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Castles, sand and heather blossom – cycling Tours in the province of Limburg

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Castles, sand and heather blossom – cycling Tours in the province of Limburg

Bike Touring Collection by Jesko

21

Tours

65:12 h

682 mi

14,975 ft

In the northeastern part of Flanders, the province of Limburg is a true paradise for cyclists. The landscape is sparsely populated, close to nature and varied. The Hoge Kempen National Park is characterised by sandy soils and deep forests, the flowering splendour of the Mechelse Heide, historical cities such as Tongeren, Hasselt and Tienen, the waters of the Meuse and many lakes, rolling hills, green fields and blossoming orchards – all this connected by low-trafficked roads and bike paths. The regional cycling infrastructure is excellent and relatively flat. When it does go uphill, the climbs are never particularly steep or long.

Today, the historic Duchy of Limburg spans the Netherlands and Belgium. In this Collection, I show you some of the most beautiful bike Tours in the Belgian part of Limburg. In the past, coal mining was prolific in this region but the slag heaps have been rewilded and mines are a prime example of how former industrial landscapes can be transformed into recreational areas. Along the way, you also find numerous castles, small chapels and church villages with a rich history. As is typical in Belgium, numerous breweries in Limburg, often with an attached inn, are waiting for you. If you’re hungry and want to stop for a bite to eat, you never have to look far.

Most of the paths are asphalted. Some of the Tours also include short gravelled sections. They are designed for a classic touring bike, but a gravel or road bike with slightly wider tires is also ideal.

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    In Bruegel's footsteps – Bike rides in the province of Limburg

    Intermediate
    03:09
    33.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts on the outskirts of Peer, one of the presumed birthplaces of Pieter Bruegel. Unfortunately, this is not historically proven, like so many details from the life of the world-famous painter. We do know, however, that the Flemish master worked in this area. Some of his most famous paintings

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    32.6 mi
    10.7 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Cycling far away from traffic through wonderfully untouched nature - on this tour you move on narrow but well-paved paths through the forest, on disused railway lines and on the banks of canals, mostly completely without coming into contact with motorized road users. You cross all of the busier roads

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    32.1 mi
    10.4 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Two exciting natural landscapes meet here, Hespengau and Limburg Kempen. This results in a varied tour over sandy soils, through the dense forest, along orchards and through wide fields. The tour also combines these beautiful natural landscapes with the admonishing commemoration of the First World War

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    37.5 mi
    10.6 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The province of Limburg can look back on a long mining history. Industrial culture is an important part of regional identity. In addition, the former mines and heaps are an excellent example of how renaturation can succeed. The tour begins at the so-called B-mine in Beringen. On one of the heaps there

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    37.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round is mainly characterized by water in its many forms. You drive on the banks of canals and cross them on bridges, discover several lakes and even drive through the middle of the water. Yes, you've read that correctly. Don't worry, you won't get your feet wet. In the Provinciaal Domein Bokrijk

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  • Difficult
    03:20
    35.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    775 ft
    800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In the otherwise rather flat landscape of Limburg, the former mining area offers some short but sometimes demanding climbs. On this tour you can enjoy surprising foresight. It starts in the Kattevennen at the gates of Genk. The dense forests of the Hoge Kempen National Park provide the backdrop for a

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  • Difficult
    02:09
    22.8 mi
    10.6 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you through the beautiful heath and forest landscapes of the Hoge Kempen National Park. You circle the military area of Zutendaal in a wide arc, but you will probably not notice much of it. You start at the edge of Zutendaal and after a few minutes you will find yourself in the middle

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    34.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is slightly hilly and full of wide views of the Limburg countryside. It starts on the outskirts of Rijkhoven in front of the gates of the magnificent castle of Alden-Biesen. After a rapid descent, your ride through the gentle hills begins. You will soon reach Millen with its moated castle and

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    32.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Many Belgian cities proudly look back on a long history, but none of them is as old as Tongeren. As early as 15 BC, the Romans founded a military camp here, under whose protection a civilian settlement quickly developed. The camp disappeared, the settlement remained and grew over the centuries into an

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    33.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Magnificent orchards, shady forests, picturesque villages and magnificent castles characterize this tour north of Sint-Truiden. It's mostly flat and when you go uphill, it doesn't get particularly steep. A real pleasure tour. It starts in Alken, which is easily accessible by train. But you can also start

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    40.3 mi
    10.7 mph
    500 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.

    The Maas not only forms the border between Belgium and the Netherlands, it also connects a region that has grown together culturally over centuries. The mighty river has always been one of Limburg's lifelines. This 65-kilometer tour brings you closer to the landscapes on both sides of the river. If it

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    36.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,000 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour, which runs south of Sint-Truiden, you will discover, among other things, historically extremely important Gallo-Roman burial mounds that are almost 2,000 years old. With a length of almost 60 kilometers, it is ideal for an exciting day tour. Since it consists of two loops, you can easily

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    27.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It starts at the so-called C-mine in Winterslag. An important cultural center arose here after the mining was abandoned. In addition, the mighty spoil heap of the former coal mine rises here. It is equally popular with hikers and mountain bikers and also serves as a destination in the otherwise rather

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  • Easy
    01:42
    17.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost completely car-free tour takes you on natural paths through a green landscape that boasts a large number of large and small lakes. You cover a large part of this on a former railway line that has been converted into a cycle path. It couldn't be more carefree! To the left and right of this

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    37.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Although this tour is largely flat, you will be presented with a very special highlight right at the start and finish, on which you can cycle high up. The project "Fietsen door de bomen" makes it possible. A spectacular cycle path has been created here, which winds its way up into the treetops. The experience

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    38.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Living industrial history and all the splendor of nature - this tour combines the two apparent opposites that Limburg stands for and shows you how seamlessly they sometimes merge into one another today. The start is at the Beringen B-mine, a successful example of the renaturation and conversion of a

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    34.2 mi
    10.6 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Forests, heathland, sand dunes, water and free-roaming animals - pure nature awaits you in the northern part of the Hoge Kempen National Park. From Neerglabbeek you explore this part of the unique area in the heart of Limburg. Shortly after Opitter, a longer section awaits you directly on the bank of

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    24.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A trip to the Voerstreek is always worthwhile. Yes, Voeren is also part of Limburg. As a Flemish exclave within Wallonia and located directly on the Dutch border, there are exciting insights into a beautiful region that plays a special role in the cultural melting pot of the border area. The landscape

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  • Difficult
    03:22
    33.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    As the name suggests, this tour is for real connoisseurs. After all, what would a bike tour through Limburg be without a break with the typical beer and cheese that Limburg is so famous for? You will find what you are looking for at the Benedictine Abbey of Achel, located right on the border between

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  • Intermediate
    02:16
    23.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of this tour is between Kerniel and Gors-Opleeuw, not far from Borgloon. On your journey through the slightly hilly landscape you will pass extensive orchards. The cultivation of apples and pears has a long tradition here, as does the production of stroop, a thick fruit syrup that

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    21
  • Distance
    682 mi
  • Duration
    65:12 h
  • Elevation
    14,975 ft

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