Tumulibos and Sleenerzand Walks

July 2017

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While visiting the Netherlands, I spent a wonderful warm sunny day in the province of Drenthe, walking in two areas noted for their megalithic remains. I started by taking the bus from Assen to Tumulibos, an area of woodland containing numerous Bronze Age grave mounds. From there, it was a short walk to Kampheide where there were more grave mounds, then half a kilometre north to the wonderful Balloo hunebed (D16).

Another short bus trip—to Schoonoord—brought me to the start of a splendid walk through the Sleenerzand, visiting the Papeloze Kerk (hunebed D49), the Galgenberg, memorials to two aircraft shot down during WW2, and the amazing Noord Sleen hunebed D50. Finally, I took the bus into Emmen and visited two more notable hunebedden, the Langgraaf (D43) and Emmerdennen (D45).

One of the large grave mounds in Tumulibos
Offerberg grave mound west of Tumulibos
One of the large grave mounds at Kampheide
The Kampsheide Pingoruine (kettle-hole lake)
Hunebed D16 Balloo
The avenue of trees leading to Hunebed D49
Hunebed D49 (Papeloze Kerk)
Hunebed D49 (Papeloze Kerk)
Hunebed D49 (Papeloze Kerk)
Walking through the Sleenerzand Woodlands
Galgenberg - site of a mediaeval gallows
A view of Galgenberg from the heathland
Sign to WW2 Aircraft Monument
Aircraft Monument - Information Board
Monument to crew who perished in the May 1943 aircraft crash
Commemorative Stone for Parachutist Pilot in November 1944
Hunebed D50 in Noord Sleen
Hunebed D50 in Noord Sleen
Hunebed D50 in Noord Sleen
Rotonde junction in Noord Sleen
The bus halt in Noord Sleen
Hunebed D43 in Emmen
the Langgraf
Hunebed D43 in Emmen
the Langgraf
Hunebed D44 Emmerdennen (in Emmen)