Drenthe Periphery “Medium” 170 km


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7 hour 24 minutes (171.3 km)

With the route Drenthe Periphery “Medium,” you see a large part of Drenthe. The route is 170 km long. You cycle through Drentsche Aa National Park and around Dwingelderveld National Park. 

Drentsche Aa
This stream runs through the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, and is considered to be the only stream in the Netherlands that has maintained its original curves and loops. Nationaal Beek- and Esdorpenlandschap (“National Stream and Esdorpen Landscape”) Drentsche Aa is a beautiful national park featuring bodies of water, hedgerows, heathlands, sandy soil and brinkdorpen (vill…

With the route Drenthe Periphery “Medium,” you see a large part of Drenthe. The route is 170 km long. You cycle through Drentsche Aa National Park and around Dwingelderveld National Park. 

Drentsche Aa
This stream runs through the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, and is considered to be the only stream in the Netherlands that has maintained its original curves and loops. Nationaal Beek- and Esdorpenlandschap (“National Stream and Esdorpen Landscape”) Drentsche Aa is a beautiful national park featuring bodies of water, hedgerows, heathlands, sandy soil and brinkdorpen (villages with a traditional layout around a village green or square). Cycling here, you cycle through exquisite landscape and age-old villages and over beautiful bridges!

Brinkdorpen
Do you like brinkdorpen, or would you like to see one? Then this route is perfect for you, since it goes through no fewer than 14 brinkdorpen! A few of these are: Rolde, Tynaarlo, Anderen, Gieten, Erm, Ruinen and Dwingeloo. Brinkdorpen were built in medieval times—often atop a sandy ridge to remain dry. Each village had one or more squares; its brink. This was the centre of the village, around which houses and farms were built.

A lot of things went on on the brink. You would often find a dobbe, a deep hole filled with water, there. This water was used as drinking water for livestock, but also to wash clothes or extinguish fires. In the morning, livestock was gathered on the brink to graze outside of the village; they would return in the evening, after which the farmers would pick up their own animals. The brinkdorpen often have many remnants from the past: old farms, dirt tracks, the brink, the es (high-lying farmland) and sometimes a dobbe.

Starting points with parking options
There are multiple starting points for the route where you can park your car. This allows you to start the route from wherever you like. 

Assen: Car park Stadsbroek
Zuidlaren: De Brink
Gieten: Stationsstraat
Borger: Molenstraat
Sleen: Bannerschultestraat
Hoogeveen: Parking place Middelveldweg
Ruinen: Oosterstraat
Dwingeloo: Brinkweg

Part of Drenthe Periphery 255 km
This route is part of the route Drenthe Periphery 255 km, that runs along the border of the province of Drenthe. Within this long route, you can also pick and choose from among ten shorter routes—varying from 55 to 67 kilometres—or two routes of 135 and 170 kilometres.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Kortbossen 5
9405 BM Assen
1

