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Around La Garenne

  • Author: Eric Dengler

La Garenne

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.

Distance: 11 km.

Time: 2h30.

Grade: Easy.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: Flat.

Trail: Paved and unpaved.

Marking: Walking nodes and own description.


Botermelck - La Garenne.

The walk takes you along the Dessel-Schoten canal to the Botermelck-La Garenne nature reserve. The domain is privately owned and is located in the triangle of Sint-Job, Schoten and 's Gravenwezel. The walk goes through a beautiful forest path to the Antitankgracht. The canal was built just before the Second World War, from 1937 to 1939. The purpose of the canal was to protect Antwerp against a possible German tank attack. You follow the Antitankgracht and then go along the edge of the nature reserve La Garenne. On the way you pass the fortress Schans d'Oudaen. The sconce was built between 1907 and 1908 from brick and concrete and is located between the Fort of Schoten and the Fort of 's Gravenwezel in Schilde. This domain is also not accessible. You continue on beautiful forest and hiking trails up to the Botermelkbaan. From here you walk through a residential area back to the Dessel-Schoten canal. Just a short distance along the Schotense Vaart and you will return to the starting point.

La Garenne

Download PDF for nodes to follow and route description.

Map & Poi's.