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Bicycle trip in Belgium in May?

Has anyone done a *bike * trip in Belgium? We'll be there in May and would like to do a few day trips by bicycle. What is the weather like in May?

Thanks for sharing.. Mary

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Weather in May- sunny and warm or rainy and cold and everything in between. You can't really make a prediction year to year.

I've made many cycling day trips in Belgium, using my relatives homes near Hasselt and Leuven as bases. So, my experience is mostly in the provinces of Vlaams Brabant, Limburg, with a little bit of Walloon Brabant. Southen Limburg is beautiful, but hilly. Northern Limburg is mostly flat, but generally less interesting. Vlaams and Walloon Brabant east of Brussels are also very pleasent. The terrain varies from flat to small hills.

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I live an hour drive north-east of Bruges and it should be freezing now this time of the year, but temperatures are still here above zero. Average temperatures here in the coastal area between 10 and 15 ºC in May and usually it rains often, but will this be the case this year? Also wind can be a challenge in this flat coastal area, but everything will be in full blossom and with sunshine it’s good weather for cycling.

The following I can recommend is the canal and country-side north-east of Bruges to Damme and Oostkerke, a popular place for cycling. You can go further (along the canal) north to little town Sluis and St Anna ter Muiden just across the border in The Netherlands. Countryside north of Sluis is also lovely, a lot of dykes and old reclaimed land from the sea. Best time is during the week when everything is quiet and the atmosphere is at it’s best.

Some 10km north of Bruges the huge 13th century tithe barn and Lissewege is worth a cycling trip.

South of Bruges you can do the 47km long castle route, however most castles are in 19th century neogothic “romantic” style, but nevertheless lovely.
More routes in Belgium on: www.fietsroute.org with info also in English.