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Peel Path - Stage 22a

Peel path

This alternative stage from Elsendorp to Sint Anthonis, the latter more easily accessible by public transport, goes through the Krim, Bunthorst and Groote Slink estates and through the Sint Anthonis forest.

Distance: 19 km.

Time: 4h30.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Point to point.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: Flat.

Trail: 87% unpaved.

Marking: See PDF route description.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Defense Canal.

Elsendorp is a peat mining town that arose after Samuel Cornelis van Musschenbroek, who founded the Maatschappij tot Ontginning van de Peel and founded two model farms in 1891 on the site of the current Elsendorp. One of them was called De Dompt and this was also the original name for the mining village. Sint Anthonis is an ancient village located on a sandy ridge on the edge of the former Peel area. The landscape through which one walks is part of a large-scale reclamation area of De Peel. The Crimea consists of coniferous forests and heaths, with these "heaths" one gets a good impression of what it once looked like here. The Bunthorst is an area with an alternation of forest, heath and farmland, through which avenues run with beech and American oak. De Groote Slink also consists of an alternation of forest, heath and agricultural land, but is laid out in an English landscape style. In the Groote Slink, the stage goes along the Slink pound and the Diepe Slink, which has been dug into a meandering fen. Near the fen is an ice cellar, which today serves as a residence for bats. The Peel Canal is followed on the edge of the Sint Anthonis forest. The Peel Canal or Defense Canal was dug in the Peel in 1939 as part of the Peel-Raamstelling. The canal reaches to the Raam, a small river above Mill. It served as a drainage canal and anti-tank ditch, so it was soon given the name Defense Canal. In the Sint Anthonis forest the stage goes around the peeling, a beautiful old fen that unfortunately has dried up in recent years.

Peel path

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Map & Poi's.