The IJzermonding nature reserve

Near Nieuwpoort, the IJzer flows directly into the sea. Where salt and fresh water meet, a special biotope developed with mud flats, salt marshes, dunes, beach and polders. Thanks to an extensive network of cycling and hiking trails, you can start from Westende and enjoy the natural beauty of the IJzer estuary. Handy information panels tell you all about this wonderful nature reserve along the way. On certain days of the week you can take the ferry directly to Nieuwpoort Bad.

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Cycle route Schoorbakroute

The 48 km Schoorbakkeroute introduces you to the coastal polder landscape between Middelkerke and Diksmuide. This flat land was reclaimed from the sea by the monks many centuries ago. In Leffinge, Slijpe and Schore you will pass imposing abbey farms that date back to the time of these pioneers. In Keiem you look for the Yser via the low lying Wale meadows.

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Cycle route Middelkerke-Westende

Middelkerke-Westende is a perfect place for a beach holiday with the whole family. But action lovers will also get their money’s worth. During this bicycle tour you will discover some cultural highlights of Middelkerke, such as the Rotonde, the remains of the Beaufort Sculpture Park and the beautiful casino. But you also never lose sight of the green surroundings of Middelkerke. With passages along the seawall, the Warande dunes and Raversyde …

Distance: 25,00km

Shape: Loop-shaped One way

Type of route: Junction route

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Mountain bike route Norbert Dedeckere

A beautiful route of about 30 kilometres with technical single tracks, winding through the beautiful dune area of Middelkerke and Westende. This route joins the mountain bike network that Westtoer and Sport Vlaanderen are building along the coast.

Mountain bikers are asked not to leave the marked trail. The course runs through a protected nature reserve.

In 2020 mountain bike clubs De Zandfretters and MBC Choufkes have done a great job with many new kilometers of single tracks in the dunes of Westende, Lombardsijde and Middelkerke. We always strive to deliver safe tracks with respect for nature and other sports and hiking enthusiasts.

For the kids there is an 8 km loop in the fixed course, ideal for endurance, strength and technique training. The loop is located in Westende and Lombardsijde. Mum or dad should come along, because there are a number of crossing points which you shouldn’t cross alone. Stay on the tracks and follow the arrows. When you leave the dunes at Henri Jasparlaan, cross over and follow the bicycle path to the left until P. Grossetilaan. There cross again and follow to the left. There you come back on the MTB track.

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