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cycling in Belgium

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by bladesman73, 6 May 2015.

  1. bladesman73

    bladesman73 Well-Known Member

    A mate and I plan to take a few days cycling around Belgium this summer. I would be interested to hear from others who have cycled in Belgium,esp tips of the best routes to take. We will both be on road bikes so off road is a no no. Thanks for any feedback in advance
     
  2. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    Where in Belgium and what sort of things are you planning on doing? For example, areyou interested in WW1 or beer?
     
  3. robgul

    robgul Veteran

    Go to Ypres - stay 2 or 3 nights - ride round the marked WW1 cycle route - very moving, and great scenery - the beer is good too!

    Road
     
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  4. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    We got told off quite badly for not being on a cycle path. I am not sure if it is law, but there is definitely an expectation that you shouldn't be on the road if there is a path available. We cycled from Dunkerque to Brussels over two days and stayed in Gerardsbergen. The first day we spent some time visiting war cemeteries, and on the second we went to Waterloo. It's a great country to cycle in and as others have said, the beer is fab.
     
  5. Bodhbh

    Bodhbh Veteran

    North for flatness, cycle paths and Flemish. South for hills, road cycling and French.
     
  6. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
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  7. bladesman73

    bladesman73 Well-Known Member

    Thanks all for the replies. The cycle path issue was one i was curious about.im assuming they are proper road bike worthy paths over there unlike over here in uk. The ww1 path sounds interesting. We were planning to pitch a tent as centrally as poss and then go north, south, east and west on seperate days.
     
  8. Broadside

    Broadside Über Member

    Location:
    Fleet, Hants
    We are heading over to Roubaix next Thu and then spending the weekend cycling in Belgium, I didn't know about the cycle path rule. Interesting.
     
  9. StuartG

    StuartG slower but further

    Location:
    SE London
    If you do make Ypres - 6pm at the Menin Gate is an experience you will not forget.
    A visit to the Westmalle Brewery is another.
     
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  10. Pjays666

    Pjays666 Senior Member

    Location:
    Burnley lancs
    Did a 3 day mini tour with local ctc last year travelling into bruge. Cycle lanes are fantastic (probably better than our roads) they use a numbering system and nolls which is quite easy to navigate with a map. Try to get a map in advance or head to nearest tourist information on arrival. You will enjoy it but can feel a bit disorientating at first due to it being so flat.
     
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  11. smith4188

    smith4188 Über Member

    I think it depends where you are. A lot of the cycle lanes I used were simply white lines painted on to old, broken pavements. And you're still supposed to use them. The south, bordering Luxembourg, was pretty. More information about Belgium at UniCycle50.
     
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  12. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    As above - they go batsh*t if you don't use a designated cycle path. One guy pulled right in front of us and screeched to a stop because we were riding on the road and not the cycle path - this was quite close to Brussels. We were about to fly into kick-off mode but it turned out he was a local copper!

    Road surfaces in some of the more main routes are not great. In summary - nice beer but not that great for cycling, which surprised me a bit.
     
  13. mmmmartin

    mmmmartin Random geezer

    if there is a blue cycle path sign, it is mandatory to use it and you could be fined if you are on the road. having said that, the cycle paths are nothing like the uk, they tend often to be more of a reserved road system specially for cyclists.
     
  14. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Nobody in Belgium gives a shite about compulsory cycle paths and I doubt the police have ever bothered fining anyone since the days of the German occupation. If you're on a roadbike and going fast, ignore them. If you're on a tourer and going at walking speed, use them. Nobody's going to kill you if you get it wrong.
     
  15. TonyMartin

    TonyMartin Active Member

    Location:
    Sutton Coldfield
    hi there i am considering a week long cycling journey through Belgium later this year and am wondering how you got on with your journey last year? thanks in advance!