Hike through the extensive coniferous forests of the Kempense Heuvelrug. Along the way, the forest is interspersed with heaths and fens such as the Zwart Water and the Snepkensvijver. The Kempense Heuvelrug is a remnant of land dunes that arose when the sea receded.
This walk goes from the Boseindse Bergen forest to the valley of the Witte Nete. Here you walk on a plank path along the Zwarte Nete through trouser forests and soaked swamps with strange names such as the Haring, the Weense Putten and the Koeibemdekens. Then it goes in the direction of the Retiese water mill on the Witte Nete. From the mill you walk to the Beverdonkse Heide a patchwork of forests and open plains, meadows and fields.
As the name of the walk suggests, you will find many foot bridges on your path on this tour. Trenches and streams run through the forest, but the bridges keep your feet dry. The route follows winding forest paths through the beautiful Ravels forests. The 'Miezerige Paadje', a path along the heath leads you past the Klotgoor and the Kesse fen.
The Rupel region has an important place in the economic and social history of the province of Antwerp due to its important concentration of brickyards. On this walk you will find brickwork heritage but above all a wonderful nature that reclaimed the clay pits.
The main theme of this walk in the Grote Netewoud is the Grote Nete. The route goes along the river to the nature reserve Malesbroek. Unfortunately you get to see just a glimp of the large water feature of the Malesbroek but the surrounding nature makes up for it. Then it continues in the direction of the nature reserve De Hutten where pine forest plays the leading role.
The Hoboken Polder forms a green and wonderfully quiet oasis in a Scheldt bend close to the city of Antwerp. This route goes along the ditches of the Hoboken Polder, Broekslot, Rallegat and Ruitersplas.
After barely a few steps in the Keiheuvel a wide landscape opens up with sandy plains, fens and dune grasslands, surrounded by pine trees. After a detour along the Canal to Beverlo it goes towards the Most. The low-lying and marshy valley contrasts nicely with the high and dry Keiheuvel. De Most once served as a hunting ground and shelter for the resistance in the Second World War.
This cross-border hike departs in the Elsakker nature reserve, which owes its name to the former steward Wouter van Elsacker, manager of this area around 1588. Then you walk across the Strijkbeekse Heide, where you can see how the heathland is fully recovered by cutting down coniferous trees and removing the rich humus layer. Along the way you will learn more about the rich smuggling history of this region.
In Laakdal, the landscape gently waves up and down. The rivers Kleine and Grote Laak meander towards the Grote Nete. Forests, streams and meadows characterize the low-lying Laak valleys. In this way you step in the Eindhoutbroek along wet grasslands, alder forests and rough vegetation. On the Eindhoutberg you will find iron sandstone hills with hollow roads. A fantastic piece of green on the border of the provinces of Antwerp, Flemish Brabant and Limburg.
This walking route goes via nodes of the Kempense Hoven walking network through the Schupleer nature reserve. The Kleine Nete may not be the most celebrated river in Flanders, but it is still one of the most beautiful. The way she winds through the landscape and has carved many beautiful meanders, is truly unique. The landscape image in these valleys is determined by vast, wet meadows, trunks and some beautiful reed.
Can meandering rivers, grasslands, heathland and forests charm you? This walk in the Grote Netewoud has it all. The route takes you along the Grote Nete to the Volsbergen forests and the Verloren Schaap nature reserve. Afterwards the Belse Heide with immense drifting dunes and the Bels Broek offer you a complete different landscape.
This walk goes through the beautiful nature area Scheps and the green surroundings of Olmen through nodes of the Kempense Landduinen Hiking Network. The Scheps nature reserve lies in the upper course of the Grote Nete valley, between the Olmen district and the Scheps hamlet. All sorts of affluents, such as the Asbeek, the Visbeek and the Hanske Selsloop, join the Grote Nete here. The valley is therefore at its widest here. Although the rusty-brown water color might suggest otherwise, the water quality in the streams is good, which means that the fish stocks are very varied. Brook prick and roadside are just a few examples of this.
This cross-border hike in the Merkske valley goes through the Manke Goren and De Broskens nature reserves. There is no shortage of nature on this route, fields and forest are interspersed with pools, wood edges, meadows and wet meadows. The meandering streams Merkske and Markske are the eye-catchers.
This nature walk goes by nodes of the Kempens Landgoed walking network through the nature reserves Lokkerse Dammen and Het Goorken. These areas are located in the valley of the Wamp. In this marshy area you will find both peat moor, heather and reed lands as well as open water, willow and gale bushes. The second part goes through the Dessel-Schoten Canal and past wet meadows and open countryside.
During this beautiful nature walk you hop four times across the border with the Netherlands. The route goes from Wortel Kolonie, once a colony for vagrants, to the brook valley of the Merkske along the Halsche Beemden and the Castelreesche heath.
Walk through woods and farmland of the Heycant in Merksplas along the Ginhoven fields towards Zondereigen, the Noordmark river is your guide on this first part. Then you go through the nature reserve of the valley of the Marksken and the Merkske, you will be amazed by the peace and quiet that reigns here. This discovery tour through this green corner of Merksplas and Baarle-Hertog is highly recommended!
This walk in Klein-Brabant goes through the former domains of the d'Ursel family, over the Scheldt dike and along wet grass and hay lands. Along the edge of Hingene it goes through an open landscape with fields to a beautiful nature reserve on the Eikerheide.
This walk in the nature reserve Hoge Vijvers goes via small paths and wide lanes through this vast forest. It is hard to imagine that there was no forest here until the mid-nineteenth century. At that time peat extraction was still being carried out, as a result of which ponds originated on this higher part of the Kempen, this explains the name 'Hoge Vijvers'.
This varied walk goes through the beautiful nature reserve Zoersel forest with a unique landscape for the Kempen, where the grasslands are bordered by wood edges. This landscape is interspersed with age-old oak forests and softwood. What do monks and Hendrik Consciense have to do with this beautiful area?
This walk takes you alternately along a rural, wooded and extensive swamp area in the surroundings of the Balderij, the Lage Rielen and the Rielenbroek. In the surroundings of the 'Grote and Kleine Kaliebeek', lies a vast swamp area. Sporadically, open spaces with humid hay meadows and heather-tree vegetations occur.
This walk goes through woods, beautiful heathlands with drifting dunes and via a wooden path over soaking peat bogs. Depending on the season, you can enjoy purple heather, spicy-smelling scrub bushes or sweet-scented broom on the way.
This walking introduces you to this beautiful nature reserve that consists mainly of monotonous pine forests, but has gradually been transformed into a very varied area with deciduous forest, coniferous forest, heathland and fen.
This varied walk goes through the Vrieselhof Castle Domain to the Halse forests and then goes along beautiful forest roads in the direction of the Oelegem fortress. Along the way, open landscapes are interspersed with beautiful forest trails.
Nature walk through the valley of the Grote Nete with the eye-catchers' t Schipke, the Kruiskensberg van Bevel and the Merodeforest. In short, a very varied route in the heart of the Kempen.
In the middle of the agricultural zone, between Beerse, Rijkevorsel and Vlimmeren, lies the beautiful nature reserve Eksterheide. The walk takes you through forests, along fens and through heathland. You will not notice much of the old airport that once was here, sheep are helping to keep the advancing trees under control, while in the rest of the nature reserve grazing cattle and konik horses contribute to keeping the landscape open.