Cycling holiday - Belgium - Flanders

Cycling through small forests and stream valleys in Flanders

  • 8 days
  • Bed and breakfast, half board possible
  • Luggage transport
  • Hotels with luggage transport
  • Roeselare, Lo, Dranouter, Ieper
  • Historical towns in the landscape of the Great Forest
  • Last Post in Ieper
  • Abdij St. Sixtus (trappist beer)
  • Distance per day 38-63 km
E-bikeGPS OnlyCities & CultureDifficulty 1-2
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Day 1 - Arrival in RoeselareThe start and end point of this tour through South Flanders is the lively city of Roeselare. Your hotel is located in the pleasant center, near the station. The late Gothic St. Michielskerk, the 18th century town hall in Louis XV style, the Gothic stepped gable of the 16th century monastery and museums such as the National Cycling Museum, the Clock Tower Museum and the Municipal Museum A. Blomme are within walking distance of your hotel.Day 2 - Roeselare to Lo - 63 kmYou first make a loop north through a wooded landscape to the castle of Wijnendale. Via Koekelare (local museum, exhibition Käthe Kollwitz) and the war graves of Vladslo you descend to the polder plain in which the IJzer flows. In Diksmuide there are many memories of the First World War. You finally drive through a peaceful, bird-rich polder area to Lo, where you will spend the night in the beautiful rustic domain of the former abbey.Day 3 - Tour to Veurne and the coast at Koksijde - 58 kmFrom Lo you cycle through the picturesque polder village of Alveringem and the small village of Oeren to the 'Old Spanish Veste' Veurne, which has also risen from the rubble of the Great War. After this striking and worth seeing town, head for the coastal strip, past the seaside resorts of Oostduinkerke (fishermen's museum), Koksijde (abbey museum, Paul Delvaux-Museum), De Panne and through some beautiful dune areas. You return to Lo through the quiet polder nature reserve De Moeren with the poetic town of Wulveringem and Adinkerke with its regional museum.Day 4 - Lo to Dranouter - 38 or 52 kmOn this day you will cycle south to the wooded West Flemish Mountains bordering France. On your way through the still flat polder area along the IJzer you will pass through the rural villages of Polinkhove and Oostvleteren. Then the landscape changes character and you cycle over the gently sloping plateau around Poperinge, with the typical hop culture fields for this region. In the tasting room at the Abbey of St. Sixtus, the products made by the Trappist fathers are served. During the long route you make a detour via Watou, an art village on the Schreve. In Poperinge you will find the Talbot House, the British soldiers' club from WWI. Towards the French border it starts to climb steadily and you enter the varied landscape of the 'West Flemish Mountains'. Via the Rodeberg and the folk festival village of Dranouter you will find your hotel on the southern flank of the Kemmelberg.Day 5 - Dranouter to Ieper - 50 or 55 kmPast special war testimonies and the Mesen (museum) located at a height, you will find the border river Leie near Warneton (Henegauwen) where you will follow the towpath to the Flemish Wervik (Tobacco Museum). On the way you can take a trip to the French town of Comines with a beautiful ensemble of Belfry, church and peace tower (Unesco monument). Northwards through open, gently undulating farmland you reach the wooded arc of hills below Ieper where devastating battles have been fought. Numerous testimonies to this past are preserved in the now peaceful landscape. You reach Ieper with your hotel through the Palingbeek nature reserve and along the Zillebeke pond. Every evening the 'Last Post' is sounded under the Menin Gate in memory of all the missing in war.Day 6 - Heritage walking route in Ieper - approx. 5 km - or bicycle tour to the Dikkebus pond and Hill - 60/45 kmOn the day of rest in Ieper, a city walk can be taken, where you can view the Gothic cloth hall with the belfry tower and the Flanders Museum, St. Maarten's Cathedral and the many stepped gable houses.

On the tour you will visit the varied landscape south of Ieper in more detail. This wonderful hilly landscape has a war past, which receives plenty of attention along the way. First you will discover the nice reservoir, the Dikkebusvijver, which has been supplying drinking water to Ieper since the Middle Ages. Turning east you enter a beautiful, wooded, hilly area known as the Ieper Salient. Hill 60 is one of the many memorable places from World War I. When you visit the Palingbeek nature reserve, you will learn a lot about the nature and the special history of this area. You can take a short poetry walk past some land art artworks. After a possible break on the terrace of the visitor center you continue cycling past the many war cemeteries and monuments to return to Ieper with a wide arc.
Day 7 - Ieper to Roeselare - 40 or 42 kmYou leave the city. You travel along the Ieper Salient again, now passing the memorable places of 'Hill 62', the Memorial Museum Passchendale 1917 and the Tyne Cot Cemetry, one of the most impressive military cemeteries of '14-18'. After the horticultural area above Moorslede and the De Kleiputten nature reserve, you will find a jewel of a castle to visit just before Roeselare in Rumbeke. In the pleasant center of Roeselare with the Sint-Michielskerk and the National Cycling Museum, you will spend the night again.Day 8 - Departure


Details Leistungen Flanders

General informationDeparture dates: March 31st until October 31st
Arrival day: every Saturday
  • Rental bikes and E-bikes available. Current prices can be found at 'Prices & Dates'
  • Prices of additional services and extensions can be found at 'Prices & Dates'
  • GPS tracks and maps included
Additional information
  • Parking: free at the first hotel
  • Sauna/steam bath in hotel in Roeselare
  • If the standard hotels in Dranouter or Ypres are fully booked, you will pay a surcharge for the replacement hotels
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