Flint Route


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2 hour 3 minutes (45.0 km)

Experience Drenthe from on high by climbing the watchtower on the Poolshoogte hill in the forestry of Odoorn. You can go on an expedition in UNESCO Geopark De Hondsrug. Did you know that there are no fewer than 52 dolmens in Drenthe? You come across the most impressive ones on the De Hondsrug-Hunzevallei route. For a fascinating closer look at the history of these dolmens, dismount at the Dolmen Centre in Borger.

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Experience Drenthe from on high by climbing the watchtower on the Poolshoogte hill in the forestry of Odoorn. You can go on an expedition in UNESCO Geopark De Hondsrug. Did you know that there are no fewer than 52 dolmens in Drenthe? You come across the most impressive ones on the De Hondsrug-Hunzevallei route. For a fascinating closer look at the history of these dolmens, dismount at the Dolmen Centre in Borger.

 Borger is the departure point of this 41.5-kilometre-long cycling route. The largest dolmen in the Netherlands is in Borger. It will always remain fascinating to think that people five thousand years ago were able to use such large boulders to build their graves. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in Borger’s Hoofdstraat; then, continue your cycling route at the “dolmen centre” (Hunebedcentrum)—the perfect place to get to know everything there is to know about dolmens in the Netherlands.

 The route starts in Borger by the Hunebedcentrum (“dolmen centre”). There is usually plenty of parking place in the car park along Hunebedstraat.

Sights on this route

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Hunebedcentrum

The Hunebedcentrum in Borger on the Hondsrug sand ridge of Drenthe takes you back to prehistoric times when the first farmers settled in Drenthe

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Dolmen D27

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Dolmen D31

This is a special dolmen located between Exloo and Valthe. The existence of this dolmen is not very well known and it is not well cared for.

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Dolmen D36 and D37

These dolmens are also called 'The Valther Twins'. They are located a few meters from each other on a generous terrain with large beautiful trees. The terrain is located on the edge of the valley the Kampervenen.

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Dolmen D34

What is striking about this dolmen is that the stones are very low to the ground. It is incomplete because stone robbers have struck their blow here.

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Dolmen D32

When you go looking for this dolmen you first come along a farm. Here is a sign indicating where you can find the dolmen. If you follow the sandy path you will end up on a plot with some trees where the old dolmen lies.

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Dolmen D30

This dolmen stands at an intersection of forest paths. It was excavated in 1918 by the Groningen archaeologist Van Giffen. He found fragments of pottery outside the dolmen, a sign that people here used to make sacrifices or have meals for the dead.

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Drouwenerzand

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Dolmen D21 and D22

At the village of Bronneger north of Borger you can find no less than five dolmens. Dolmen D21 is the most beautiful dolmen of the five because it is very complete and because most archaeological finds have been made.

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Dolmen D23, D24 and D25

There are two places where you can find three dolmens together, Emmen and Bronneger. These dolmens form a triangle, although this is no longer clearly visible because of the vegetation around the dolmens.

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Directions

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    • An interesting departure point for this route is Borger. No fewer than eleven dolmens can be found in and around Borger. It’s no surprise Borger is often referred to as the dolmen capital of the Netherlands. The largest dolmen in the Netherlands can be found along Bronnegerstraat; twenty-three supporting stones carry the weight of nine capstones—some of which weigh more than 20,000 kilograms. 
    • From Borger, cycle towards Drouwen. The landscape alternates between spacious and forested. En route to the village of Drouwen, near to the hamlet of Bronneger, five dolmens are clumped together. One of these dolmens (the one furthest west) is probably the one that is photographed most often, owing to an oak tree has nestled into it.
    • The village of Drouwen is home to many charming farms. To the north of the small village lies Drouwenerzand. One hundred and fifty years ago, this was a wild sand dune, which threatened to subsume the small village. Pine forests were planted at the start of the 20th century to prevent this from happening. (Incidentally, a small part of the sand dune still remains.) 
    • The history of Drenthe’s farmers is represented more often along the so-called Flint Route. In the village of Borger, several farms in the modern village centre remind one of the village’s agricultural past. Along the remainders of the church brink, the striking medieval church tower has managed to hold its ground amid newer buildings.
    • The expansive forests surrounding Exloo and Odoorn also have their own history to tell. At the start of the 20th century, unemployed peat labourers and poor farmers were put to work to reclaim these former heaths, and plant trees. Today, the forestry of Odoorn is home to a sheep park, where hundreds of sheep graze. The objective in the park is to use the grazing sheep to recover the heath. Don’t forget to stop off at the watchtower atop the Poolshoogte hill.
    • A great place to have a rest is Eppiesbergje. This stone age burial mound is along the road between Odoorn and Valthe. The history of the burial mound is displayed on an information board. From here, you can enjoy magnificent views over the expansive landscape.
    • There is a delightful sheepfold along Exloo’s Hoofdstraat. Every day, the shepherd takes his herd of sheep onto heathland Molenveld.
    • For the (grand)children, Kabouterland (“gnome land”) is a great place to take a break from cycling! In this twilight-lit, giant “rabbit hole,” the youngest among us can spy on the lives of gnomes and small animals. 
  • From Exloo, the route returns to Borger. High sandy soils with small esdorpen and forests, expansive peat settlements—the Flint Route is a lovely, varied bicycle route through De Hondsrug and Hunzevallei!
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