Want to cycle for miles and miles WITHOUT a map? You can! Discover the bike node checkpoints and peddle “to the ends of the earth” or just to Brussels, around Flanders or around Wallonia.
The “bike node checkpoints” (points-nœuds/knooppunten) are a system of signposted cycle routes that are as simple as they are ingenious.
Numbers are assigned to strategic, cycle path intersections within a large, defined area. These numbers are then used at each intersection on signs which also show the directions for other numbered routes on the network.
So a short list of numbers on www.fietsnet.be, will show you how easily you can plan a route.
▪ Regional routes in Flanders ▪
Discover the nine iconic cycle routes for a cycling holiday in Flanders. Each cycle route connects the best of the Flanders countryside via great cycle paths based on a central theme. All the iconic cycle routes are signposted in both directions.
You can also travel without a map on the RAVeL network in Wallonia. The network is made up of green trails essentially composed of towpaths and old railway lines and is open to the public and to families. It is also made up of nine routes, with more than 1400 km of cycle paths.
▪ The regional route in Brussels: the green trail ▪
The green trail: a 60 km route around the capital. On your bike, you can throw yourself into completing the tour of Brussels all at once, or discover the trail stage by stage, by choosing one of its seven sections.
In Belgium, there are two international cycle routes of note: EuroVelo and the Vennbahn.
Belgium has a vast network of long distance cycling routes which allows you to explore the country. Five EuroVelo routes cross it: EuroVelo routes 3, 4, 5, 12 and 19, totalling more than 1000 km. In Wallonia, the EuroVelo routes 3, 5 and 19 mostly follow the RAVeL network. EuroVelo route 5 crosses Brussels giving you the opportunity to discover the extraordinary curiosities of the capital. In Flanders, the EuroVelo routes 4 and 12 follow the coast, whilst EuroVelo route 19 follows the Meuse.
You can also discover the Vennbahn which will take you on a tour round the breath-taking countryside, amongst the nature and calm. The Vennbahn is one of the longest and most beautiful green trails in Europe, crossing three countries (Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany) on an old railway line. It is popular amongst amateur tourist cyclists who are after a gentle route, and it has a dedicated website: www.vennbahn.eu.
How to find your bearings?
Mapsare always handy for a global view of the route. We can provide you with some maps in our Pro Velo shops - the European EuroVelo map, the map of checkpoint nodes, the RAVeLS routes, iconic routes… and plenty of others.
Namur – Tours à vélo (Namur – Tours by bike): a guide which takes you from Namur, along the EuroVelo Route 3, then mainly along the cycle routes and green trails – a beautiful route to discover Wallonia and travel to Tours in France.
Mobile apps: nowadays, there are plenty of apps to help you follow the routes, such as Maps.me. Other apps help you to plan your routes by suggesting paths which have been adapted for cyclists. For example Komoot and Outdooractive, where you can find routes and GPX files of EuroVelo routes which pass through Belgium.
Where to stay with your bike?
In Belgium, there are two certifications helping you find bike-friendly accommodation, on: Bienvenue vélo en Wallonie and Bike-Friendly
in Brussels. These two establishments have obtained certification to suggest sites adapted for cyclists, for example sites with somewhere to store bikes, small repair kits, etc. It is therefore a gauge of comfort and quality.
If you prefer to camp, you can look into official campsites. To wild camp legally, you can check ‘welcome to my garden’ or bivakzone. Warmshower would be the perfect choice if you want to meet and chat with other cycling tourists who will let you stay with them for free!
Train + Bike = the perfect pairing
The advantage of a bike is that we can go where we want, and we don’t necessarily need to ride in a circle. The train is the best mode of transport for a bike trip. In Belgium, you just need to pay 4 euros to travel with your bike too.
Would you rather book through an agency?
Belgium has any number of travel agencies specialising in bikes:
bike-packer: a large selection of bike rentals with travel panniers
Slowby is a travel agency with ‘surprise routes’, adapted to your preferences.
The EuroVelo Summer Photo Contest is back for its 2022 edition!
So don't forget to bring along your camera on your next trip along EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route or EuroVelo 19 - Meuse Cycle Route. Who knows? You may be one of the two lucky winners of a cycling holiday package along a section of these routes!
You don't have to travel far by bike, go on a bike trip in Belgium along EuroVelo 19 and enter the summer EuroVelo photo contest. And believe us, we have many Instagrammable spots along the EuroVelo 19: dramatic rock faces many with castles perched on top, the Citadels of Dinant and Namur, the forts of Huy and Liège, the 'Ville Ardente', with its impressive new train station designed by the famous architect Calatrava, the charming west bank of the Meuse in Limbourg. You have everything you need to take amazing pictures! Take your bike and go on!
As the sun is warming up and the cycling season in full swing, it is
time to show off your photography skills! To participate, all you need
to do is enter via www.contest.eurovelo.com
and share a photo of your cycling holiday with us on Instagram. We will
publish your photos on our Instagram page and our followers will choose
the winner! The authors will be awarded a cycling holiday package along
a section of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route or EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route (see the rules below). Don't miss out on your chance to win one of those prizes worth €1,500!