Cycling through history: Diksmuide and the Yser

Diksmuide - Flanders - Belgium

Cycling route 125518

Provided by: Groots Genieten

1615 41
33.40 km
588 kcal
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Starting point of your route is Diksmuide with its historic center. Before or after your route, make sure to walk over the market with his Manneke uit de Mane past the City Hall, the Begijnhof, the Vismarkt, the Sint-Niklaaskerk, the Kleine and Grote Dijk, the old flower mills and the marina Portus Dixmuda. Diksmuide has an illustrious past, on which the First World War has also left its mark. In the Yser Tower, where you will soon cycle past at the start of the tour, the front comes back to life with original material such as uniforms and weapons, placed in lifelike sets. The river Yser, which you follow a long way here, will ring a bell with many people. After all, this was where the Belgian army withdrew in 1914 in a last-ditch attempt to repel the German attack. It's hard not to be impressed by this history. While cycling through the beautiful surrounding landscape with its endless views you slowly regain yourself. The charming village centers, centuries-old farms and protected nature reserves invite you for a wonderful discovery tour. Further along the Yser, at Nieuwkapelle, you will see a windmill and another one further on. The wind turbines were purchased by local families from a cooperative that converts the wind into energy in more and more places here in the Westhoek. Fun fact: these windmills provide enough energy to provide at least 1150 families with all conveniences every year! Only at the hamlet of Fintele you turn away from the Yser. It is located exactly where the Lovaart and the Yser meet, at the lock and spillway. The Grote Beverdijkvaart also ends here. Also take a look at the old metal bridge over the Yser and an old wooden, removable bridge, called De Hooipiete, which was built every year over the Yser so that the farmers could reach their damp lands. A special place and not for nothing a protected village view! You then follow De Lovaart to the old town of Lo, where De Oude Abdij is a beautiful and bicycle-friendly place to have a bite to eat or drink. Of the Augustinian fathers, the serene tranquility and the unique 18th century Pigeon Tower have remained - and the paradisiacal environment, complete with orchard and fish pond. History is all around you here - also in the Mout- & Brouwhuis de Snoek, a little further along the route. Here you will find a complete, authentic brewery and malt house from the 19th century, an exceptional piece of industrial heritage. And of course you have to taste those delicious, traditional brews in the authentic Brouwershof before you cycle on to Diksmuide.

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