Cycling along the water in Belgium

Wortegem-Petegem, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 153426

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47.6 km
02:48 h
839 kcal
64 m


The Scheldt rises in the north of France and eventually flows into the North Sea via the Western Scheldt. On this route you explore the Scheldt valley around Oudenaarde in East Flanders, a city surrounded by the green ridges of the Flemish Ardennes. The Scheldt crosses this city from southwest to northeast. Originally, the Scheldt wound its way through the Flemish Ardennes. Especially in the twentieth century, many meanders were cut off to straighten the Scheldt. You mainly cycle in the Scheldt valley, for a large part you follow the towpath along the Scheldt. Several cut-off Scheldt meanders have been preserved in the landscape. From the dike along the Scheldt, for example, you have a beautiful view of the Heurnemeersen, just north of Oudenaarde. The old river meanders, forests, grasslands and marsh vegetation of this reserve are home to a rich flora and fauna. The red bat has its hunting ground there. He finds a real feast because of the many insects that live there. There are also 55 species of birds breeding and 14 species of dragonflies and 22 species of butterflies have been observed. South of Oudenaarde you cycle along the Langemeersen nature reserve. Here you will see meadows with wild flowers and many birds, such as the grasshopper reed warbler and summer teal. Oudenaarde is also more than worth a visit. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, the city was renowned for the production of beautiful tapestries. Nowadays, Oudenaarde is nicknamed'The pearl of the Flemish Ardennes\\\'. In the city you can admire the town hall, a textbook example of Brabant late Gothic, or settle down for one of the famous brown beers.
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# Description Distance
42 (9790, Wortegem-Petegem, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
44 (9790, Wortegem-Petegem, Flanders, Belgium) 1.91 km
16 (9690, Kluisbergen, Flanders, Belgium) 7.42 km
19 (8581, Avelgem, Flanders, Belgium) 8.59 km
1 (8581, Kluisbergen, Flanders, Belgium) 8.78 km
6 (Pontstraat, 9690, Kluisbergen, Flanders, Belgium) 9.72 km


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