The Kielse Kei is a large boulder brought here from Scandinavia by the glaciers of the last ice age.
It is estimated that the boulder weighs 25,6 metric ton, which makes it the almost largest boulder of Drenthe.
The Kielse Kei is located in the woods. When you walk from de Kiel straight ahead into the forest you will find a small signpost to your left. Follow that path to reach the boulder.
From de Kiel it is only 5 minutes on foot before you reach the woods of 'Boswachterij Sleenerzand'.
When you enter the woods there is an info panel with a map and a signposted walking route starts here too. The blue 5 km route is nice if you have only a short time here.
But you can also buy a map and walk south to the monolithic grave called Papeloze Kerk.
Along the way you encounter all sorts of art. And hopefully you will see some birds or other animals.
The trees in Boswachterij Sleenerzand are planted around 1930. Since then it grew to a wooded area with dark patches of coniferous trees and lighter parts with trees with leaves. In between you will find some small pools and heathlands. From the ice ages there are still glacier pits and old boulders brought here by the glaciers to see.
There is only one restaurant in de Kiel, it is not easy to miss, because it is right along the main road. The owner calls it the best restaurant in de Kiel, but we think he might be little bit more bold and call it the best of the area.
The restaurant has an atmosphere that could not be described easily. There are decorations from all over the world, but there is also an old stove to give a homely impression.
We had lunch here on the outside terrace. On every table was a herb plant growing in a pot. The terrace is at the side of the restaurant sheltering it from the wind. The sandwiches and salad were very good.
Later that day we had dinner and we enjoyed the food again.