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Esperloop Tour


Walking tour through the Grotelsche heather, also known as the Grotelsche forest. The area consists of alternating forests, some small heaths and larger areas of grassland. The heathland area was planted with pines in the 1930s of the 20th century, as in so many places in Brabant. A few agricultural plots were added to the area in 2005, creating a nice combination of woodland with vistas and open grasslands.

Distance: 12 km.

Time: 3h00.

Grade: Easy.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: No info.

Trail: 82% unpaved.

Marking: See PDF route description.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Grotelsche Heide.

The meandering stream Esperloop flows through the Grotelsche Heide. The "Esperloop" rises from Milheeze from the "Snelle Loop", and flows back in after eight kilometers. In contrast to the "Snelle Loop", the stream has not been channeled over a large part, and as such is one of the rare examples of a more or less cool "heath" stream. Because an important part of the water in this stream comes from the zone along 'the Peelrand fracture', it contains a lot of iron, looks a little brown but is very clean. Furthermore, at the end of the hike as a place of interest in Bakel, one passes the post mill Sint Willibrordus from 1752.


Download PDf for route description.

Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - Sint Willibrordus mill.

The Sint Willibrordus mill is a closed post mill built in 1586 and is covered with oak shales. A dial has been painted under the awning of the hood with the dial at half past ten. In 1893 the mill was moved 50 meters to the west. The mill is on Achter de Molen in Bakel.

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