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Cycling between Ghent and Bruges and back along bicycle friendly towpaths - Flanders, Belgium

by Ghent  
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Story:
Come over to Belgium for a few days.  Choose Bruges or Ghent as your hub.  
If the weather is bad, visit the other city by train (it's only 25 minutes), or go for Ypres, the Belgian coast, Kortrijk, Antwerp, Brussels, Mechelen, ...
If the weather is promising, rent a bike, ask for panniers, put the essential stuff in them and follow the track that I created for you.  45 and 55 km only!

Thanks to all the photographers for illustrating this tour!  All photographs show things you will see along the waterside.
Tips:
Cycling is easy and in Flanders, it's extremely easy. 
The historical cities of Ghent and Bruges have so many to offer that a bit of rest in the flat countryside in between is pure luxury.  On your bicycle you can fully enjoy all of it.  And what's more: making a loop between both cities allows you to leave your luggage at your accomodation.  Put some essential things in your panniers and get on your bike.  Spend one or two days in the other town and return the following day to your town of departure.
By the way, I created a DIY-tour between both cities, making use of the many canals and towpaths in Belgium.  95% of them are free of other traffic!  
Bicycle rental: 9 to 10 euro a day.  Check javascript:nicTemp(); for bargain rental (20 euro a week, 25 euro a month).
Cyclist accomodation: in both cities, a few families participate in a system where cyclists can stay with locals.  And as flemish people tend to speak lots of languages ...  It's name is javascript:nicTemp();

Tags:
Ghent, gent, brugge, bruges, Gand, Gante, Belgium, East Flanders, bike, bicycle, towpath, touring
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Trip Info
by Ghent
June 19, 2010
Trip Location: Gent, Flanders, Belgium
Length: 65 miles
Activity: Road biking
Trip viewed 10,606 times
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