This round trip through Twente takes you on a real journey through time and shows you this region’s rich history. As well as being a cultural trip, a weekend in Twente is also an escape into nature. You cycle past beautiful moorland fens, through lush green forests, along the meandering Dinkel River and through centuries-old villages with imposing churches and basilicas.
VisitTwente has set out this route to replace the defunct LF Rondje Twente. The LF network of cycle routes in the Netherlands is gradually being completely redesigned. The well-known signposted long-distance cycle routes are being renewed and the iconic green signs are being removed. But don't worry, beautiful cycle routes will replace them, just like this one!
I have divided this 195-kilometre (121-mile) Collection into three Tours. At the end of each ride, there are different accommodation options. It doesn’t matter which direction you choose to cycle the route. You ride along good cycle paths with the occasional gravel or sandy path. For the average cyclists, the terrain is easy. The route is signposted and you can of course choose to cycle it in more or less days. There are campsites, B&Bs and hotels along the entire route.
Twente is situated in the very east of the Netherlands near the German border. The easiest way to reach the starting point of the route is by car. Free parking is available at the Stadsweide car park. If you travel by public transport, I recommend catching a train from Oldenzaal and starting your journey from Day 2. If you follow the route, you’ll arrive back in Oldenzaal to finish.
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The day is off to a good start and the birds are singing towards you in the Boerskotten nature reserve. The chiffchaff, song thrush and hawfinch whistle in the foliage of the forest. The rare black woodpecker plays the drums and completes the morning orchestra when he carves a hole in the tree with his beak.Before the village of De Lutte, you pass the tree park Arboretum Poort Bulten, with more than 2500 different types of trees and shrubs! After less than five kilometers it might be a bit fast to get off the bike now, but you shouldn't miss a short walk on the winding paths.When you pick up the route again, you first cycle along the track, but after you have crossed De Dinkel, the track and the highway, you leave the crowds behind. In Het Lutterzand, De Dinkel forms the capricious boundary between lower-lying river valley grasslands and an extensive, higher-lying drifting sand area.