Burnley and Pendle

Cyclists Touring Club

Belgium - October 2018

Six of our members set sail from Hull to Zeebrugge on the evening of Saturday 6th October, and after a slightly rough crossing we arrived in Belgium to a bright sunny morning. John set out for Ypres to visit the war graves and the Menin Gate and the rest of us headed South. We passed through Blankenberge then following the coast down to De Haan where we stopped for coffee and received free chocolates.

We cycled on lanes and cycle tracks and arrived in Oudenburg where we had a lovely picnic lunch from the local bakery and sat in the sun outside the church. After lunch it was onto Brugge via Jabbeke and the canal. We arrived about 4.00 pm and wandered round Brugge sampling Belgium waffles. John arrived at the hotel about 7.00 pm after cycling 85 miles and we all went out for an evening meal, sampling Belgium beer.

After a hearty breakfast and after circling Brugge to get out of the city we headed North toward Sluis. We passed through little towns and villages and crossed the canal on a self propelled raft then followed the canal into Sluis.

Sluis is a lovely little town just over the border in Holland and where we had our lunch stop sampling more beer and waffles. After lunch we made our way to the coast cycling along the promenade through Knokke and Heist and then onto Zeebrugge for the 7.00 pm boat. After a smooth crossing we arrived back into Hull about 8.30 am Tuesday morning.

It was a fabulous trip enjoyed by all of us.

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