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A cycling adventure through Belgium – Flanders Cycle Route

A cycling adventure through Belgium – Flanders Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by VISITFLANDERS

16

Tours

52:07 h

537 mi

11,650 ft

The Flanders Cycle Route takes you on a cycling adventure through Flanders in Belgium. The 16-stage loop runs for 800 kilometres (500 miles) through the five Flemish provinces and gives a sporty introduction to the unique region.

You cycle through extensive polders, heathland and forests, orchards and sand dunes, as well as picturesque villages and the most beautiful historic cities of Flanders. By the way, if you think Flanders is flat, you are sorely mistaken: if you follow the inner Belgian language border, you find yourself constantly riding up and down over the Brabant hills towards the Flemish Ardennes.

The perfect contrast to so much nature is the cultural wealth of the region. From ancient cathedrals and the peaceful beguinage to magnificent castles and palaces and cultural cities such as Bruges and Ypres – the Flanders Cycle Route offers variety in abundance.

The route runs along quiet and safe roads, following traffic-free paths along rivers, canals, and old railway tracks for dozens of kilometres. This makes the route suitable for both families with children and experienced riders alike.

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Flandern-Radweg

542 mi

11,825 ft

11,825 ft

Last updated: December 14, 2021

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    Tag 1: Von Brügge nach Gent – Flandern-Radweg

    Intermediate
    02:45
    29.7 mi
    10.8 mph
    275 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Discover the beautiful views along the 42 kilometers long Bruges-Gent Canal. Nowadays it is nice and quiet while you cycle there. But did you know that this connection sparked a struggle and controversy between the two cities for four centuries? Bruges began building this link in the 13th century without

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    25.7 mi
    11.0 mph
    250 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between Ghent and Mechelen you cycle through the Scheldt and Kalkmarsch, both unique nature reserves. And also through a piece of Italy! Take a short break at the Grote Markt in Dendermonde and imagine for a moment that you are in Siena, because this square is inspired by the world-famous Piazza del

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    36.8 mi
    10.6 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    You cycle along the Scheldt downstream past small ferry ports and nice excursion restaurants to Temse. In Rupelmonde, where the Rupel flows into the Scheldt, after a few kilometers you will reach the town of Niel, which is connected to the Walenhoek nature reserve. Here, between Niel and Boom, lies a

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  • Intermediate
    03:38
    37.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    525 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From Mechelen to Lier you follow the rivers Dijle, Rupel and Nete. In the nautical visitor center you can find out more about the history of shipbuilding in the Rupel and the connection with the brickworks. The importance of rivers for local recreation on the water, river tourism and traffic becomes

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    37.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    450 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between Turnhout and Overpelt, no fewer than seven Kempen canals connect the Scheldt with the Meuse. They are important as a transport route, but also for the irrigation of the dry sandy Kempen soil with the calcareous Meuse water. On high dykes you cycle undisturbed along the large forest and dune areas of the Kempen.

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  • Intermediate
    02:53
    31.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    325 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the way from Overpelt to Maaseik, you should definitely make a stop at the Bocholt Brewery Museum, the largest museum of its kind in Europe. There you can find out everything about how beer gets its taste, aromas and color.

    

    From the white village of Thorn you drive on the Maasdeich. The mighty Meuse

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    28.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    375 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Now you have definitely arrived in the Maasland. The river and its floodplains dominate the scene. In the summer months, the beautiful landscape hardly suggests that the water of the Meuse reaches dyke height in winter. This can be seen on the measuring piles for measuring the water level. At Kanne

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    33.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Start your day with a tourist highlight: the marl caves of Kanne. Then get back in the saddle and set course for Sint Truiden. Soon the path begins to lead uphill to the Tiendeberg. The route meanders through the nature reserve of the same name in several zigzag curves.

    

    Due to the unique calcareous soil

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    35.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between Sint Truiden and Heverlee you cycle through the valleys of the Little and Big Gete. Wide fields give way to a mosaic of thicket, hay meadows and forest.

    

    The brew kettle reveals the true nature of Hoegaarden. Wheat beer has been brewed here for hundreds of years. The village's brewing industry

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  • Difficult
    03:42
    36.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Heverleebos, Meerdaal Forest and Sonian Forest are remnants of what was once the coal forest. Julius Caesar described the forest that stretched across central Belgium in his war diaries. Large areas were then cleared and reclaimed for agriculture.

    

    Over the valley of the Ijse, a tributary of the Dijle

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  • Difficult
    03:12
    29.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Cycling from the Zenne to the Dender is cycling through countryside, greenery and silence. Visit the internationally known rose garden of Coloma en route. Here you will find more than 3,000 rose varieties that grow on 60,000 bushes. Hiking and walking in the 15 acre domain is wonderful.

    

    If you are a plant

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  • Difficult
    04:17
    42.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Flemish "mountains" alternate. From the Parikeberg to the whole mountain, Steenberg, Eikenberg, Boigneberg, Statieberg, Muziekberg, Scherpenberg, Kluisberg, the bike-crazy Flame knows them all. There are many famous races in this region: De Omloop van het Nieuwsblad , Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Harelbeke

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    29.2 mi
    10.4 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There is something magical about the Leie, on which flax has been reddened for years. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was the center of a thriving industry, the remains of which can be found in meadows and walled farmhouses. The Leiemeersen, for example, were full of typical flax chapels.

    

    In Wervik

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  • Intermediate
    03:22
    35.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    750 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between Ypres and Diksmuide there are some steep slopes that will let you feel your calves. Wine lovers will find the distraction they need in the Entre-Deux-Monts wine domain. Beer fanatics pedal all the way to St. Sixtus Abbey in the hope of getting a taste of the world-famous West Vleteren Trappist.

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    25.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ijzer is the shortest of the three Belgian rivers. It is the only river in Belgium that flows into the sea. "Bachten de Kupe" (Behind the Wanne, ie Behind the Ijzer) is the West Flemish name for the area west of the Ijzer, which is bordered by the North Sea and the French border, or the "Schreve

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    44.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The continuous row of tall apartment blocks that characterize the Belgian coast stands in sharp contrast to the open polder fields directly behind it. The contrasting coastal town of De Haan, on the other hand, represents the Belle Epoque, which was characteristic of the entire Belgian coast until half

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    537 mi
  • Duration
    52:07 h
  • Elevation
    11,650 ft

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