Explore the banks along the open water of the Braakman Creek, where people like to relax. There is a peninsula with bungalows, a marina and on and in the 205 hectares of water all kinds of water sports are practiced: from sailing and rowing to swimming and fishing. The creek not only has an irresistible appeal to people. Water birds, such as tufted duck and black-tailed godwit, also like to use the creek and visit the area as a resting place. In polder de Braakman, approximately 500 hectares of forest have also been planted, creating a beautiful combination of forests, meadows and open water. The plants that you can find in the Braakman area include parnassia, creeping willow, sea-green sedge, marsh helleborine, flesh-colored orchid, broad-leaved orchid and beetle orchid. In the polder skylark, meadow pipit, yellow wagtail, summer translation and lapwing whistle the highest song. Here, at the former estuary of the Western Scheldt, you can expect cosiness and fun, combined with the beauty of nature. But the highlight of your cycling tour is perhaps Windlust windmill, which looms on the horizon in Hoek. The circular brick-built tower mill was built in 1857 to grind grain. Windlust replaces a post mill that previously held this position. Some parts from that mill were re-used in the current one. Windlust was in operation until 1958, but after that the mill fell into disrepair. Restorations on the Windlust took place in 1979/1980 and 2009. From hotel De Gentsche Poort you not only start this cycling tour, but also route 136822. The hotel is the ideal place for an overnight stay, so that you can cycle both routes. In the evening you can relax in the hotel, enjoy a dinner and a drink, or relax in your room with a book in front of the television. In any case, the cozy family hotel is a warm bath where you can come home to after your trip.