Lunsenhof 20
9467 PM Anloo
2

Asserstraat 63
9451 TA Rolde (Deurze)
3

Balloërstraat 2
9451 AK Rolde
4

Balloo 30
9458 TB Balloo
5

Gasterenseweg 1
9409 TJ Loon
6

Dolmen D15

9409 Loon
Dolmen D15
7

Dolmen D6

9482 Tynaarlo
Dolmen D6
8

Hoofdweg 42
9483 PC Zeegse
9

Dolmen D10

9466 Gasteren
Dolmen D10
10

Westeinde 11
9466 PG Gasteren
11

Nijend 2
9465 TR Anderen
12

Dolmen D13

9463 Eext
Dolmen D13
13

gieterweg 2
9462 TD Gasselte
14

Kerkstraat 2 C
9462 PS Gasselte
15

Gasselterstraat 7
9533 PC Drouwen
16

Drouwenerzand

Drouwenerzand Attractiepark
Gasselterstraat 7
9533 PC DROUWEN
Drouwenerzand
17

Dolmen D19 and D20

9533 Drouwen
Dolmen D19 and D20
18

Dorpsstraat 2
9536 PD Ees
19

7875 Exloo
20

Dolmen D30

7875 Exloo
Dolmen D30
21

Hoofdstraat 9
7873 BB Odoorn
22

Hoofdweg 41
7871 TC Klijndijk
23

Veldweg 1
7845 TC HOLSLOOT
24

Toldijk 20 B
7864 TL Zwinderen
25

Fluitenbergseweg 69
7931 PA Fluitenberg
26

Brink 1
7963 AA Ruinen
27

Kloosterstraat 1
7963 AH Ruinen
28

Brink 26
7991 CH Dwingeloo
29

Brink 21
7991 CH Dwingeloo
30

Landgoed Meistershof

Lheebroek 33
7991 PM Dwingeloo
Landgoed Meistershof
31

Brunsting 4
9411 VK Beilen
32

Witterzomer 7
9405 VE Assen
End point: Kortbossen 5
9405 BM Assen

Directions

Starting point: Kortbossen 5
9405 BM Assen
  • Start: Regionaal Wielercentrum Regio Noord Assen (“Regional Cycling Centre North Assen Region”)
  • TR (Kortbossen/Roldertorenlaan) - end of the road TR (Beilerstraat) - at TrL SA (Graswijk) - at T junction KR (Graswijk) - in front of viaduct TL (Diepstroeten) - road CSA (Diepstroeten) - end of the road TL (Anreep)
  • Anreep
  • CSA (Schieven) - end of the road TR to. Rolde (Rolderhoofdweg/Asserstraat)
  • Rolde
  • TL to. Balloo (Stationsstraat/Balloërstraat)
  • Balloo
  • CSA to. Loon (Loonerweg)
  • Loon
  • 1st road TL (Loonerbroekweg) - CR SA (Loonerbroekweg) - CR SA (Vriezerweg) - end of the road TR (Jagerstraat) - 1st road TL to. Zeegse (Buitenstrengen) - CR SA (Eisenbroeken)
  • Tynaarloo
  • End of the road TL (Schoolstraat) - end of the road TR (Dorpsstraat) - end of Dorpsstraat SA (Berkenlaan) - 2nd road TL (Wedberg) - after railway crossing KR to. Zeegse (Hunebedstraat)
  • Zeegse
  • CSA to. Oude Molen (Hoofdweg)
  • Oude Molen
  • CR TL to. Gasteren (Meester Croneweg)
  • Gasteren
  • CR TR to. Anderen (Brink/Westeinde) - T junction TL to. Anderen (Gasterenseweg) 

