Along Weel and Castle
44.4 km • Borsele
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Schansstraat 2, 4435 AJ Baarland, Nederland
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Begin your tour at the ruins of Hellenburg Castle, a historical gem that originated in the 14th century and was resurrected after many centuries in 1957. Be transported to times gone by as you explore the well-preserved foundations of the main castle and the outer castle, now proudly listed and open to the public.
Continue your bike ride toward Fort Ellewoutsdijk, an 1839 bastion that represents the region's rich military history. Managed by Vereniging Natuurmonumenten, this hexagonal fortification offers impressive bombproof rooms and a fascinating insight into the defense mechanism of the coastline of yesteryear. After a thorough refurbishment, the fort is a must-see for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.
Further along the route, you will also encounter "welen". These are former swamp holes that were created when the dikes breached. You cycle along the Brilletjesdijk past a few of these welen, towards Kwadendamme Station, a charming little station that is now part of the Goes - Borsele steam train. Here you can relive the nostalgia of the railroad, where goods and agricultural products once found their way to the rest of Zeeland. This unique route offers a diversity of cultural heritage sites, which will undoubtedly enrich you with new stories and insights.
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