With the weather forecast predicting temperatures up to 29 degrees, I thought I would choose a walk under the trees for my Saturday morning hike, for a bit of coolness. I was glad I did. Even when I set off at nine o’clock the sun was beating down, and by ten o’clock it was already scorching in the open sun.
The walk I chose was this 14 km walk through the forests to the north of Diest. Starting point is the Diest railway station: simply leave the station and cross over the footbridge to the left of Wim’s Clubs sandwich bar:
Halfway around is the Kiewithoeve, a conveniently placed brasserie where I was looking forward to slake my thirst.
I also passed an interesting bio-farm, the Bolhuishoeve.
They sell an interesting range of biofoods, and according to their website you can treat your children to donkey rides around the farm. You can even stay in a caravan for a farm holiday. Unfortunately however, despite wandering around, the place seemed to be deserted. Maybe they were all out in the fields.
However, despite the disappointments of a closed café and a deserted farm, this is a really lovely walk. The footpaths are well maintained, the village lanes are virtually car-free, and the overall area is so peaceful.
14 km is quite a lot to do in one morning, but you can make a day of it and stop over in the Kiewithoeve for lunch. Alternatively, there are numerous short cuts you can take to reduce the distance.