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Waterside rides in Belgium – Iconic cycle routes in Flanders

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Waterside rides in Belgium – Iconic cycle routes in Flanders

Bike Touring Collection by VISITFLANDERS

7

Tours

21:56 h

229 mi

3,100 ft

Three iconic cycle routes have been unveiled to showcase the breathtaking beauty and rich culture of the Flanders region of Belgium: the Scheldt, Meuse, and Coastal routes. These enchanting trails explore vast landscapes, historic treasures, wildlife havens, cycling community hotspots, gastronomic delights and much more in the Dutch-speaking area of Belgium's north.

Connected by picturesque waterways, these cycle paths make for fabulous adventures. There is always a refreshing breeze, especially by the sea, to fill the senses and invigorate the soul. The perfect combination of culture, pleasure and nature awaits as you ride along the Scheldt river, the Meuse river and Belgium's north coast. So, as they say in Flemish: “Veel plezier met de fiets!” (Have fun with your bike!)

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:43
    40.0 mi
    10.8 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The most difficult thing about the Scheldt Route is deciding where to picnic. Next to old churches? In a former swimming pool? Or along the ancient arms of the Scheldt river, with their romantic atmosphere and rare fauna and flora?

    On this ride, you can refresh yourself with a delicious cherry beer in one of many spellbinding locations. With Oudenaarde …

  • Intermediate
    03:52
    42.7 mi
    11.0 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On day two of the Scheldt route, some of the most beautiful castles and natural landscapes in Flanders await you. The tour starts in the port city of Ghent. Be sure to fortify yourself with a hearty breakfast. Vegans and vegetarians are particularly well catered for as Ghent is considered a veggie stronghold. Be sure to pack some Ghent Neusjes …

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    36.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third and final stage of the Scheldt Route explores some of the most extraordinary places in Flanders. Expect to be inspired and amazed as you explore the region’s oldest tidal mill, largest floodplain and most fashionable city.

    To begin, the ride affords plenty of nature, open space and tranquility. It ends with international trends, modern architecture and Flemish traditions …

  • Intermediate
    03:01
    31.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    400 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Do you have a few days to spare and feel like crossing the border? Then we recommend the Meuse Route to you. If you want to discover the complete beauty of the Meuse river from source to mouth, there is a 1,000-kilometre (621 mi) cycle path winding its way from Langres in France to the Hook of Holland.

    However, on …

  • Intermediate
    02:00
    20.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Awe-inspiring history awaits on the second part of our Meuse Route. You start in one of the most beautiful villages in Flanders, Oud-Rekem, which boasts a Renaissance castle that is second to none. However, this is not the only castle on your route today.

    At the bridge of Vroenhoven you can learn about the outbreak of the Second World War, …

  • Intermediate
    02:58
    30.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    400 ft
    350 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Are you looking for the perfect combination of nature, maritime history and culture? Do you enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and crave the invigorating charm of the coast? If so, this route will satisfy your desire for new horizons.

    Here, you can follow the sun kissed coast as crashing waves break against the shoren. You cycle along the beach with …

  • Intermediate
    02:59
    28.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On day two of this coastal adventure, you will get to know the rich history of maritime life: from the Roman city of Oudenburg to medieval Nieuwpoort, but also from the Belle Epoque nostalgia in De Haan to the typical post-war architecture of Ostend.

    The coastal fishermen bring fresh fish and crabs ashore in the harbours and our North Sea …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    229 mi
  • Duration
    21:56 h
  • Elevation
    3,100 ft

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