Philippine, Bassevelde and Waterland-Oudeman

Assenede, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 125532

Provided by: Groots Genieten

46.0 km
02:42 h
809 kcal
2 m


This route follows the Belgian-Dutch border for quite some time, just below Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. The starting point is the Sint-Pieterspolder, one of the centuries-old polders that belongs to the Polders of Albert and Isabella. After Philippine was founded in 1505, there was still a salt marsh, a piece of land that had been accreted outside the dikes. This salt marsh,'belonging to the Heeren van den Raedt Vlaenderen\\\', or the Raadsherenschor, was diked several times in the 17th century. Time and again the area was flooded - at the beginning of the 19th century a part of the polder was lost during a dike breach. Subsequently, 203 ha of the Sint-Pieterspolder was diked in - the current polder. You will find traces of the sea everywhere here, although it seems very far away nowadays. It is not without reason that you cycle through the creek area of Meetjesland, which stretches across the border region. For example, the route leads you along the beautiful Red Geul and the Grote Geul - old flood channels. The shallow creeks, surrounded by reed beds, grasslands and rows of trees, have a very authentic feel. Here you can still see what the landscape must have been like before the reclamation started. If you are a nature lover, then you should definitely stop here to view the plant and animal species up close. You may still see one of the many breeding birds, such as the marsh harrier or reed warbler. If you make the trip in the winter or early spring, you may see the hundreds of waterfowl that winter there, including gray goose. Also pay attention to what grows around your feet, the shore is home to a wide variety of plants, including yellow iris, red eyebright, swamp forget-me-not and cuckoo flower. Before you leave, put a nature guide in your pocket, it's worth it! In the Middle Ages, around the nearby Sint-Jan-in-Eremo, battles were fought against the sea. Dikes were built, but storm surges swept everything away. Higher and sturdier dikes were built, villages were built and in the end the battle against the sea was won. Small and large creeks dug by the turbulent sea were left behind as a silent witness. These lakes in the fertile polder landscape form a unique panorama. The Boerenkreek is the largest of the Meetjesland. Before you continue, take a look at the beautiful Sint-Jan-in-Eremo with its romantic church. At the end of the route it is worth cycling into Philippine - especially if you are hungry and you like mussels. Because this village of only 2200 inhabitants has about 800 restaurant seats, divided over eight restaurants. Fun fact: five of the eight patrons are related. They have the same grandfather: Arie Wiskerke, a mussel fisherman, who started a mussel restaurant here in 1949. Tasty!
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# Description Distance
89 (9961, Assenede, Flanders, Belgium) 0.14 km
88 (Posthoornweg, 4553NB, Terneuzen, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 1.36 km
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51 (9961, Assenede, Flanders, Belgium) 6.64 km
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