Heuvelland's 'mountains' tower above the flat country of the Westhoek. The most famous of these 'mountains' is
the Kemmelberg. Every amateur cyclist wants to test himself against this monument of the classic Ghent-Wevelgem race, with its gradients of up to 22%. But there are plenty of other hills that offer challenging climbs to even the best biking fanatics. You don't possess the climbing capacities of a mountain goat? Not to worry: since the advent of the electric bike, Heuvelland has also become a mecca for recreational cyclists of all ages. Nowadays, anyone can conquer even the steepest slopes!
There are plenty of places in Heuvelland where you can hire these bikes.
Discover the hills of Heuvelland as you follow the course of the classic Ghent-Wevelgem cycle race and the 'Hill route'. You can arrive on your own or in a group at the start of the 'Gaper Cultural Centre', the welcome point for recreational cyclists in Kemmel. Afterwards, you can leave your bike safely in a bike box, while you enjoy a refreshing shower.
With 'Homeland of Cycling', Flanders Tourism seeks to encourage active particpation in the great cycling experience.
The 34-kilometre 'Panorama' route links all the place in Heuvelland with the most fantastic views. After completing thisroute, you will never again say that Flanders is flat! The route send you up hill and down dale and treats you to a series of wonderful panoramas. With good weather, you can see for up to 40 kilometres!
The border between France and Belgium has been known for many centuries as 'De Schreve', which literally means 'the line'. It is, in fact, the dividing line between French Flanders and West Flanders. Since April 2019, a brand new cycling networks allows you to explore 'over the line'. The network has more than 830 kilometres of signposted roads and paths, including some 300 new junction points. Thanks to the connection between the new network 'Leievallei & Frans-Vlaamse Heuvels' and the existing Westhoek network, it is now possible to discover the delights of the Zwarteberg (Black Mountain), the Catsberg (Cats' Mountain) and the Casselberg (Cassel Hill) in the same circuit.
Hundred of kilometres of cycling pleasure guarenteed.