About Me

Hoge KempenI have lived in Belgium for the past 27 years and in that time I have got to know and love this varied country. Every Saturday morning I try and take off and explore some area of this interesting country. And for weekend breaks we often rent a holiday cottage in the Ardennes.

I’m married to Liz, who is a clarinet teacher, and we have four adult children aged between 23 and 29.

I’m a freelance technical copywriter and journalist and I work from our home in Herent, near Leuven.



Feel free to drop me a line if you have a comment about this website, or a suggestion of a place to visit and write about.

Denzil Walton


  1. Hi Denzil:
    Taru from WIC TOURS has forwarded your website/blog to myself and Helen Palk as we will be taking over the WIC TOURS group for next year. Of course we have to get busy now to plan ahead…I have submitted my email for blog updates and look forward to taking a day trip with you one day. I’ve just returned home from the floralia-brussels…splendid, indeed.


  2. Hi,
    Just came across your blog & thought you might be able to offer ideas.
    We are travelling to Begium for the 1st time later this month. We arrive at Brussels airport and have booked 1 night in Brugge & 1 night in Antwerp. Originally, thought we’d rent a car at BRU and travel, we are staying 3 nights outside of Namur with family friends. Our final destination is a wedding in Heidelburg the first weekend in July.
    I just found out that there is a 300euro surcharge to return rental car in Stuttgart, so I am now thinking about renting 2 cars, one for Belgium and i for Germany and taking trains in between.
    I would love any advice that you could offer, including places to see, where to find train inf, etc.


  3. Hi Denzil. So happy to have found your site. I am looking for a good 3 day walk in a scenic part of Belgium that is accessible by train from Brussels. There is so little I found on the web in english.

    I was hoping for a 30-35 mile walk. I will do this in November so I know it will be chilly :). Any recommendations on the right maps, etc. would be great.

    Thanks so much for your recommendations.


  4. Hi Denzil, This week I am spending four days exploring parts of Flanders and I would like to see Castle Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde in Bornem. I know I can’t go inside without an organised tour, but can you advise where might be a good place to view the castle? Can it easily been seen from the street or is it better to view it from across the water, Oude Schelde?


    • Hi Wendy. You can see the castle from across the other side of the River Schelde, from Binnendijkstraat. Unfortunately you are more likely to get a better view in the winter when the trees are not in leaf. But I am fairly confident that you will be able to see it in June too, although it’s a few years since I was there. In fact there is a marked footpath that goes along the Binnendijkstraat. I will email you a map that shows it.


      • Hi Denzil, just to let you know I did get a good view of the castle across the River Schelde. As you said there are a lot of leafy trees but there was one very clear view, and its a beautiful castle. Thanks for your advice and for sending me the map.


  5. Dear Denzil, Thanks to you that I came across the wood craft in Belgium… I am very very interested in learning wood crafting especially using scroll machine… Do you know someone apart from Patrick who can teach me.. He gives lessons, but they only start in September… I would be very thankful for your info !


  6. Hoping to do a linear walk in the Ardennes next spring,over 5 to 8 days staying at band b or small hotels. Is there any publications in English if possible of recognised routes.




  7. Dear Denzil, Kudos to you! Just came across your blog and your words are really inspiring. I am moving with my husband to Belgium in a couple of months and I am planning to discover more of Belgium through your blog. Do you have any suggestions on the best places for us to live in Belgium(Flanders or Brussels area) so that we both can really explore the charm of Belgium and yet be in a good and safe neighborhood ? Would love to see a post on that probably!!


    • Hi there, thanks for your positive comments! So glad you enjoy the blog, and for your idea for a post on good and safe neighborhoods, which has given me something to think about. Let’s take this discussion offline as there are so many influences on where is a good place to live in Belgium (work, school, language, etc.).


  8. Hi. Love your writing and the way you arise appetite to follow your footsteps. Was thrilled to read about Bruegel trail. WE are 2 young ladies (60+) staying in Hoogstraten for 5 days (came for the Zundert flower parade)
    Plan to do the trail on the day we plan to go to the amazing Hores art galery in st marten latem. I have 2 Q: how long it takes the trail – easy walking? 2/ where in belgium can we see Bruegel’s (all of them) paintings?
    Thank you for answering


    • Thanks for the compliments Amira! I have sent you an email with a brochure and map of the walk, plus a video link. It’s 7 km so about 2 hours of easy walking. As far as I know, there is no single place in Belgium (or anywhere) where you can see all his originals. Enjoy your visit to Hoogstraten and Sint-Anna-Pede!


  9. Hi Denzil, I’ve been looking for information about Belgium and your blog has been the most helpful! Thank you!

    I’ll be traveling in January with two kids (9 and 5) who have never seen snow, and I’d like to make the most of it. Skiing is too much, but playing with sledges and other winter fun would be great. I think they’d appreciate walking tours as well, although they’re not used to the cold, so I’d rather not make it too long.

    I believe you have suggested the area around Modave to go with small kids?

    Do we need to have a car or is possible/better to just get there by train? I’m thinking about the roads, we’re still not that used to driving through the snow.

    Thanks again for all the great information. Should you ever need advice when traveling to Barcelona, please let me know.

    Kind regards,



  10. Hi Denzil,

    What a great site you have! I got more info in a few minutes than much time spent already.I am a writer working on a story (sequel) where characters go to Belgium. Difficult to find info needed–much written about this charming and fascinating little country’s cities, little about forests. I need info about the forests between St. Vith and La Roche. My character searching for portal to another world hidden in the forests–British soldier in WWII is supposed to have found. Of course, difficulty of hiding anything there today creates a problem: locate probable spot where he could have wandered alone from just south or west of St. Vith and gotten into deep forest–and that spot would have to be still there today, perhaps disguised somewhat.

    Am excited to make story partially features this exciting place–want to travel there in future–wonder if you could help me out with ideas for solution to my problem? I would be very appreciative! Thanks. Roger Crane


    • Thanks for your positive comments about my blog Roger, and for such an interesting question. Never been asked such a question before. I will reply to you by email and hope I can help.


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