A small village in the municipality of Smallingerland, centrally situated in the Northern triangle of the towns Leeuwarden, Groningen, Assen. Rottevalle is steeped in history. Plenty of history books about the village are available in the cottage if you are a history enthusiast. Brouwersgrêft, for instance, lies within the old village centre and existed long before the village got its name.
Rottevalle is a wonderful starting point for cycling and walking. Walking straight from the village into the Mûntsgroppe enables you to enjoy the Frisian landscape. West and middle Friesland being the place where you'll find lakes, this part of Friesland offers a different side: a wonderfully varied scenery of small-scale landscapes with beautiful woods, wooded banks, meadows and ditches. For supermarkets we must refer you to Surhuisterveen or Drachten (6 km approximately).
Walking and Cycling
Rottevalle is part of bicycle network ZuidOostFriesland (a cluster of connecting bicycle paths in South East Friesland). At the end of Brouwersgrêft you’ll find junction 99. An unmissable route is a tour around De Leyen which you can find on http://www.route.nl/fietsroute/115089/de-leijen.
Using the bicycle network you can cycle in every direction for just as long as you want. A cycle map is available in the cottage, showing all junctions in this area (for Rottevalle you have to use number 99 as a starting and finishing point).
Nearby Rottevalle, less than 1 km from the village, lies the beautiful lake of De Leyen. This lake came into being through peat cutting, that's why it is shallow in many places. A channel is running through the lake linking up with the Opeindervaart to Opeinde and with the river Lits to Oostermeer and Rottevalle. In the summertime the lake is a favourite spot for young and old. Not only do windsurfers find their way to De Leyen; when the weather is nice the little ones will also enjoy themselves on the beach and in the water.