TOP Scenic Route Cycling Strabrechtse Heide

2 hours (24.0 km)

To the northeast of Heeze you will find the Strabrechtse Heide, the largest continuous heathland area in Brabant with numerous meres, woods and sand drift areas. At first glance you might think you are seeing an immeasurable plain of only bush and heath, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Here, nature lovers can enjoy a varied landscape with beautiful views. You will pass the Beuven, the largest mere in the Netherlands. Here you will find unusual plants such as the water purslane and the carnivorous sundew. The fens are teeming with dragonflies and if you look closely you can spot the moor frog or maybe even a natterjack toad.

Tip: at Natuurpoort De Plaetse,…

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To the northeast of Heeze you will find the Strabrechtse Heide, the largest continuous heathland area in Brabant with numerous meres, woods and sand drift areas. At first glance you might think you are seeing an immeasurable plain of only bush and heath, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Here, nature lovers can enjoy a varied landscape with beautiful views. You will pass the Beuven, the largest mere in the Netherlands. Here you will find unusual plants such as the water purslane and the carnivorous sundew. The fens are teeming with dragonflies and if you look closely you can spot the moor frog or maybe even a natterjack toad.

Tip: at Natuurpoort De Plaetse, the starting point of your cycling tour, there is a sheepfold that houses a herd of 350 Kempisch heath sheep. You can enjoy a drink or lunch at the nearby cafe De Strabrechtse Heide. Be sure to take a look at the heath garden, the insect hotel and the hives.

Recommended by the forester
This cycling route was developed in cooperation with Dutch forestry organisation Staatsbosbeheer.  Erik Schram, forester for the Groote Heide heath, recommends the cycling route:

"Winding cycle paths across the largest contiguous heathland in the province of North Brabant."

How does the cycle route work?
The cycle route is cleary signposted. The intersection network is a network of beautiful and clearly signposted cycling paths throughout North Brabant. Each intersection is numbered. You can cycle from one intersection to the next.

Panel with map
The cycle paths are signposted with the intersection numbers and arrows showing you the way. Getting lost is a thing of the past! Each intersection also has a panel with a map, so you are always free to adjust your route if you wish. Grab your bike and discover our beautiful province!

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Sights on this route

Heidecafé de Strabrechtse Heide

De Plaetse 71
5591 TX Heeze
62 63 88 95

De Hoijse Hoeve

Hoijserstraat 20
5711 PV Someren
40 99 31 98 11

Kasteel Heeze

Kapelstraat 25
5590 AA Heeze

Herbertusbossen

Boschlaan 0
5591 HJ Heeze
13 12 61

Sheepfold

De Plaetse 70
5591 TX Heeze

Heidecafé de Strabrechtse Heide

De Plaetse 71
5591 TX Heeze

Directions

Heidecafé de Strabrechtse Heide

De Plaetse 71
5591 TX Heeze

You can start this cycle route from:
Cafe De Strabrechtse Heide
De Plaetse 71
5591 TX Heeze

  • Heath sheep
    The Strabrechtse Heide heath is centuries old and has not changed in all that time. It is home to some lovely and unusual animals, such as the Kempisch Heath Sheep, an old breed of sheep from before the year 1800. Characteristic are its long legs, long neck and the absence of horns. A herd of over 1000 sheep walks across the Strabrechtse Heide heath with their shepherd and dogs daily. You may come across them during your bike ride.
  • Castle Heeze
    The nearby Castle Heeze is one of the most beautiful and important national monuments in the Netherlands. The castle is surrounded by a moat and has a unique location amidst the beautiful natural landscape. Over the years, the predominantly 18th-century interior of the castle has remained intact.
  • Camp Dennenlust
    In the Moorsel area in Lierop, the former Dennenlust camp has been reconstructed. Seventy-five years ago more than thirty people lived in hiding here. The hiding camp was built in 1943 to accommodate students from The Hague who were wanted by the Germans during the Second World War.

Heidecafé de Strabrechtse Heide

De Plaetse 71
5591 TX Heeze
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