The Dender is a calm flowing river with quite a bit of difference in altitude, especially in Wallonia. However, when it’s raining the flow rate is significantly higher and the rainwater supplied is drained quickly. River tourism is mainly focused on motorised pleasure boats. Rental in Pollare, Ninove, in the de Black Flesch café - and make sure to taste the Black Flesh beer there - and also kayak rental. You can rent canoes at the provincial domain the Gavers.
Ninove and Geraardsbergen make great efforts to make sure tourists have a great time. A beautiful pedestrian bridge over the Dender in Ninove connects both banks and makes the marina very accessible. You will regularly notice foreign yachts mooring here to explore the region. Geraardsbergen also has a beautiful marina and has many tourist attractions. At the foothills of the sloping Pajottenland region, this town is an excellent starting point.
Alternating stunning nature and industry. It is really not crowded on the water, but it is along the tow path that is eagerly used by tourist bikers and recreational cyclists. Despite the fact that there is still some foam near the locks, the water quality has improved and contains plenty of fish. On summer days you can see dozens of carps on the water surface.
The route is recommended with canoe trolley when transferring at the locks. Or a ‘strong’ team.
In 2007 the infrastructure along the waterfront is steadily advancing: the new Schiptrekkersbrug in Denderleeuw, a bicycle and pedestrian bridge, slipway, beautiful jetty, picturesque rectory with playground 'Hof Ter Leeuwe' and benches.
Just one more jetty down the river at the lock in Huisegem and a lovely canoeing route from Geraardsbergen to Denderleeuw, with restaurants, picturesque village centres on the way, some even with shops and restaurants within walking distance. A nice boost for gentle water recreation and tourism!
If you are looking for more information about the city of Aalst and the many attractions for you to discover, visit the website of the Tourist office: www.aalst.be/toerisme And make sure to visit the tourist office centrally located at Hopmarkt. A 360° film about the city and its surrounding villages is definitely recommended to immerse yourself completely.