Marvel at the deep purple heath, fresh green forests, streams and meres, and the many cultural-historical sights. The Groote Heide heath in North Brabant is a unique destination for wildlife spotting, tourism and recreation. The area has a rural character, yet urban facilities are within easy reach.
This natural landscape area crosses the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, is no less than 6,000 hectares in size, and spans across the municipalities of Cranendonck, Eindhoven, Heeze-Leende, Valkenswaard, Hamont-Achel and Neerpelt. The cycle route runs through nature reserve De Malpie which boasts beautiful heath, meres, woodland and the river Dommel. Because there is so much natural beauty, this area is ideal for relaxing walking and cycling tours. Interesting fact: thanks to the unprecedented beauty of De Malpie, Valkenswaard was crowned the Dutch Hiking Municipality of the Year 2016. That's promising!
The route continues through the Leenderbos forest which consists of beautiful coniferous trees. Work is being done here to bring the heath back to its original state. The forest is populated by roe deer, foxes, wild boars, hares, rabbits and more. Are you a bird lover? Take your binoculars and look for the kingfisher, bittern, honey buzzard and nightjar.
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Cycle from one intersection to the next.
Just follow the intersection numbers and arrows.
This cycling route was developed in cooperation with Dutch forestry organisation Staatsbosbeheer. Erik Schram, forester for the Groote Heide heath, recommends the cycling route:
“Cycling through the Leenderbos forest and over the Groote Heide heath near the Belgian border is an ideal way to experience the richness of the Brabant countryside."