Adinkerke Things to Do Tips by johngayton
Adinkerke Things to Do: 8 reviews and 12 photos
Cycle Path In No-man's Land
On my September Monday afternoon wander I noticed quite a few recreational cyclists and the area looks ideal for doing so. As you can see from the pic the cycle path is well marked and well separated from the road traffic. Next time I'll ask at the Bar/Tabac about cycle hire.
Update March 2011
Still not sure about cycle hire - the only cycle shop I found was closed on Mondays but it seems that there's plenty of cycle paths around and there's a useful signpost (with map) on the little square by the church (pics 2 and 3).
Directions: Between the towns and I assume further afield.
The Belgian Cemetery Behind The Church
On a more sombre note to the rest of my tips on this page.
During WW1 some of the most horrific battles took place in Flanders, particulary Ypres and Passchendale, and a couple of casualty clearing stations were established at Oosthoek, just outside Adinkerke.
There are two military cemeteries - one just off the road between Adinkerke and De Panne and the other behind the Sint Audomarus churchyard.
Here's the respective websites:
In Memoriam (Easter 1915) by Edward Thomas
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.
This is a family fun park official tagged as in De Panne but is in fact in the no-man's land between Adinkerke and De Panne. This is a Disney-style attraction with rides and bits and pieces designed for kids of all ages and the physical and web sites both look quite attractive.
As well as the rides there's a little animal farm, plenty of family restaurants and shops. Couldn't find a bar anywhere though and so perhaps I'll give this one a miss!
Website has all the info in glorious technicolor.
Address: Plopsaland, De Panne
Directions: Just up the road from the railway station.
Entrance From Main Road
This is a large nature reserve between the two towns on what is one of the major stretches of Flemish sand dunes, the Westhoek Dunes. The area was planted by the agriculturist Maurice Calmeyn in 1903 and has been a designated protected landscape since 1935.
The reserve is criss-crossed with public footpaths but otherwise is left pretty much to nature and by all accounts maintains a rich biodiversity.
I didn't have time for more than a peek this visit but it certainly looks tranquil and would be an ideal place to stroll after a proper Belgian lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.
Address: Het Calmeynbos, Adinkerke/De Panne
Directions: Between the two towns, a short walk up from the railway station.
Location In No-man's Land
This is another no-man's land place, once again officially in De Panne. I liked the name and yep it does look like there's a bar here but it was shut on the Monday that I was passing and so can't comment any further except to say here it is.
Website has the info:
Address: De Panneland 80
Directions: Just up from the railway station, next door to Plopsaland.
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