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Belgium

Your Linesman

Nicolas Lamont

TRAILS!!!

I have to admit, they are a real obsession to me…
From childhood I always had a love for the dirt, the mud, the unpaved…
The perfect symbiosis of enduro driving, mountain biking and long distance trail running (my 3 favorite hobbies) have led to a large collection of legal off-road lanes in Belgium and even abroad.

Unfortunately, as in many other countries, we also are victim of more restrictive legislation meaning that a lot of trails (and even roads) became a NO-GO zone for motorized vehicles.

As a result of that, it is impossible to offer a predominantly off-road tinted route whilst crossing our little country. But it would be a shame to use only our highways as a quick transit knowing that there are still so many beautiful, legal trails and lanes. Some of which can be very challenging in wet conditions, given our soil consisting out of slippery clay and sticky loam.

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ROUTE INFO

Spring to Autumn. Winter is also possible but the trail can be treacherous if wet.
Arendonk (Antwerp province)
Houtem (West Flanders province)
Flemish (Dutch) and French. German is widely spoken
Illegal but there are loads of official campsites around...
Please respect each sign indicating a restriction (private property, a sign with a red circle around a white centre, etc...)

Riding in the woods is NOT allowed Belgium, so that's an easy one: STAY OUT OF THE WOODS !!!

Show respect to all others making use of the track (hikers, mountain bikers, horse drivers). That's also why one should try to avoid riding the Belgian TET during the weekend.

ROUTE OVERVIEW

I really hope you will all enjoy our small contribution to your future journey!

As Belgium is so densely populated, it has been quite a challenge to provide an entirely legal track which includes as much unpaved as possible and it’s been necessary to include some asphalted sections, but with the help of my contributors, we have managed to create a scenic route by making use of the most peaceful and picturesque roads and legal tracks.

The whole route has been ridden and checked on big flat-twin tractors and the like, so should hold no worries for all those with their smaller bikes!

Arriving from the Netherlands, you will hit the Belgian frontier near Arendonk where you will enjoy some stretches on sandy soil. As you leave the province of Antwerp, the ground gradually becomes more demanding - especially in wet weather - but isn't that where fun begins! From here right through to the end in West Flanders, you will encounter a mixture of sticky loam and slippery clay in the wet - or perhaps you'll be leaving a dust trail of many TETometers during summer!

Along the way you will pass the site of the Battle of Waterloo and some beautiful and scenic places on the North side of our capital before hitting the Flemish region. Heading west, the track becomes more on- and off-pavement and so we’ve included a section of the famous 'Tour of Flanders' into the Belgian TET. Some of the famous hills (on cobblestones) of this cycling race are included plus some alternative off-pavement sections.

In West Flanders and in remembrance of the great wars fought in its fields, the track passes some famous cemeteries and battlefields to finally leave Belgium for France at sea level in the totally flat 'De Moeren' region.

…….A LONG RIDE IS THE ANSWER TO A QUESTION YOU WILL SOON FORGET......

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Belgian Beer
Belgian Chocolate
Moules-frites
Waterloo
The battlefields and memorials of the Great War