I set off on the first stage of the GR 571 long-distance path in the Belgian Ardennes. I quickly get confused as to which path to take, but the diversion gave me great views. Oh, the temperature was below zero! Brrr!
Follow me over a few weekends as I walk the 165-km GR 571 long-distance footpath in the Belgian Ardennes. It’s just one of many long-distance paths that criss-cross Belgium. Will I complete it? Let’s find out.
If you want to explore the Le Tournaisis region of Belgium, this website is a good starting point. The whole area is worth exploring. It contains two natural parks, quaint villages, rural museums, chateaux, and a comprehensive network of country walks.
An ingenious network of cycle paths and footpaths covers many parts of Flanders and makes it easy to devise your own unique cycling and hiking route.
Talbot House in Poperinge is one of the most evocative First World War sites in Belgium. It was used by soldiers for rest and relaxation before returning to the Front. It’s still very much as it used to be 100 years ago.
A 15 km hike through the green valleys around Masbourg in the Ardennes. If you want some fresh air, wonderful views, cute cottages and a bit of solitude, this walk could be just what the doctor ordered!
A Happy Christmas and a New Year full of Belgian Discoveries! Yes, it’s my final post of 2015. But what a strange day. 14 degrees warm, and in the direct sunshine, as hot as a day in June. Not good from the perspective of the planet’s climate, but so good to get some sunshine in December.
A 14 km walk through forests, fields and heathland, and a visit to the past. Why? We used to live in Langdorp, over 20 years ago. We spent 3 years there, and I haven’t been back since. Will I recognize it? Will it have changed? Read on to find out!
Armistice Day 1918 marked the end of the First World War. We tend to think “phew, that was that!” and believe that people could finally get “back to normal”. But to the Flemish returning to Flanders Fields, they were greeted by desolation and danger. It marked the start of a huge clear-up of the devastated landscape.
A 11 km hike through forests, along a river, with some unusual sights and gorgeous autumnal colours. This is the kind of walk I love: an area I’ve never visited before, so with all the anticipation of new discoveries. And there were plenty!
Sense-Sations is an opportunity to sample the delights of Mechelen’s local food and drink specialties. I was invited by Mechelen Tourism to test it out. It was fun, and if you do it, you might be able to “click” with the shop assistants better than I did!
A 7.5-km walk around Doiceau, with opportunities to harvest the fruits of the wild. No, it wasn’t the sunniest day. In fact it was grey and getting greyer by the minute. But I came back with a big bag of chestnuts to cook for supper. Oh dear, that didn’t work!
The 538 steps up St. Rumbold’s Tower are worth the effort, for the views from the top are breathtaking
Keerbergen Mill is the last remaining mill of 76 that used to grind corn in the Dijle region. If you live in the neighborhood it’s worth taking a look at, although currently you can’t go inside.
Get those walking boots on for a 15 km walk around Erezee in the Belgian Ardennes. The walking is fairly easy: no steep climbs. And there’s an interesting chocolate museum just outside the village too!