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10.01.2022 - Reading time: 4 min

Our eight favourite cycling routes in Flanders

Did you discover the joy of cycling? Then this might be the perfect time to try out our favourite cycling routes in Flanders. With these eight mapped out routes, you will discover the most charming places in your neighbourhood.

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The Sint-Annekes route

  • Length: 32 km
  • Altitude difference: 143 m
  • Starting point: Frederik van Eedenplein, 2050 Antwerp

The Sint-Annekes route is a popular day trip for Antwerp locals. This route combines Linkeroever with the East Flemish Land van Waas. Don’t have the time or desire to conquer the long route? Then you can also opt for a shorter loop of 22 km. 

On this route you won’t find any bicycle junctions, but you will find signposts. Do you prefer to orient yourself with junctions? Then follow this alternative: Burcht – 44 – 27 – 46 – 51 – 10 – 08 – 06 – 07 – 50 – 47 – Burcht.

You can download the plan for the Sint-Annekes route for free on the website of the municipality of Beveren

Kidproof around Westerlo 

  • Length: 13 km
  • Altitude difference: 59 m
  • Starting point: Sint-Lambertusstraat 4, 2260 Westerlo

Are you looking for a pleasant and kidfriendly bicycle route? Then Westerlo might be the place for you. This route is not too long, and along the way you pass many interesting stops. Just think of the Castle of Jeanne de Merode, the Norbertine abbey of Tongerlo and lots of nice lanes and farms.

The route mainly consists of quiet roads with paved surfaces, and starts and ends at Tourism Westerlo. More information can be found on the website of Vlaanderen Fietsland.

Cycling through the Water and Cycling through the Moor

  • Length: 56 km
  • Altitude difference: 744 m
  • Starting point: C-mine 10, 3600 Genk

With Cycling through the Water and Cycling through the Moor, you combine two unique cycling experiences in one route. You take off at C-Mine in Genk – and will soon picture yourself in another world when you pass through National Park Hoge Kempen. 

Afterwards, you head on to the Mechelse Heide, where panoramic views surround you in every direction. Once you have passed Bokrijk, the cycle path goes straight through the pond – with water at eye level on both sides. 

You follow this route with the following cycling junctions: 73 – 509 – 250 – 30 – 29 – 534 – 251 – 252 – 550 – 551 – 565 – 41 – 40 – 39 – 512 – 508 – 548 – 74 – 79 – 71 – 92 – 91 – 243 – 242 – 72 – 73.

More information can be found on the website of Visit Limburg.

The Coastal route 

  • Length: 85 km
  • Altitude difference: 403 m
  • Starting point: Kanaalweg 4, 8300 NA Retranchement

We gotta be honest: the Belgian coast does not have the pearly white beaches and azure blue waters of Greece or the Bahamas. But pleasant cycling routes? Oh boy, do we have those!

The Coastal Route, for example, takes you along all the Belgian coastal towns, introducing you to soothing nature and maritime history along the way, while simultaneously taking in the healthy sea air.

The Coastal Route is one of the nine iconic routes in Flanders: long-distance routes with their own distinctive signs. Discover the route on the website of Vlaanderen Met De Fiets.

Crossing the Hageland — gravel route

  • Length: 75 km
  • Altitude difference 835 m
  • Starting point: Balenbergstraatje 11, 3128 Baal

The gravel route crossing the Hageland is a bit more challenging – and therefore perfect for the sporty types among us. This route starts at the Sven Nys Cycling Center in Baal and starts off gently with a passage through the Meetshovenbos. 

After that, the route gets a bit more challenging, with mud paths, forest roads and the challenging slopes of the Grasbos. Along the way you pass a lot of interesting sights, such as the Citadel of Diest, the Maagdentoren in Zichem, and the famous Vlooybergtoren.

Crossing the Hageland was developed by Toerisme Vlaams-Brabant.

The Flandrien loop

  • Length: 65 km
  • Altitude difference: 969 m
  • Starting point: Martelarenplein, 3000 Leuven

This is your chance to follow in the footsteps of international cycling giants such as Julian Alaphilippe and Primoz Roglic. After all, the Flandrien loop was part of the track for the 2021 cycling world championships. 

Ride your own world championship and record cycling history on the steep slopes in Zuid-Dijleland. Please note that this is a challenging route for amateur cyclists.

More information about the Flandrien loop can be found on the website of Toerisme Vlaams-Brabant.

The Castle route 

  • Length: 63 km
  • Altitude difference: 748 m
  • Starting point: Ninoofsesteenweg 116, 1670 Pepingen

During the Castle Route you will discover the famous castles of Gaasbeek, Ter Rijst, Coloma, and Groenenberg. But also lesser known examples such as Heetvelde, Saffelberg, and the water castle Baljuwhuis will make their appearance.

The Castle Route is a pleasant bike ride through the hilly Pajottenland with lots of variety.

You can follow this route with the following cycling junctions: 58 – 57 – 88 – 87 – 34 – 33 – 32 – 38 – 10 – 43 – 60 – 89 – 52 – 16 – 15 – 13 – 24 – 23 – 21 – 69 – 70 – 72 – 71 – 11 – 58.

More information about the Castle Route can be found on the website of Toerisme Vlaams-Brabant.

Omloop het Nieuwsblad

  • Length: 70 km, 110 km or 140 km
  • Altitude difference: 693 m, 1146 m or 1153 m
  • Starting point: Onderwijslaan 75, 9400 Ninove, België or Jan Hoetplein, Gent, België

Open your season like the pros at ‘t Kuipke in Ghent or at the finish of the opening classic in Ninove. You leave for a tour along Kerkgate, Jagerij, Paddestraat and Haaghoek, where we test whether you really like the cobblestones. In between you stretch your legs on classics such as the Molenberg, Leberg, Berendries and Valkenberg. Your ultimate challenge lies in Geraardsbergen, with the Muur and Kapelmuur, followed by the ascent of the Bosberg.

Aren’t you ready to go full on that bike yet, or have you spent the last few months training intensively on the rollers? Will you choose the short distance of 70 km, dare to do the 110 km or go flat out on the 140 km? Choose your ideal course in this opening cycle of 2022!

More information on this opening classic can be found on the website of Omloop het Nieuwsblad.


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