Weekend 5: Kortrijk - Oudenaarde - Ghent


Route: Scheldt RouteHilly Route
Distance: 98 km

Day 1: Kortrijk– Oudenaarde: 56 km
Day 2: Oudenaarde – Ghent: 36 km

Choose a relaxing cycling holiday and discover beautiful nature, a rich history and delicious regional products. Experience the history of the Tour of Flanders and try out Ename, Liefmans or Omer on the way! The route is quite flat but becomes hillier between Kortrijk and the Scheldt. Would you prefer to explore Ghent for a little longer? Continue to follow the Scheldt Route as far as the Art Cities Route and then switch over to it.

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Kortrijk - Oudenaarde - Gent

Looking for suitable accommodation? On our route planner you can find a wide range of accommodation along this route.

Not to be missed along the way

Sint-Elisabethbegijnhof Kortijk

St. Elisabeth Beguinage

The Beguinage of Kortrijk was probably founded by Joan of Constantinople in 1238.  It is one of the most important historical sites in the city and was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1998. The image of beguines as strong religious women is covered extensively in the new experience centre, which has been located in the St. Anne’s Hall since July 2014. Visitors get to know more about the mystical roots and the innovative character of the beguinage and the beguines. The beguinage is made up further of some forty white houses and the St. Matthew’s Chapel. In the viewing house located near the main entrance, you can see how a beguine lived in the late nineteenth century.


At an altitude of 82 metres, the Tiegemberg is one of the highest peaks in the interfluvium between the Lys and the Scheldt. On the southern slope of this ‘witness hill’, a cleft-shaped valley has been carved out from where a spring emerges. At the end of the 19th century medicinal properties were ascribed to the water from this spring. St. Arnold reportedly performed some miraculous healings and miracles there. Vital Moreels constructed St. Arnold’s Park there with a chapel, artificial rock formations in cement, ponds, fountains, walking trails and a lounging area. There is a mountain mill (the Bergmolen) on top of the Tiegemberg. One of the mountain’s slopes, the Vossenhol, is included in the course of several major Flemish cycling races, such as the Tour of Flanders. Today, Tiegemberg is a place of pilgrimage, nature park and recreational area.

West-Vlaamse Scheldemeersen

West Flanders Scheldemeersen

The West Flanders Scheldemeersen, an area of marshes and meadows, stretches along the left bank of the Scheldt, on the border between West Flanders, East Flanders and Hainaut. They form a fairly open and nature-rich landscape with water- and flower-rich hayfields, reed beds and hedgerows along cut-off bends of the Scheldt with still or slow-moving water. These ‘coupures’ were created when the Scheldt was straightened in order to improve navigation and water drainage. The wet area is a paradise for water-loving plants, fish, amphibians, dragonflies, butterflies, waterfowl, reed birds and birds of prey. A good place to stop on the Scheldt Route for a picnic or a short walk in nature.

St. Bavo’s Cathedral

For more than 1,000 years, this is a house of prayer and Christian worship where everyone is welcome. St. Bavo’s Cathedral, first and foremost, is a church; it is the bishop’s church of the Diocese of Ghent. The cathedral is also the main church of the parish of St. John the Baptist in Ghent-Centre. The cathedral is open for personal prayer. In the visitors’ centre of St. Bavo’s Cathedral, you can admire the restored panels of The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb and various other authentic art treasures in all their splendour. St. Bavo’s Cathedral is an iconic monument in art city Ghent.

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