Get ready for a superb natural spectacle. Bluebells. Millions of them
The GR 571 goes through some of the most attractive scenery in the Ardennes. Here’s my guide to Stage 1
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 Picardy Wallonia region of Belgium, here’s a good website to start your journey of discovery
An ingenious network of cycle paths and footpaths covers many parts of Belgium
A 15 km hike through the green valleys around Masbourg in the Ardennes
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 my past!
After 11 November 1918, life returned to normal in Flanders. Except that it didn’t
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!