Dinant and the cobbled roads of Flanders

Dinant.jpgWe set off today from Rochefort for a stop in between here and Brugge. The Flanders area has some cobbled road cycling that Phil wants to experience so we look for the best Aire in our Camperstop book to stay at for the night. We also like to check the Campercontact website for the reviews on each site and decide that one in Ronse is the best. It has the best and most reviews so we set off for there.

On the route we decide to stop in Dinant, a little town situated on a cliffs edge. Known for the Citadel we parked at the top where there is free parking. We bought the entrance ticket which is €8 per person and includes entrance to the Citadel, access to the funicular (or you can walk the 408 steps down) and a free tour. We didn’t take the tour as it’s not in English ( although they do offer English leaflets you can follow along) so decided to find the best viewing spots ourselves.

The town is quaint and a perfect pitstop for our journey. You cannot leave without taking an iconic photo of the citadel from across the bridge. This particular photo is one that is used to represent many towns located in this area, like Namur and Rochefort, but is in fact in Dinant. When we were researching how to find the place in the picture it became particularly difficult when many towns use it to represent themselves.

The funicular down to the town is automatic so when you step in it leaves without the need for any staff, it was a pretty hot day so we didn’t fancy the steps. (That’s the excuse we are sticking with)

After a picnic lunch we decide to set off for the aire.

The journey is mainly on main roads, the likes of which are not greatly maintained. We arrive in Ronse, a sad looking little commercial town and find that our Aire which is based in a car park behind a swimming pool complex is inaccessible because the gate is shut and the swimming pool is closed, so can’t give us the code. We decide to head to the next Aire on the list, this one only had 5 reviews but turns out to be a pleasant surprise. Based 3km outside the centre of Anzegem is a car park with 3 campervan spaces. Located opposite a blue bell forest and surrounded by country side, this little gem was perfect for the night. Phil heads off on a 40km road ride to find the cobbled roads and I take the time to explore the forest.

There are no facilities here but when in a camper you don’t need many, the luxury of being self sufficient is not lost on us yet.

Tomorrow we leave for Brugge,we will be staying in a campsite there for 2 nights as the aires are the same price and don’t offer the same facilities. A little luxury at least.


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