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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
200km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
1-2 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Autumn-Winter (but really all year round!)
4Entry point into country
Arendonk
5Exit point from country
Abele
6Language(s)
Flemish (Dutch) and French. German is widely spoken
7Currency
Euro
8Emergency telephone number
112
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
Illegal but there are loads of official campsites around
11Trail riding and the law
Keep to the wide tracks and stay out of the forests
12Bike events on or near the TET

STOP PRESS...

11 Jan 2017
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ROUTE OVERVIEW

Starting around the Turnhout area you will encounter some lovely deep sand tracks, similar to the south of the Netherlands but turning darker as you progress towards the center of the country. Next you will encounter some 'hollow' (sunken) roads in between the fields. We finish by heading to France and Calais to link up with the UK track across many small tracks in between the fields. So progessing from soft and sandy tracks into harder packed terrain during dry weather. Things can get quite slippery in the southern part of the route when wet.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Belgian beers and frites