Just below Bruges you will find beautiful nature. For example, around Oostkamp, the starting point of your cycling tour, lies the Valley of the Zuidleie. As early as the 13th century, the excavation of the Ghent-Bruges canal, one of the oldest canals in the country, was started in this valley. Valuable nature reserves and old meanders of the historic Zuidleie are located on both sides of the canal. Suytleye, Leye, Reie are medieval names of the river that once formed the headwaters of the today world famous Bruges canals. Further along the route you pass through Lippensgoed-Bulskampveld, with its extensive deciduous and coniferous forests and imposing avenues. The provincial domain of no less than 232 hectares is part of the largest public green area in West Flanders. Until the 18th century this was a desolate heathland, after which the rugged'Bulnas Campas\\\' was reclaimed. With the patches of heathland, fields and meadows, it is a very varied park, with a 19th century castle in neo-Gothic style as the radiant centerpiece. In 1904 the estate came into the possession of the noble Lippens family, who had the surrounding castle park laid out. Here you will see impressive old trees and a walled vegetable garden, which has been transformed into a unique herb garden with up to 400 species. Around the garden you can also see a wagon workshop with accompanying vehicles. Just past Loca Labora, a sheltered workshop with an educational vegetable garden and an organic farm, you can take a detour to the castle that now serves as a visitor center. So definitely get off, it's worth taking a look around here! All kinds of tufts of nature form a large fragmented nature map here. Just behind Maria-Aalter, for example, you cycle through the Blekkerbos, a deciduous forest with many oaks, beech trees and sweet chestnuts. Until the 17th century it was an offshoot of the Bulskampveld, but today it is a beautiful self-contained forest of about 350 hectares. If you happen to pass by here in the autumn, then the autumn colors are beautiful to see! On the village square of Maria-Aalter there is a giant bobbin lace and a beet harvester with machete - sculptures that refer to the harsh outdoor life and seasonal work of the past. Furthermore, the Blekkervijver castle, now the Sint-Stanislas asylum of the Brothers of Charity, is worth mentioning, if only because of its location in a beautiful domain with lanes and pond. On the way back you will once again pass through the beautiful Lippensgoed-Bulskampveld with its beautiful woodland lanes. It's unbelievable that you can find such beautifully preserved nature here, a stone's throw from Bruges!