Away from the canal tracks the route was fairly hilly and winds it’s way through the woodlands of Hoge Kempen National Park.
At around the 36 km mark I came across the old railway station at the former mining town of As.
Coal was discovered here in 1912 and the station with it’s Kolenspoor (coal tracks) was established in a clearing in the forest. The area is now a tourist attraction.
Here there is a collection of old railway rolling stock including several carriages painted with grafitti, commissioned by the municipality as works of art.
On the edge of the site is a 31 metre wooden observation tower, built in the style of the old mining towers that were once prominent in the area.