oldambt, Groningen
  • Groningen
  • Westerwolde, Groningen
  • Stadskanaal, Groningen
  • Pekela, Groningen
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