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Denzil

I am a full-time freelance writer based in Belgium, where I now have joint Belgian-British nationality. My day job is a technical copywriter, which involves writing content for websites, blog posts, white papers, presentations, video scripts etc., for companies in a range of industry sectors.

Discovering Belgium is my personal blog focusing, not surprisingly, on Belgium. It covers suggestions for days out, hikes, cycle rides, nature reserves, castles, museums, city trips and much more.

DenzilWalton.com is my professional technical copywriting site.

Spontin and the Bocq Valley

Wanting to take full advantage of the promise of a hot Saturday – a rare occurrence in Belgium this year, and even more exceptional in October – today I decided to explore the countryside around the pretty little village of Spontin, which is located in the Condroz area […]

Cycling on the Promenade Verte

Guest Blogger Rebecca writes a blog describing her eating and drinking adventures in Brussels, and also provides travel tips on the Belgian capital for the Guardian’s Been There Travel website. Did you know that there is another Ring in Brussels, one which takes you through the city’s outermost […]

Mollendaalbos, Haasrode

The Mollendaalbos just south of Heverlee is a great place to walk, especially now with the leaves beginning to turn. I recommend parking in the car park on the E25 Naamsesteenweg where it crosses the Weertsedreef. The car park is indicated clearly. The turn-off is at the wooden […]

Discovering Japan – in Zoutleeuw

I first visited the Japan Cultural Centre in Zoutleeuw a couple of years ago, and was amazed at the energy and creativity of the owners, Saskia and Bart. They really have some great events there. The Japan Cultural Centre is an organization aiming to spread authentic Japanese culture […]

Kalmthout Arboretum

Covering 12 hectares and with a collection of over 7,000 rare trees and shrubs and many more perennials, Kalmthout Arboretum to the north of Antwerp has become known worldwide. It’s well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Brueghel Walk, Sint-Anna-Pede

Guest blogger: Pierre, a 29-year old Frenchman who has been living in Brussels for three years. He’s interested in history, literature and nature. It seems unbelievable, but it is true! You look once, twice, three times at Pieter Brueghel’s painting The Blind Leading the Blind, and then at […]

Driving through Belgium

Guest blogger Helen Pritchard from NetCars gives her top three locations when driving through Belgium. If you’re looking for the ultimate driving holiday, Belgium is an ideal destination. Being quite a small country and having pretty good road links, Belgium can be explored easily by car and offers […]

Beauvoorde Castle near Veurne

From the outside, Beauvoorde Castle appears to be a perfect example of a 17th century castle. But don’t be deceived. It was actually created in the late 19th century through the romantic vision of one man. In 1875, wealthy nobleman Arthur Merghelynck fell in love with a ruined […]

Memorials and watermills in Rebecq

Until May 29th, in the village of Rebecq, 25 km south-west of Brussels, the local museum is hosting an exhibition to commemorate the loss of an RAF Lancaster shot down over the village in the Second World War. During the night of 27/28 May 1944, the Lancaster was […]

Planespotting at Brussels airport

Plane spotting at Brussels Airport

Guest blogger: Mike Pearce A great, safe, free, easily accessible and child-friendly location from which to spot planes landing and taking off at Brussels Airport is along the Zeven Tommen in Zaventem. In the last year this site has gained in popularity among plane spotters and plane photographers, […]

Leuven Botanical Garden

The Leuven Botanical Garden may be one of the smallest botanical gardens in Belgium, but it’s one of the most charming. It’s small enough to cover in an hour or two; it’s well laid out; and easily accessible with wheelchairs and children’s buggies.

Peregrine falcons in Brussels 2014

April 2014 update: Four eggs laid, three hatched and the youngsters doing well! Click here for a live link to the video stream! ======= April 2013 update: The peregrines are back in the cathedral tower, and the female has already laid her eggs and is brooding them. You […]