Located on the Belgian border, near the abbey,Natuurpoort de Achelse Kluis
is the starting point for this beautiful cycle route through the countryside.
The route starts in Grenspark de Groote Heide
. In the past, this immense nature reserve was mainly planted with coniferous forest, Scots pine intended for mining timber and Douglas fir for the wood processing industry. In the vast and varied area, the silence is almost tangible. Paths wind through dense forest, over heathland and drifting sand, through gale thickets and along fens. Those who have succeeded will spot one of the many special birds, such as the nightjar, bittern, honey buzzard or kingfisher. Furthermore, the forests are populated by deer, foxes, wild boars, hares and rabbits.
After the Groote Heide, the route leads past the Venbergse Molen through the cross-border nature reserve of the Malpie
, which consists of approximately 350 hectares of shifting sands, wet and dry heathland, fens and forest. The open moorland with moist grasslands attracts many species of dragonflies and butterflies and the woodland is home to the woodpecker. The combination of heath and forest makes the Malpie a beautiful cycling area.
Address Natuurpoort Achelse Kluis:
De Kluis 1, 3930 Hamont-Achel, Belgium
After the bike ride it is nice to relax on the terrace of Brasserie de Herberg at the Achelse Kluis
. The brasserie is located in the converted former stables of the abbey and offers a view of the brew kettles of the abbey brewery. The inn offers you a variety of drinks, various pastries, homemade Trappist ice cream (without alcohol) and small dishes (including abbey soup).
May to Sept.: Tue to Sun 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Oct. to Apr.: Tue to Sun 12:00 - 17:30