De Mortel


De Mortel is a church village of the municipality of Gemert-Bakel in North Brabant. On January 1, 2007, the village had 1547 inhabitants.

As in many Brabant villages, in De Mortel the 1904 church is iconic. Along the thoroughfare is a statue depicting the Mortel pig farmer, "The Bear Leader." This statue is one of the many creations of the Gemert artist Toon Grassens. The built-up area is announced with a sign bearing the motto "De Mortel a (h)real village.

Many activities take place on the village meadow with an octagonal kiosk on top. De Mortel is surrounded by an agricultural cultural landscape with forests, fields and stream valleys. There are numerous bicycle and hiking trails. The "Mortels ommetje" is a bicycle route through the village and the outlying area.

In the woods of De Mortel on Hemelsbleekweg stands a 128-meter tall tower belonging to KPN.

Manege The Black Water

Riding school Het Zwarte Water
Our riding school is extremely suitable for practicing equestrian sports in the broadest sense of the word for both beginning and advanced riders. We have three riding halls, two outdoor riding arenas with Agterberg soil and large riding possibilities. The many facets of horseback riding are practiced here at our recreation center including dressage, jumping and free style. We have room for both competition and recreational riders. There are also weekly competitions.

Equestrian Center The Step

Pony and horse stables De Stap, both human and animal friendly
Welcome to the website of the riding school De Stap! Here you can find information about our pony and horse stables and their activities.
Our focus is both horse and animal friendly. With this in mind we can teach you or your child(ren) how to handle horses and eventually how to ride a horse. We do this with the help of our certified instructors.
We also offer a large number of horse and pony stables for rent. Here we do our best to care for your four-legged friend so well that he or she will feel at home.


Herb Garden the Sprenk

The Sprenk

"De Sprenk" is the knowledge and training center in the field of health-promoting herbs, wild plants and nutrition. This both the cultivation and processing of these plants.



The Heerlijckheid Gemert-Bakel consists of 7 Church villages. Gemert, Bakel, De Mortel, Handel, Elsendorp, De Rips and Milheeze. Each village has its own rich history. Each village here is unique. Click here for a short introductory film about Gemert-Bakel:'Kom ook naar Gemert-Bakel'. It is definitely worthwhile to come and visit the church villages. For a day out, a weekend trip or an overnight stay in nature. In Gemert-Bakel there is plenty for adults and children to see, do and experience.


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