Baronie Cranendonck Noord Brabant
Published: 09/10/2019
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This beautiful, 3-star cycle route through Brabant, has its starting and finishing points in Leenderstrijp and is mainly about cycle paths and occasionally on the public road. All roads are of good quality as we are used to in the Netherlands. Along the way there are plenty of options for something to eat and / or drink, picnics are also possible.

This cycle route is signed in the "OpenStreetMap" map and can be used in navigation systems and / or can be printed with directions, via "Save as" and then choose .pdf.

Along the way you come by, or cycle through:

The Soerendonk Goor
In the water-rich area Het Soerendonkse Goor you can observe the many water birds that the area is rich from the bird observation hut. The Soerendonkse Goor is also fascinating from a botanical point of view, and on the peat and peat pits grow gale, willows and birch with in-between cattail, reed and Russians. Icelandic ponies graze in a fenced part of the swamp area - the Langbos. These ponies are dependent on what nature has to offer here for their daily cost and keep the landscape open. Nowadays also in other nature areas the natural management with this so-called winter hardy takes place. But these ponies have been staying here in Langbos for more than 30 years: management was a renewal at the time. In the future, selective logging will also focus on making the sharp transition between forest and open area more gradual. The heath frog also lives on the heath and on the transitions from higher to lower terrain sections the dorsal stripe and garlic toad are characteristic amphibians.

Cranendonk forest
Close to the hamlet of Cranendonck is the Cranendonck forest. It is a remnant of the once impenetrable swamp forest that has been located here in prehistoric times.

Budel is a former agricultural village that has grown out of its seams. It has grown up because of the accommodation of many employees of the southern zinc factory.

Dead wire
At junction 216 you will come across the border with Belgium. At the time of the First World War, the Germans installed a modern and frightening border barrier here: the Wire of Death. A reconstruction of the Dead Wire was made at the old border post 174. An information panel tells in detail about this barrier, equipped with six wires, intended to stop Belgians fleeing from the German occupiers.
Grenspaal 174, incidentally, dates from 1843. Then, as part of the Secession of the Netherlands, the brand new border was marked with 400 of these posts.

Great Heather
Extractions have made the Groote Heide small. From the 19th century, large parts of the heath have been transformed into coarse pine forests or into agricultural land. The remaining nature areas now consist of heather, overgrown drifting sand and fens. The heath is grazed by Kempen heath sheep. Because of the great variation in this area, various birds breed, including buzzard, wasp thief, nightjar, hatchery and various water birds such as the stilt walker.

Leenderstrijp is an old agricultural hamlet with many original buildings. The triangular grass square still breathes the atmosphere of the past.
To the west of the village (approx. 500 m) you can see the St. John's Chapel from 1843 on a hill between old lime and oak trees.

Leenderbos en Cranendonk
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Noord Brabant
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North Brabant (; Dutch: Noord-Brabant, pronounced [ˌnoːrd ˈbraːbɑnt] (listen)), also unofficially called Brabant, is a province in the south of the Netherlands. It borders the provinces of South Holland and Gelderland to the north, Limburg to the east, Zeeland to the west, and the Flemish provinces of Antwerp and Limburg to the south. The northern border follows the Meuse westward to its mouth in the Hollands Diep strait, part of the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta. North Brabant has a population of 2,562,566 as of November 2019. Major cities in North Brabant are Eindhoven (pop. 231,642), Tilburg (pop. 217,259), Breda (pop. 183,873) and its provincial capital 's-Hertogenbosch (pop. 154,205).
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