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.
Cafe De Strabrechtse Heide
De Plaetse 71
5591 TX Heeze
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:
"Winding cycle paths across the largest contiguous heathland in the province of North Brabant."