Stroomdal cycling route.

3 hours 10 minutes (48.0 km)
Managed by: Recreatieschap Drenthe

You are sure to meet some Drenthe Heath Sheep if you cycle near the Balloërveld. This area is home to a large flock of sheep. The water, heathland and sand drifts, as well as the many little bridges in the stream valley make for very pleasant surroundings for a bike ride. The idyllic farm villages of Anloo, Balloo and Taarlo are also definitely worth a visit, as are the splendid village greens of Zuidlaren and Rolde.

This route through the Beek- en Esdorpenlandschap Drentsche Aa National Park leads you along the riverbed. The river is named after the village it passes. Only after it crosses the border into the province of Groningen does it go by the name Drentsche Aa. This cycling route guides you past the Loonerdiep, Taarlosche Diep, Oudemolensche Diep and Schipborgsche Diep, to name but a few.

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You are sure to meet some Drenthe Heath Sheep if you cycle near the Balloërveld. This area is home to a large flock of sheep. The water, heathland and sand drifts, as well as the many little bridges in the stream valley make for very pleasant surroundings for a bike ride. The idyllic farm villages of Anloo, Balloo and Taarlo are also definitely worth a visit, as are the splendid village greens of Zuidlaren and Rolde.

This route through the Beek- en Esdorpenlandschap Drentsche Aa National Park leads you along the riverbed. The river is named after the village it passes. Only after it crosses the border into the province of Groningen does it go by the name Drentsche Aa. This cycling route guides you past the Loonerdiep, Taarlosche Diep, Oudemolensche Diep and Schipborgsche Diep, to name but a few.

This cycling route (Stroomdal cycling route) spans 48 kilometres and leads you past a variety of Drenthe’s highlights.

The route starts in Loon. This old village with village green has plenty of parking available.

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Locations on this route

Start point : 9409 Loon

Dolmen D15

9409 Loon

Dolmen D6

9482 Tynaarlo

Dolmen D16

9458 Balloo

Drents Museum

Brink 1
9401 HS Assen
End point: 9409 Loon

Directions

Start point : 9409 Loon
  • Time seems to have stood still in the old village of Loon, With its many types of farmsteads. One of the unique farmsteads (at Markeweg 2) has tresses that are known to date all the way back to around 1500. One dolmen is hidden among the fields to the north of the village.
  • The cycling route continues towards Zeegse and on to Noorlaren. The Zuidlaardermeer might not be directly on the route, but is certainly worth a visit. The lake spans more than 671 hectares, with some 120 hectares taken up by river banks and reedlands. The area was much larger in the past. At the start of the twentieth century, the flood plains - marshy land that was flooded regularly - where subject to reclamation, lending the Zuidlaardermeer the shape it is today. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy yourself on and around the lake: there are boat trips, or you could hire a boat for rowing, sailing or speedboating.
  • The village of Noordlaren (in Groningen: Noordloaren) is within the municipality of Haren, in the province of Groningen, to the north of Zuidlaren and Midlaren. Noordlaren and Zuidlaren are situated in different municipalities, different provinces even.
  • Noordlaren is a small village with around 800 inhabitants. As depicted on the village flag, this characteristic village has three historical attractions: the church, the mill and the dolmen. The Zuidlaardermeer borders the village to the east. On the west, the Noordlaarderbos with the Drentsche Aa behind it.
  • The village is known throughout the country for its ice-skating marathon on natural ice. As is tradition, the first marathon of the new season on natural ice is attempted at the Noordlaren ice rink.
  • The Stroomdal cycling route continues towards Zuidlaren via Midlaren.
  • You will surely be tempted to stop over at Zuidlaren as soon as you approach the village. A visit to Zuidlaren would not be complete without a ‘personal’ meeting with Berend Botje (the subject of a Dutch nursery rhyme). Zuidlaren has seven village greens. The green in the middle of the village is hard to miss: if you look closely, you might think there are two greens. The first green is full of trees and signifies the spot where a (horse) market has been help for more than 800 years. The other village green hoses the church and is surrounded by stately architecture, achieved thanks to generations of rich people from Groningen who are fleeing their city. Visit the museum mill De Wachter. There are twelve steam engines in total for you to marvel at. The mill also features a foundry, an artisan bakery, a clogmaker and a museum shop from 1890.
  • Be in awe of the natural beauty around Zeegse. Forests, heathland and sand drifts offer plenty of opportunities for having a good time. The Drentsche Aa meanders through the meadows here. The grasslands along the banks, full of flowers, provide a breath-taking scene during summer months. Most of the Drentsche Aa riverbed is included in the Stroomdallandschap Drentsche Aa landscape reserve.
  • Taarlo: the small village of Taarlo is counted among one of the oldest villages in Drenthe. A number of sources mention Taarlo as early as 820. The village has remained small and there are still several old farmsteads around the village green. In the past, the Dobbe on the green served as a drinking place for cattle.
  • The Balloërveld shows traces of even earlier habitation. It is likely that the area possessed extraordinary allure for the prehistoric people, as the century-old evidence suggests. The burial mounds on the field are extremely valuable. These mound date back to the period from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. There are also some visible medieval cart tracks. Nowadays, around 400 Drenthe heathland sheep graze on the Balloërveld. This is where you can experience how large parts of Drenthe would have looked all those years ago: rugged and vast.
  • This small village in Drenthe must have been an important village once, for it was one of the three meeting places for the annual gathering by the Etstoel, the highest court in Drenthe.
  • From Balloo, the route continues towards Assen. To the left of the cycle path: the so-called Tumulibosch’ with its many burial mounds.
  • Time for a last stop in Drenthe’s capital city, Assen. A visit to the Drents Museum completes the Stroomdal cycling route. This is where you travel through time to experience what life was like in ancient times. The Drents Museum is a veritable chamber of discovery for children too. Prehistoric times are brought to life to create an exciting adventure that children will remember. There is also a central theme (for an exhibition) every year. It goes without saying that the museum holds a permanent collection of ‘art from the 1900s’.
  • Once your visit to Assen comes to an end, the route takes you back to the starting point in Loon.
End point: 9409 Loon