Flanders Cycle Tour Topoguide (Topogids Vlaanderen Fietsroute). 1:50,000. Institut Geographique National, 6/2009. This book gives extensive details of this 450-mile circular tour
of Flanders. The first part is a detailed mileage guide/trip guide and the second part has 54 maps at 1:50,000. In Flemish with a few paragraphs of English summary. Spiral-bound.
Ardennes 1:10,000 topographic hiking DVD. 1:10,000. Lannoo. In French. Extremely detailed topographic maps on DVD. Ideal for planning trips to view historic battlefields, hikes, cycling trips, and more.
Netherlands Cycling Guide. Katherine Widing, Cycle Publishing. A detailed guide to bicycle touring in one of the best places on the planet. With routes in all 11 provinces and short excursions across the border into neighboring Belgium and Germany.
Holland, it's probably the world's most popular country for bicycle touring. It's the place where you can get literally everywhere by bike - just like the natives do. This book highlights more than 50 delightful bike tours into every corner of the country, and sometimes beyond into some of the most picturesque destinations in neighboring Belgium and Germany. Each route is described in extensive detail and illustrated with 2-color route maps. Several of the routes make extensive use of the remaining pedestrian ferries that have carried people across Holland's river delta country for many centuries.
Cycling Maps for Belgium. 1:50,000. Sportoena. This excellent cycling map series covers Belgium and parts of the surrounding regions, such as the Charleroi-Paris and Luxembourg-Paris routes. The maps show local routes, long-distance cycling paths, classification according to the density of traffic, campsites and places of interest, etc. The base maps are brightly colored and very different from most maps and may not appeal to everyone. The maps are designed - and do it well - to highlight the recommended cycling routes and the alternative routes, with information given on the type of road and the density of auto traffic. Route numbers are noted for posted cycling routes and long-distance routes are well marked on the maps. Elevation information is lacking, as the color shading of the base maps is too faint to really be legible. There is a style change between the first few maps (1A-5 or so, published first in the series) and the more recent maps, with the later maps being easier to read. Most of the maps are double-sided and nearly all include English in the legend.
Sketch map showing the layout of the map sheets. Sample detail #1 of the Belgium cycling maps Sample detail #2 of the Belgium cycling maps
Sheet #1A. West Flanders: Ostende - De Panne - Ypres cycling map.
Sheet #1B. Oostende, Bredene, De Haan cycling map.
Sheet #2. Dutch Flanders - Ghent cycling map.
Sheet #3. East Flanders: Kortrijk - Ninove cycling map.
Sheet #4. French Flanders: Dunkerque - St. Omer - Ypres cycling map.