Named after the breathtaking nature reserve "de Verheven Peel," the Geopad Verheven Peel guides you along the Fracture zone, starting from Wilbersput on the border of Deurne and Peel en Maas, through the peat area of 't Molentje, and into the high peat area of Verheven Peel itself. This area is literally elevated, situated at a higher level and naturally very moist. But how can it be both high and wet? That's due to the Fracture zone and Tegelenbreuk, deep underground. As a result, water cannot seep down, creating unique phenomena such as "wijst," peat, seepage, and even high peat. But how can it be so high and wet? That's due to the Peel Boundary Fault and the Tegelen Fault, which lie deep underground. As a result, water cannot seep downward, creating unique phenomena such as "wijst," peat, and seepage, and even high moorlands. Because the area is so unique, efforts are underway to obtain the Geopark status in 2025. For more information about the UNESCO status of Geopark Peelhorst + Maasvallei, click here.
During your cycling tour, you'll encounter 21 information points where QR codes provide detailed explanations about the geological characteristics of the area and how they contributed to the formation of the high peat area of Verheven Peel, including Deurnse Peel, Mariapeel, and other smaller remnants of the Peel. An extensive information booklet is available at the Hart van Limburg webshop, various tourist information offices (VVV), and recreational businesses in the three municipalities: Deurne, Peel en Maas, and Horst aan de Maas.