This circular tour runs for 220 kilometres through the County of Bentheim, linking to a further 25 circuits of between 22 and 58 kilometres in length, which makes it ideal for tours divided into one-day stages and excursions into the Netherlands. This extensive network of cycle paths is a great way to experience the different sides of the region. The scenery is characterised by a mix of forest, meadows, heathland and fields, as well as the Vechte river and a number of lakes and canals. The region also has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions such as the almost 1,000-year-old Bentheim Castle. Terrain: the tour runs mainly on asphalt or paved trails, but there are also surfaces of crushed brick/stone and gravel. Routes are mainly away from busy roads. Lower Bentheim is largely flat, with just a few hilly stretches and gentle climbs in the Uelsen/Lönsberg region. Around Bad Bentheim/Gildehaus there are some short stretches with steep ascents. Scenery: varied countryside in a rural region including woodland, riverscapes, canals, heathland and meadowland. Cultivated wetlands in the north-east of the county.