Being active

Enjoy the endless cycling, walking and horse-riding routes

Get on your bike, put on your walking shoes and discover the surprisingly beautiful Drents-Friese Wold, Dwingelderveld, De Alde Feanen and Friese Wouden.

Cycling

Make use of the cycling junction network or a ready-made route. You can have lunch in a beautiful characteristic village or at a picnic spot with a fantastic view. Tips: follow the Koningsdiep to the small village Ulesprong, cycle from sheepfold to sheepfold or enjoy the regional and taste route Friese Wouden!

Lovely routes are a.o:

The Brandeveen is the name of one of the fens in nature reserve Holtingerveld. They came into being by excavating and dredging peat. On the higher and drier parts around the moors, there are woods and rough heath land. The route also takes you through the village of Dwingeloo, through a farming landscape with beautiful farms and hedgerows, and through the extensive forests of the Drents-Friese Wold and Dwingelderveld National Parks.
  Oude Willem is the name of a hamlet in the middle of National Park Drents-Friese Wold. It came into existence in the first half of the 20th century, when people started to reclaim heathland in this area. Now the hamlet is surrounded by vast forests, heathland and shifting sands. Start the route from junction 68, near Molecaten Park Het Landschap.

Walking

Everywhere you go, you will find coloured posts that guide you through the woods, over heath and sand drifts. Why not take a walk with the forest ranger or a guide? You will come across unexpected places and hear fascinating stories! Definitely go to: the watchtowers in the Aekingerzand, DoldersummerveldFochteloërveen and the Belvedère.

Lovely routes are a.o:

The Ice route (5 km, blue arrows), here you will find landscapes that owe their existence to the ice ages. The War Route (8.3 km, green arrows), the Second World War has radically changed the landscape of the Holtingerveld. The route takes you past hangars, bomb craters, the flight strip of the Great Runway and over various rolling tracks.
  The Dwingelderveld National Park is one of the largest nature reserves in our country. Varied woods, open areas with heath and shifting sands, and wet parts where peat moss grows, alternate with each other. A wonderful destination for a varied autumn walk! The area, originally used for agriculture resulting in overgrazing and drifting sand, has been planted with trees since the beginning of the 20th century to tame the moving sand.
  This is a long and varied route with quite a lot of nature and here and there some cultural history. The route crosses three traffic arteries running from north to south: the A28 from 1971, the railway to Assen and Groningen built by the Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Staatsspoorwegen around 1870 and the Linthorst Homanaal from 1927.1927.
  From the car park of the former Kamp Westerbork you can walk an educational trail. The walking route goes through the Hooghalen forest area, past the former Kamp Westerbork, Hingsteveen and the radio observatory. The walk lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Adventurous

  • Mountain biking: in the Drents-Friese Wold there is an ATB track of no less than 50 km.
  • Horse riding: Drenthe is the horse-riding province of the Netherlands with no less than 900 km of horse-riding routes! Many routes are signposted, but you can also opt for a GPS tour on horseback. Riding schools are close by. Also fun; a trip by covered wagon!
  • Visit the Big Five hunebeds in Drenthe.
  • Water sports: sailing and surfing on the Leekstermeer, Paterswoldsemeer or Zuidlaardermeer.
  • Golf: Drentse Golfclub De Gelpenberg in Aalden.
  • Eko-Tours in Exloo: experience a unique green adventure on the Hondsrug with 100% electric and whisper quiet vehicles. Use discount code mpk2022eko for € 2.00 discount per paying participant.