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Motocross in Filthy Trails, Antwerp, Flanders Belgium

Valley length:
250 ac / 1 km²
Shortest route / longest route:
5 km (3.1 mi) / 13.5 km (8.6 mi)
Level of experience:
All
Features:
Hard climbs with technical descents
Antwerp is the northernmost province of both Belgium and the Flemish Region (Flanders). Clockwise from the north it borders with North Brabant province of the Netherlands and also the Belgian provinces of Limburg, Flemish Brabant and East Flanders. Capital city is Antwerp which comprises the port of Antwerp. Antwerp is known for its chemical, diamond, paper, metallurgy, glass, dynamite, textile and tobacco industries.

Every dirt enthusiast should visit the Maasvallei Park, a big private fenced area of 250 ac / 1 km². The terrain is located in Lanklaar and contains a huge lake, big artificial mountains (terrils) and all of these and even more are surrounded by a beautiful forest with striking fauna and flora. Inside this amazing terrain, it is situated the coolest bike park, called The Filthy Trails.

The Filthy Trails circuit contains many trails for various sports, one of which is motocross.

The routes are varying between 5-7-9-11 and 13.5 km / 3.1-4.6-5.1-8.6 mi long and the level of difficulty depends on the trail, the consistence of the ground and the trails features.  The routes are 5 and include hard climbs with technical descents. The shortest route of 5 km / 3.1 mi long is a lovely easy route where you can enjoy the magnificent and friendly environment.

The longest route 13.5 km / 8.6 mi long is only for pros who want to advance their technique and push themselves into the limits by climbing and descending all the terrils. If it is adventure and high speed you are looking for, this is the place for you. Remember to bring food and drinks with you and to call first to learn the opening hours.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Leper
80.1 miles (130 km), 1 hour 19 mins
Head south on Patersstraat toward Seminariestraat. Continue onto De Montstraat. Continue onto Arsenaalstraat. Continue onto Wateringsstraat. Continue onto Kanonweg. Turn right onto Rijselstraat/N336. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Zuiderring/N37 Continue to follow N37 Go through 2 roundabouts. Turn right to merge onto A19 toward Kortrijk/Menen/Gent/Rijsel/E17/A17/Brugge/Lille. Take exit Kortrijk-Zuid to merge onto R8 toward Kortrijk-Centrum. Take the exit onto E17 toward R8/Gent. At the interchange Antwerpen-West, keep right and follow signs for Breda/Luik/Brussel/Antwerpen-Centrum/Ring Antwerpen/Haven 1-499. Merge onto E34. At the interchange 5a-Antwerpen-Centrum, keep right and follow signs for Boom/Hoboken/A12. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Antwerpen-Centrum and merge onto N113. Continue straight onto Frankrijklei/N1. Turn left onto Maria-Henriëttalei/N184. Continue onto Bourlastraat. Continue onto Leopoldstraat. Continue onto Komedieplaats. Turn right onto Huidevettersstraat. Turn left onto Meirbrug. Turn right onto Eiermarkt
BY CAR FROM Liege
78.5 miles (126 km), 1 hour 19 mins
Head west on Rue Armand Stouls toward Quai Orban/N90. Take the 1st right onto Quai Orban/N90. Continue to follow N90. Slight left onto Quai Longdoz. Continue onto Quai Bonaparte. Continue onto Quai du Roi Albert/N90. Continue onto A25. At the interchange Cheratte, keep right and follow signs for E40/E25 toward E313/Bruxelles/Anvers/Luxembourg/Ring. Take the exit toward E313/Anvers/Hasselt. Merge onto A601. Take the exit onto E313 This road is temporarily closed. At the interchange 17-Antwerpen-Oost, keep left and follow signs for Antwerpen-Centrum/Borgerhout. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Deurne Noord/Singel Noord/Centrum and merge onto Karel Geertsstraat/N12 Continue to follow N12. Continue onto Kipdorpbrug. Slight left onto Lange Nieuwstraat. Continue onto Korte Nieuwstraat Turn left onto Sudermanstraat
BY AIR
Antwerp International Airport,
3.1 miles (6.3 km)
BY TRAIN

Iron Rhine at its Dutch part connects Antwerp with the German Ruhr area and runs from the Belgian border via Budel, Weert and Roermond to Vlodrop and the German border. The railroads connect the major cites of the province, such as Antwerp, Mechelen, Herentals, Turnhout and Mol. The Iron Rhine connects Antwerp with Mönchengladbach in Germany. The new High Speed Train connects Antwerpen-Centraal railway station with Brussels (HSL 4) and Amsterdam (HSL-Zuid) at high speed. So take a train from almost anywhere in Europe and abort at the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station.

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