This walk pays tribute to Juul Noeyens. Between 1970 and 1989, Juul organized a walk from Worteldorp to Wortel-Kolonie for 20 years with Wortel fair (second Sunday in July). He chose a special corner in or around the colony and each time told an interesting story. In doing so, he not only brought people together in a sporting activity, but he also made them aware of the cultural-historical heritage and thus made an unmistakable contribution to the development of tourism in the region. Juul was a schoolteacher in Wortel where he also lived and was a very active and beloved village figure. For him, walking to the colony was literally going back to his roots, because he was born there. Next to the Casino there has been a monument since 1989 in memory of the man who "taught Wortel to walk", but who unfortunately died at the age of 69.
The boundary between peace and war was literally put under tension during the First World War. This walk takes you past influential locations at the time of WWI. You pass the new and old town hall of Baarle-Hertog, the former Belgian post office and the headquarters of the Dutch commander. But also the town hall of Baarle-Nassau, the former train station, the locations of the Belgian military broadcasting station and the soldiers' barracks on Loveren. There was the gate at the fence around Baarle center, the Red Cross post of the Dutch army and several other places that remind of WW1. Never before has a border made such a big difference.
This themed walk introduces you to Zondereigen, which was occupied by the German army during World War I and where the national border was closed with a high-voltage wire barrier: the Death Wire.
This walk is situated in and around Meer, the northwestern sub-municipality of Hoogstraten. The Strawberry Path takes you past the horticultural businesses where the strawberries or 'Queens of Hoogstraten' are in charge. This path shows you strawberry cultivation in all its aspects. As you will notice, the strawberry fields in the open air have largely been replaced by large greenhouses and plastic tunnels.
The hike starts on quiet agricultural roads through agricultural and forest areas in the brook valley of the Rovertsche Leij to the chapel of Rovert. The route continues parallel to the Dutch border and returns through the woods of Molenheide. The last part you walk along the meandering Rovertsche Leij.
This nature walk goes through a stately lane past the former vagrant farm and takes you to the border with the Netherlands. You walk on a winding path through a swampy area with fens and heather. Via the Torendreef you come to the Bootjesven. The Bootjesven is a natural fen that was deepened for peat extraction. The guards of the Colony used to come to swim with their families at the Bootjesven. On summer days, they deposited their wallet at a "colon" on the edge of the pool.
The walk starts in the beautiful Domain Prinsenpark with the Gertry pond and the Kattesteert pond as eye-catchers. Walk along the Bocholt - Herentals canal in the direction of the SCK-CEN forests. Via Sas 6 you cross the canal again to go back to the Prinsenpark along the course of the Hooibeek.
You walk along the Nete to the Nazareth Zuid nature reserve, a stone's throw from the center of Lier. The area is located between the Kleine Nete and Nazarethdreef. A wooden path and forest path lead you through this beautiful and wild piece of nature.
Den Rooy and Smisselbergen are two vast forest areas in Meerle where you can discover different biotopes and habitats. The Heerlese Loop runs straight through the area. Part of the area south of the course is managed as flowery grassland. This forest area is an important connecting zone between several nature reserves in the Netherlands & Belgium.
The walk goes from Merksplas Kolonie to a beautiful piece of nature at the Bies fen. Through an open landscape and past old clay pits you make the connection with the nature reserve De Blakheide. Here you walk along Het Blak, which also has a bird watching wall. The walk goes back through forests along small heaths and fens in the direction of Merksplas Kolonie where you follow the ring canal for a while.
During this walk you can see what the Mark Valley looked like before it was straightened in the 1970s. The area is situated in a row of dunes that used to extend for a distance of two to three kilometers on the flank of the valley of the Mark. The ridges of those dunes used to be called the Aschputten mountains. That is why the area itself was named Aschputten.
This walk takes you through the Nielsbroek nature reserve along the Rupel dike to the old brick-making hamlet of Hellegat, after which you discover the Walenhoek nature reserve with numerous old clay pits.
This rural walk takes you via the Borsebeek and the Koude Beek and along the flooding area Fortloop to Fort 3. After a round in the Fort, the route continues along the Fortloopbeek to the nature reserve Nosegoed and along the Geboorte forest.
This beautiful walk goes from the Hallehof castle park through the Halse woods to the rear of the Fort van Oelegem and the castle domain Vrieselhof. You walk past the fort, the Antitankgracht and mixed forest back to the Hallehof.
This walk takes you through the green triangle around the Witte Kei. De Witte Kei marks the border point where Hoogstraten, Merksplas and Baarle-Hertog converge. This three municipal point was provided with a beautiful monument and a resting point. The breathtaking nature is indisputably the protagonist of this walk.
A walk through the park cemetery Schoonselhof and around fort VII. The Schoonselhof is often referred to as Antwerp's Père-Lachaise because of its historic funerary monuments and graves of famous people.
This walk goes through the beautiful valley of the Aa towards the old hamlet of Sassenhout. From there you walk through mixed forest and an open field and meadow landscape in the direction of the old agricultural hamlet of Berkelheide. Along the Bosbeek and the hamlet of Vispluk you arrive at the impressive castle of Vorselaar, the Borrekens. You walk back to the starting point through stately beech avenues from the castle grounds.
This walk goes through the Hoogmoerheide nature reserve where forests and dry heather alternate. Then the route goes in the direction of the nature reserve Het Moer, traditionally a swamp that forms the original source of the Noordermark. The last part goes through landscape park 't Zwart Goor. In addition to the heathland, you will pass the Grote Vijver with its romantic boathouse.
This walk goes through the domain of the castle Cantecroy to the nature reserve Little Switzerland. From the nature reserve you walk to Fort 4, one of the seven remaining Brialmont forts. The route also passes several railway lines in Mortsel.
A walk through a surprising piece of green Wilrijk, the goat village. Two centuries ago there were many poor people in Wilrijk. The city council gave the poorest inhabitants a goat, also called the cow of the poor, to survive. If there was a goat in your backyard, you were a goat's head, a poor person from Wilrijk. The route goes through Fort 6 and then along a piece of the Goat Path. From park domain Marienborgh you walk through forest to the nature reserve Groen Zuid. You will return to the starting point past the dilapidated reduit of Fort 6 and the Steytelinck park.
On this walk, you will discover that Hoogstraten, in addition to delicious strawberries, also produces other delicious fruit. You stroll from shiny apples and pears to radiant blueberries.
This walk goes around the Botermelck-La Garenne nature reserve, a continuous castle domain of 400 hectares that is privately owned. The Antitankgracht and the Schotense Vaart are the other eye-catchers.
The Deken Lauwerys path is a pleasant walking path through historic Hoogstraten. During this walk you will discover the rich cultural past, the beautiful nature and the open landscape of today's Hoogstraten. It was thus called as a tribute to Jozef Lauwerys who meant a lot to Hoogstraten, especially in the historical field.
This beautiful nature walk takes you from Zammel along the banks of the meandering Grote Nete to the nature reserve Trichelbroek. In this swamp area you follow the Grote Laak and then go through a forest area interspersed with meadows in the direction of the Zammelsbroek nature reserve.