Explore the banks along the open waters of the Braakman Creek, where people like to relax. There is a peninsula with bungalows, a marina and all kinds of water sports are practiced on and in the 205 hectares of water: from sailing and rowing to swimming and fishing. The creek not only has an irresistible attraction to people. Water birds, such as the tufted duck and the black-tailed godwit, also like to use the creek and seek the area as a resting place. Approximately 500 hectares of forest have also been planted in the De Braakman polder, 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 wasp orchid, flesh-colored orchid, broadleaf orchid and beetle orchid. In the polder, skylark, meadow pipit, yellow wagtail, garganey and the lapwing sing the highest song. Here, at the former estuary of the Westerschelde, you can expect cosiness and fun, combined with the splendor of nature. But the highlight of your cycling tour may well be the Windlust windmill, which looms on the horizon in Hoek. The round, brick-built smock mill was built in 1857 to grind grain. Windlust replaces a post mill that previously fulfilled this function. Some parts from that mill were given a new use in the current one. Windlust was in operation until 1958, but after that the mill fell into disrepair. Restorations at the Windlust took place in 1979/1980 and 2009. Not only do you start this cycling tour from hotel De Gentsche Poort, 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 enjoy a relaxed dinner and a drink in the hotel, 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 will come back to'home\\\' after your trip.