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Beer and Jazz in Belgium

Three hours from Ostende down the motorways of Europe lies Dinant the place where Adolf Sax invented his wind instrument. The town lies on the river Meuse and has the added bonus of being next door to the Leffe bewery. If there is anyone who has'nt sampled a cold Leffe beer then stop reading this now and go buy a bottle! ...... back to Dinant, a super town; luxury boats moored along the river; pavement cafes and restaurants; lovely weather, 30 deg C when we were there in August. Oh and the climbing...... Freyr is the local crag which overlooks the river and a beatiful chateau. The crag is monster size, of excellent quality limestone and is easily accessed from the road via a good path down through woodland. Routes are of all grades they have been bolted and the bolts are well maintained by the Belgian AC who do a magnificent job. We enjoyed two super days climbing here and can highly reccommend a visit. Another crag we visited was Dave....well we had to hadn't we! Again this is a crag bolted and maintained by the Belgian AC, the crag has some good routes but is by the side of a busy main road and rail line so its rather noisy and hardly secluded climbing. By way of a rest day we took a leasurly canoe trip down the river Lesse, 23km of easy grade paddling complete with picnic stops and cafe pull-ins, just don't mention the other 999 canoes who were also on the river! A super fun day for all the family.

The climbing guide we used was Selected Rock Climbs in Belgium & Luxembourg, Cicerone ISBN 1-85284-155-9 and has very good info on the routes. We camped at Villatoile, an excellent site just 2km from the crag.

Dave & Julie