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Free maps for some parts of Flanders (Belgium)

fietslogiesfietslogies Posts: 46
edited April 2011 in Tour & expedition
Why buy bicycle maps if you can get 'similar' maps for free?
Reality behind this provocative title is of course a bit more complex. Recently I discovered 3 free and really detailed maps for parts of Flanders. Not as good as the famous 'fietsnetwerkkaarten' (*) but still very practical.
An overview (and unfortunately they overlap considerably).

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Toeristische kaart Scheldeland 1:65000 ***
Covered region: Ghent-Ninove-Aalst-Dendermonde-Geraardsbergen-Brussels-Antwerp
West: Lovendegem, Nazareth, Zottegem,Nederbrakel
South: Geraardsbergen, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Hoeilaart
East: Tervuren, Zaventem, Mechelen, Antwerp
North: Evergem, Lochristi, Lokeren, Stekene, Sint-Niklaas, Beveren

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Toeristische kaart Waasland 2011 1:85000 **
Covered region: Antwerp-Ghent-Lokeren-Sint-Niklaas
West: Assenede, Ghent
South: Destelbergen, Zele, Sint-Amands, Willebroek
East: Boom, Aartselaar, Antwerp
North: Berendrecht, Doel, Emmadorp, Hulst, Sas-van-Gent

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Toeristische kaart Vlaamse Ardennen 2011 1:80000 **
Covered region: Oudenaarde-Ronse-Zottegem-Geraardsbergen
West: Kruishoutem, Kluisbergen
South: Ronse, Brakel, Geraardsbergen
East: Geraardsbergen, Herzele, Sint-Lievens-Houtem
North: Oosterzele, Gavere

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Especially if you combine them with the information that you can obtain from http://www.fietsnet.be/routeplanner/default.aspx, they will become very useful.

You can obtain them for free (+ 1 euro postage costs for 1 item or 2,50 euro all three)

http://www.tov.be/publicaties.aspx?taxid=1118-1114&id=5053&price=0-0
at pages 3, 4 and 5.
Click the item, click 'Lees meer' and click 'Bestellen' ...

Or pick them up at a local tourist board (where there's a chance that you will only find the local map) or at Toerisme Oost-Vlaanderen - Sint-Niklaasstraat 2, B-9000 Gent that has all of them.[/b]

(*) This is how the 'Fietsnetwerkkaarten' look like. They cost 6 euro each and you need several of them for only 1 flemish province.

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60 bicycle trails along Belgian canals, rivers and former railway tracks : http://www.bikely.com/listpaths/by/fietslogies
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