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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 first goes through a mosaic of hay meadows, peat bogs, thickets and brooks in the Schrieken nature reserve, before heading in the direction of the Visbeek valley. This valley is one of the most valuable stream valleys in Flanders. Finally, the Achtzalighedenboom is visited near the Rollekensberg in the forests of Lille.
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 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.
Walk for those who love forest walks. From the Ravenhof estate you walk in the direction of the Dutch Moretusbos, which is part of the Brabantse Wal. You return through the Stoppelbergen and the old park forest.
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.
This walk introduces you to three beautiful nature reserves in the Brechtse Heide. You walk along the Dessel-Schoten canal to the Kooldries nature reserve. Winding paths lead you past old clay pits through an oak birch forest and willow thickets. Further along the route you can discover a part of the nature reserve Hoofsweer at a viewing wall. Then you walk through a varied open landscape to the Marbeleven nature reserve. You only catch a glimpse of the fen itself because the area is fenced off, but this piece of nature that is part of the Vraagheide is certainly also worthwhile.
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.
The walk goes through the Lovenhoek nature reserve in the valley of the winding Molenbeek. The lesser-known Molen forest with beech trees that are more than a hundred years old also makes this walk highly recommended.
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.
This walk takes you past the Koeiven, the Zwart Water, the lookout tower on the Grote and Kleine Klotteraard and through the nature reserves Klein Kuylen and Nieuwe Bossen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.