  • Anderen
  • 1st road TL to. Eext (Hagenend/Anderenseweg)
  • Eext
  • End of the road TL and immediately TR (Kampstraat) - 1st road TL - 1st road TR (Stationsstraat/Kerkstraat) - TR to. Eexterveen (Hoofdstraat) - 2nd road TL to. Eexterveen (Naweg) - after tunnel TR (Braamakkers), becomes bicycle path - end of bicycle path TR continue through tunnel (Oude Groningerweg)
  • Gieten
  • End of the road TR to. Gasselte (Brink) - end of the road TL to. Gasselte (Gasselterweg)
  • Gasselte
  • ROU SA to. Drouwen (Julianalaan) - 2nd road TR to. Drouwen (De Brinken/Dorpsstraat) - CSA to. Borger (Kerkstraat/Borgerderweg)
  • Drouwen
  • CSA to. Borger
  • Borger
  • ROU SA to. Ees (Hoofdstraat/Eeserstraat)
  • Ees
  • CSA through Ees (Dorpsstraat/Odoornerstraat) - 1st road TL to. Exloo (Bodenpad/Boslaan)
  • Exloo
  • End of the road TL (Hoofdstraat) - 2nd road TR to. Odoorn (Zuiderhoofdstraat/Zuideinde)
  • Odoorn
  • T junction KR and CSA to. Klijndijk (Hoofdstraat)
  • Klijndijk
  • ROU TR to. Het Haantje (Slenerweg)
  • Het Haantje
  • CSA to. Noord-Sleen (Haantje) - follow bicycle path under tunnel - end of bicycle path TL (Odoornerweg)
  • Noord-Sleen
  • End of the road TL (Dorpsstraat) - T junction KR (Markeweg) - ROU SA (Menso Altingstraat)
  • Sleen
  • CSA (Bannerschultestraat) - end of the road SA bicycle path to. Erm ('t Eng/Oosterlangen)
  • Erm
  • 2x ROU CSA Nieuw-Amsterdam (Horstingerend) - 1st road TR to. Achterste Erm (Achterste Erm/Schaapdijk/Ermerweg) - end of the road in front of the bridge TR to. Oosterhesselen (Oosterhesselerweg/Verlengde Hoogeveense Vaart) - 4th bridge TL (Oosterhesselerbrug) - after bridge TR to. Zwinderen (Verlengde Hoogeveensevaart)
  • Zwinderen
  • Geesbrug
  • CR TR (cross bridge) (Berkenlaan) - after the bridge TL to. Farmyard campsite
  • Nieuweroord
  • Noordscheschut
  • CSA to. Tiendeveen (Molenweg) - ROU SA to. Tiendeveen (Molenweg)
  • Tiendeveen
  • 1st bicycle path TL (Siberië) - end of bicycle path SA (Pesserdijk)
  • Hoogeveen
  • End of the road TR (Edisonstraat) - 2x ROU SA to. Fluitenberg (Middenveldweg)
  • Fluitenberg
  • CSA (Fluitenbergseweg) - 2nd road TR (Domeinweg/Gijsselterweg) - T junction KL to. Ruinen (Gijsselterweg) - end of the road TR to. Ruinen (Oosterstraat)
  • Ruinen
  • End of the road KR (Brink) - end of the road TR and immediately TL to. Dwingeloo (Smeestraat/Ansenweg)
  • Ansen
  • TL to. Uffelte (Om de Kamp) - CR SA to. Uffelte (Hooidijk/Rheebruggen/Anserweg) - end of the road TR to. Uffelte (Anserweg)
  • Uffelte
  • CR SA (Zuidstraat) - 1st road TR (Dorpsstraat) - end of the road Rijksweg and cross bridge and TL (Egginkstraat) - 2nd road TR (Hennehorsterweg/Looweg) - end of the road TR to. Dwingeloo (Honingvlakken/Westeinde) - T junction KL (Westeinde)
  • Dwingeloo
  • End of the road TR (De Steegde) - 1st road TL (DeWeijert/Weverslaan) – ROUSA (Weverslaan) – T junction TL (Valderseweg) - end of the road TR to. Spier (bicycle path alongside N855) - 1st road TL and immediately TR (Holtien/De Vennen) - end of the road TL (Lheebroek)
  • Lheebroek
  • Follow through traffic (Lheebroek/De Mussels) - end of the road TL to. Smilde (Beilervaart)
  • Brunsting
  • 1st road TL (Rheeveld)
  • Rheeveld
  • CSA under tunnel (Beilerstraat/Oosteinde)
  • Hijken
  • CR TR (Brink) - CR SA to. Hooghalen (Halerweg/Hijkerweg) – end of the road TL (De Streek/Suermondsweg)
  • Smilde
  • End of the road TR to. Assen (Hoofdstraat)
  • Bovensmilde
  • 2nd road TR to. Witterzomer (Schoolstraat/Witterzomer)
  • Witten
  • Follow bicycle path towards tunnel (Veenpad) - follow bicycle path (Europaweg tunnel) - end of bicycle path TR (cross Stadsbroek) - 1st road TR (Kortbossen) - 1st road LA
  • Finish: Regionaal Wielercentrum Regio Noord Assen (“Regional Cycling Centre North Assen Region”)

Legend route description:

CR = crossroad
TL = turn left
KL = keep left
to. = towards
TJ = T junction
TR = turn right
KR = keep right
le. = left
ROU = roundabout
SA = straight ahead
CSA = continue straight ahead
ri. = right
TrL = traffic light

End point: Kortbossen 5
9405 BM Assen