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    Cycling Belgium Waterways

    Hi touring cyclists,

    If you are thinking of touring in Belgium (Flanders) and you're crazy about quiet towpaths along waterways, canals and rivers, you should have a look at the 53 tours that I have composed.
    The maps are very detailed, especially because of the fact that GoogleMaps and TeleAtlas only mention car roads. So, I've been drawing a lot of lines where from their point of view, there is nothing. But you may be sure (you have to believe me ;-) you will cycle peaceful and legal bicycle tracks.

    Enjoy,
    Fietslogies
    Ghent - Belgium
    http://www.bikely.com/listpaths/by/fietslogies

    Some examples :

    Ghent - Oudenaarde - Tournai - Condé-sur-l'Escaut (France) - Saint-Quentin (France)

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...ent-Oudenaarde

    Gravelines (France) - Bergues (France) - Veurne - North Sea - Ostend - Bruges - Ghent

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...ldegem-Eeklo-G

    Ghent - Dendermonde - Aalst - Ninove - Geraardsbergen - Lessines - Ath - Beloeil - Bernissart - Mons - La Louvière - Charleroi - Namur - Liège - Aachen (Germany)

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...gen-Lessines-A

    Ghent - Terneuzen (Netherlands)

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...Axel-Terneuzen

    Ghent - Dendermonde - Antwerp - Turnhout - Maastricht (Netherlands) - Liège

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...t-Dendermonde-

    Ghent - Breskens (Netherlands)

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...reskens-Wester

    Ghent - Aalst - Brussels (this is the only tour not along waterways !)

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...-Aalst-Brussel

    Ghent - Bruges

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Ghent-Bruges

    Ghent - Kortrijk - Warneton

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...einze-Kortrijk

    Ghent - Antwerp - Kruiningen (Netherlands)

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...-Durme-Schelde

    Leuven - Mechelen - Ghent

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...rbeke-Evergem-

    ......

    As kind of an extra : my Ghent cycling map showing 10 ways to conquer Gent :

    http://maps.google.be/maps/ms?hl=nl&...20de5&z=8&om=1
    Last edited by fietslogies; 08-17-09 at 01:59 AM. Reason: update

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    Thanks for those, they should be handy for our Belgium trip next year.

    We ride the towpaths in the UK, but some are very bumpy, so it will be nice to see how good the Belgian paths are :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclistjohn View Post
    We ride the towpaths in the UK, but some are very bumpy, so it will be nice to see how good the Belgian paths are :-)
    I have less experience than the OP, but... Most of the towpaths will be very high quality, everything in Flanders I rode was top-notch. Some of the paths in Wallonia got a little rougher -- short stretches of gravel and/or dirt along the Meuse, for example. Nothing a good touring bike can't handle.

    FWIW the cycling maps you can get in Belgium / Flanders are awesome. I'd use the OP's stuff to plan your routes and the local maps when you're on the bike.

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    Interesting! I followed the Ghent-Antwerp route with the hybrid map. You can even see some larger vessels in the canal. Vaart Linkeroever? Is that the route name? Left side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    I have less experience than the OP, but... Most of the towpaths will be very high quality, everything in Flanders I rode was top-notch. Some of the paths in Wallonia got a little rougher -- short stretches of gravel and/or dirt along the Meuse, for example. Nothing a good touring bike can't handle.

    FWIW the cycling maps you can get in Belgium / Flanders are awesome. I'd use the OP's stuff to plan your routes and the local maps when you're on the bike.
    Thanks for that. Reassuring that we don't need suspension as we'll be on folders!

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    Here is another link for Belgium, which identifies the Belgian tourist site Biking for Belgium page.

    Ray
    Visit the on-line Bike Touring Archive at www.biketouringtips.com

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