Relaxation is the order of the day on this tour: picnics at the Gildehauser Venn conservation area, breaks for coffee and cake, and swims in Lake Vechtesee.
The tour gets off to a fine start at Burg Bentheim. This castle dates back over a thousand years and affords glorious views over open countryside. The route then criss-crosses the whole of Bentheim County in Lower Saxony, featuring highlights such as the Gildehauser Venn conservation area and the Ems-Vechte Canal. It passes through dense forests and lush meadows to places of historical interest such as the pretty town of Nordhorn, which has a long tradition of textile production. The little harbours, canals, locks and watermills of the Vechte give this circular route a charm of its own. The river wends its way through the region until, just outside Nordhorn, it flows into a lake where you can end your tour with a swim.
Terrain: Mainly flat on quiet roads and tarmac paths, some gravel and sand paths, a few climbs in Bad Bentheim and Uelsen.
Scenery: The route runs through largely flat terrain, meadows, fields and forests, and on towpaths – historical paths that were built for pack animals to pull freight boats upriver. Other features of the route include windmills, watermills, castles and canals.
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