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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.

The woods around Huldenberg

The 9 km Ijsewandeling starts from the centre of Huldenberg, behind the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe church. You can park on the village square. By public transport, the 344 bus travels conveniently from Schumann to Huldenberg. After your walk you can quench your thirst at the Rochus Taverne on the Gemeenteplein.

Gallo Roman Museum, Tongeren

The renewed and improved Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren is impressive. It’s spacious, airy, atmospheric, with an excellent mix of the traditional and the new, and all in a superb location right in the heart of the historical city of Tongeren. A new museum was certainly necessary. The old […]

Saeftinghe

The Drowned Land of Saeftinghe

First, a word of caution. If you are looking for a gentle Sunday afternoon stroll in a pretty park with a conveniently located waffle-van, then the Verdronken (Drowned) Land of Saeftinghe near Antwerp isn’t for you. It’s muddy, it’s exposed, and there’s no waffle-van for kilometres. But if […]

Trail of the unexpected – Rixensart

For me, one  enjoyable aspect of walking in the countryside is the possibility of the unexpected. This walk, which starts from the Château de Rixensart, certainly gave me a few surprises. With your back to the castle, turn left, walk up the road, take the first left into […]

Bourgoyen nature reserve, Gent

If your idea of a wild duck only extends to the mallards floating on the pond in your local park and greedily swallowing your stale bread, then a visit to the Bourgoyen nature reserve in Mariakerke, on the outskirts of Gent, will change your opinion. Choose a sunny […]

Kalmthout Heath, Antwerp

I never thought I would compare the region north of Antwerp to Scotland – until I visited Kalmthout Heath. If you get the chance to visit this lovely area, forget for a moment that you are only 20 minutes from the centre of Antwerp and just soak up […]

Justus Lipsius walk – Overijse

The 9 km Justus Lipsius walk around Overijse is not recommended for young children (or for prams or buggies) but for those who persevere with its gradients and occasionally rough terrain, it’s well worth the effort. It affords stunning views over Overijse and Wavre and leads you alongside […]

Breskens (NL) and its lighthouse

Someone asked me recently if I could recommend a walk along a coastal path in Belgium that is free from high-rise apartments and amusement arcades. I began to explain how Breskens fits the bill perfectly – and then realised to my embarrassment that Breskens is actually in The […]

Wild boar in Nassogne

The picturesque village of Nassogne in the Ardennes is located 15 kilometres directly south of the larger and better known town of Marche-en-Famenne. The tourist office in Marche will sell you the Nassogne walking map for 7 EUR, which displays over a dozen walks between four and 14 […]

Zilvermeer, Mol

From the “Ecocentrum” visitors centre at the entrance to the Zilvermeer leisure park north-east of Mol, you can choose your walk depending on whether you don’t mind getting your feet wet or prefer to keep them dry. An adventurous walk (Buitengoor) will take you over very wet and […]

River Dijle Neerijse

Doode Bemde, Neerijse

The Doode Bemde nature reserve outside Neerijse is bordered by the Rivers Dijle and Ijse and can be reached by the 344 bus from Brussels’ Schumann roundabout. If you are driving, you can park by the Sint-Pieters-en-Paulus church. The 5.5 km Doode Bemde walk starts at the church, […]

The late, great Saint – Leefdaal

The delightful 6.5 km Sint-Veronawandeling starts behind the Sint-Lambertus church in the village of Leefdaal. You can park opposite the church in the car park. By public transport from Brussels you can take the 44 tram to Tervuren and then the 315 bus to Leefdaal. Alternatively you can […]

The inclined plane at Ronquieres

The Réseau Autonome de Voies Lentes (RAVeL), or as its website quaintly translates it, the Autonomous Network of Slow Ways, was established in 1995. This network of old canal embankments and disused railway tracks winds through much of Wallonia. Currently, it extends to over 1000 km of pathways. […]