De Aarlese Beemden
The field name 'Beemd' is used in North Brabant to refer to meadows in a stream valley. This means that it was originally a wet hayfield. The area was part of the lowland stream the Aa. Little can be found of this biotope anymore. It has been cut off from the stream valley by the 2 canals that cut through Laarbeek. Around 1824 the south Willemsvaart was dug and a century later the Wilhelmina canal. Construction of the Eindhoven Northern Ring Road is the next threat to this area. The reasonably large biodiversity is caused by the fact that the Beemd has escaped large-scale agriculture. It is currently managed by small hobby farmers. The parcel division within the area has existed for more than 200 years. The IVN, Laarbeek department, has manages an area of 1½ ha.
Sights on this route
Route 1: From Kouwenberg 37 in Aarle-Rixtel (walking route 99) via the Dorpsstraat to walking route 8.
Route 2: From the marina on the Havenweg in Aarle-Rixtel (walking junction 6) to the Wilhelminalaan.