Flint Route

(41.5 km)
Managed by: Recreatieschap Drenthe

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 rou…

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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.

 The route follows the following cycling intersections: 43, 42, 40, 22, 24, 06, 38, 39, 09, 20, 23 and 28. This route can be shortened at the following cycling intersections: 22 and 24.

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Sights on this route

Starting point: Hunebedstraat 27
9531 JV Borger

Dolmen D21 and D22

9527 Bronneger

Hunebedcentrum

Hunebedstraat 27
9531 JV Borger

Drouwenerzand

Gasselterstraat 7
9533 PC DROUWEN

Hoofdstraat 34
9531 AG Borger

Hoofdstraat 25 A
9531 AB Borger

7873 TE Odoorn

Dolmen D32

7873 Odoorn

Valtherweg 1
7873 AB Odoorn

Odoorn

Hoofdstraat 11
7875 BW Exloo

Hoofdstraat 55 A
7875 AB Exloo

Hoofdstraat 22
7875 AC Exloo ‎
End point: Hunebedstraat 27
9531 JV Borger

Directions

Starting point: Hunebedstraat 27
9531 JV Borger
    • 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!
End point: Hunebedstraat 27
9531 JV Borger