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Roldertoren route

2 hour 30 minutes (50.0 km)
Managed by: Recreatieschap Drenthe

The Roldertorenroute runs straight through the ‘Drentsche Aa’ national park and features a number of dolmens. The village green at the picturesque village of Rolde is the site of dolmens D17 and D18. Dolmen D18 is one of the largest surviving dolmens.

The Roldertoren cycling route literally takes you to new heights. This route leads you along the famous Boomkroonpad (Tree Crown path), where you can enjoy the stunning surroundings from up to 22 metres above ground. The majority of the route runs through the forestry near the beautiful villages of Grolloo, Drouwen and Borger.

This cycling route (the Roldertoren route) spans 49 kilometres and leads you past a variety of Drenthe’s highlights.

The route starts in Rolde. There is plenty of parking available near the starting point.

The route includes the following bicycle hub points: 73, 71, 65, 55, 61, 02, 42, 40, 94, 86, 83, 80, 96, 95, 37, 79, 53, 09, 23, 69

This route can be shortened at the following hub points: 65, 55, 61, 86, 83, 84, 53

Sights on this route

Hoofdstraat 11
9451 BA Rolde

Hoofdstraat 11
9451 BA Rolde

Grolloërstraat 1
9451 KA Rolde

Rolde

Grote Brink 24
9451 BR Rolde
Rolde

Rolde

Grote Brink 24
9451 BR Rolde
Rolde

Grote Brink 25 -
9451 BP Rolde

Dolmen D17 and D18

9451 Rolde
Dolmen D17 and D18
73 71

Nijend 6
9465 TR Anderen
65

Staatsbos
9461TW Gieten
55

Houtvester Jansenweg 1
9462 TB Gasselte
61 02

Dorpsstraat 5
9462 PJ Gasselte

Dolmen D19 and D20

9533 Drouwen
Dolmen D19 and D20
42

Dolmen D27

9531 Borger
Dolmen D27

Hunebedcentrum

Hunebedstraat 27
9531 JV Borger
Hunebedcentrum

Hunebedstraat
9531 JV Borger

Hunebedstraat 2
9531 JV Borger

Hoofdstraat 34
9531 AG Borger
94 86

Steenhopenweg 4
9533 PN Drouwen
83 80

Amerweg 21
9444 PC grolloo
96 95 37 79 53

Deurze 10
9457 TB Deurze
09 23

Asserstraat 63
9451 TA Rolde

Balloo
9458 TC Balloo

Tumuliboslaan
9451 TC Rolde
69

Kamps 1
9451 TB Rolde

Wilhelminalaan 7
9451 AG Rolde
70

Stationsstraat 16
9451 AJ Rolde

Kerkbrink 5
9451 AL Rolde

Kerkbrink 7
9451 AL Rolde

Hoofdstraat 11
9451 BA Rolde

Directions

Hoofdstraat 11
9451 BA Rolde
  • Dolmens, a church, a mill, meadows, farmland, village greens, farms and even some less predictable sights: Rolde has it all. Rolde also has plenty of great places to eat or drink. In short, it is an excellent starting point for the ‘Roldertoren’ cycling route. When you immerse yourself in the history of Rolde, the year 1232 stands out. Along with the town of Balloo, Rolde played an important role in Drenthe during medieval times. Rolde was the ‘capital’ of Drenthe and until 1688, it was one of the three meeting places where the Etstoel, the highest court in Drenthe, would hold its annual gatherings. The current church with its imposing tower was built in the 15th century. The church’s neighbours are probably the two most famous dolmens in Drenthe. Fun fact: in 1925, almost a century ago, the TT circuit of more than 28 kilometres ran along a long triangular route from Rolde to Borger, via Westdorp to Schoonloo and from there via Grolloo back to Rolde.
  • Start the route with a coffee and treat in Rolde and then set off for Anderen.
  • Anderen is very quiet, to a degree that is unusual for the Netherlands, with its large and immaculate farmsteads in green surroundings. Anderen is home to ‘De Eenheid’, an old dairy that has stood unused since 1908. Many villages used have their own dairies, until paved roads and motorised vehicles signalled the end of production for dozens of small dairies in Drenthe. It was much more efficient to for dairy processing to occur in a centralised location, such as at Domo in Beilen.
  • The area between Rolde and Grolloo can be described as beautiful farmers’ country. There are fields of potatoes and beets, of grains and sunflowers. Nurseries with garden plants and berries, and breath-taking orchards. And of course, the inevitable meadows with cows and sheep. In amongst all this beauty, there are splendid heathlands, tranquil forests and marshy brook valleys in Forestry Area Gieten-Borger.
  • The route continues towards Gasselte, a village that dates back to around 1309. The whitewashed reformed church in the village dates back to the fourteenth century.
  • The magnificent nature between Drouwen and Borger offers a huge variety of landscapes: sand, heath, farmland, meadows, a canal with bridges and weirs, forest, flat and undulating land and a good few dolmens. The Drouwenerzand is a stalwart of wilderness surrounded by extraction sites.
  • If you would like to experience the woods from a different perspective, a stroll along the Boomkroonpad (Tree Crown path) is a great idea. It is situated near the village of Drouwen. This path takes you high into the tops of the trees. This outdoor centre is also home to Play Forest Lorken.
  • There are five dolmens located close to one another to the west of Bronneger. Some of the dolmens are pristine, while for some, only a few rocks remain. There are indications that dolmens not only served as graves, but were also used as territorial markings. Building a dolmen was a message from one tribe to the world: ‘we live here, these farmlands are ours - keep out!’
  • On the outskirts of Borger is the ‘Hunebedcentrum’ (Dolmen Centre), located next to the largest dolmen in the Netherlands with a length of 25 metres. The Hunebedcentrum in Borger showcases a great permanent and informative exhibition on the Dutch dolmens and the Funnelbeaker Culture.
  • The route takes you to Grolloo via the Drouwenerveld. Blues singer Harry Muskee lived in a cottage in Grolloo for many years and his band Cuby & the Blizzards used the place for rehearsals. This cottage became a museum in 2011 to honour Cuby & the Blizzards. The name naam Grollo (with one "o") was used in the title of a Cuby & the Blizzards album: Groeten uit Grollo (Greetings from Grollo). There is a bust of Muskee in the centre of the village. Moreover, one of the first climbing parks in the Netherlands is near Grolloo. Various trails and courses with obstacles and zipwires challenge you to move through the forest and over the Kleine Moeren lake.
  • The small village of Amen was founded as early as 944. The name has no Christian connotations, but probably refers to a settlement along the small river Aam, no longer in existence.
  • The route takes you via Ekehaar, Nijlande and the Deurzerdiep, back towards Rolde.
  • On the way, you will come across the Tumulibosch forest containing more than 35 burial mounds dating back to the Iron Age. The last highlight along this cycling route is the Balloerkuil. This mystical pit is said to be where jurisprudence was carried out in the past. However, archaeological investigation has shown that this is not the original pit.
  • The route now takes you back to the starting location in Rolde.

Hoofdstraat 11
9451 BA Rolde
73
71
65
55
61
02
42
94
86
83
80
96
95
37
79
53
09
23
69
70