Rondrit door de bossen van Oostwinkel, Aalter en Beernem
Orignal route by Bart DM
Published: 03/02/2019
This route starts from Oostwinkel and goes straight through some of the best-known forests in the region. Oostwinkel is a village in the Belgian province of East Flanders and a borough of Lievegem. Oostwinkel is located in Meetjesland, near the city of Eeklo and 20 km from Ghent. It covers an area of 8.36 km² and had 678 inhabitants on 1 September 2006. The Schipdonk Canal runs through Oostwinkel (Source: Wikipedia).

The first forest on the route is Drongengoedbos. This is the largest forest in the province of East Flanders. The forest is 550 hectares and lies mainly on the territory of Ursel.

The second forest we drive through is the Blekkerbos in Maria-Aalter. This forest came into the news in February 2012 when the body of the castle murder of Wingene was found in the forest. The body was identified as the castle lord Stijn Saelens.

The third forest that is visited is the Vagevuurbos (and the nearby Lippensgoed-Bulskampveld) in Beernem. Together with their 540 hectares, the Vagevuurbos and the Lippensgoed-Bulskampveld form the largest forest complex in West Flanders.

The last forest on the route is the Keigat forest. This is a smaller forest that lies on the border between Ursel and Oostwinkel.

There are no stops on this route, but of course here and there halt to enjoy nature to the possibilities. So be sure to bring some goodies in your tank bag or top case. At the start and end of the route you will find the café De Kastelein where you can have a drink. This route is an ideal snack at a free time, without having to plan a full day on the bike.

Because no difficult cornering is involved while driving this route, she gets 3 stars.
Kasteel in het Blekkerbos, bekend van 'de kasteelmoord'
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West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen [ˌʋɛst ˈflaːndərə(n)] (listen); West Flemish: West Vloandern; French: (Province de) Flandre-Occidentale; German: Westflandern) is the westernmost province of the Flemish Region, in Belgium. It is the only coastal Belgian province, facing the North Sea to the northwest. It has land borders with the Dutch province of Zeeland to the northeast, the Flemish province of East Flanders to the east, the Walloon province of Hainaut in the southeast and the French department of Nord to the west. Its capital is Bruges (Brugge). Other important cities are Kortrijk in the south and Ostend (Oostende) on the coast, Roeselare and Ypres (Ieper). The province has an area of 3,197 km2 (1,234 sq mi) which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities. As of January 2019, West Flanders has a population of 1,195,796.The North Sea coast of Belgium, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on the French border to Knokke-Heist on the Dutch border. West Flanders has two seaports, the Port of Zeebrugge and the Port of Ostend.
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