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Doode Bemde

  • Author: TrailExplorer

Doode Bemde

This walk goes through the Doode Bemde nature reserve, at the confluence of IJse and Dijle. This area is a mosaic of small fields, poplar plantations and bushes, meadows, rough and reed fields with the meandering Dyle as the backdrop. Afterwards, you rise from Neerijse to the ridge between the Voer and Dijle Valley, where the beautiful views in a rolling landscape show a completely different landscape. The hollow roads that you take are stunning.

Distance: 11 km.

Time: 3h00.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: 131 meters.

Trail: Paved and unpaved.

Marking: Walking nodes.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Langerode Lake.

From the starting point you walk along the Dijle and a through a forest to the viewing hut on the Langerode Lake. Afterwards you walk through alternating meadows and trouser groves along the meandering Dijle. You leave the bank of the Dijle to go over an old tram bed in the direction of Neerijse. You will pass the 18th-century castle of Neerijse (private) and the Saint-Roch chapel. Just before the village you begin to rise to the ridge between the Voer and the Dijle valley. Once on the plateau you follow wide unpaved roads with beautiful views. You descend back to the Korbeek-Dyle by a few hollow roads, which are among the most beautiful in the Dijleland.

Doode Bemde

Download PDf for nodes to follow.

Some paths can be quite soggy.

Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - Doode Bemde.

The Doode Bemde is a beautiful nature area where you can walk along the naturally meandering Dijle and through a mosaic of small fields, poplar plantations and groves, pastures and meadows, rough and reed fields, ponds and canals. The beaver feels at home here but you will rarely see him, you might find traces of the beaver. At the end of the nineteenth century, the beaver had died out in our country, but since 2000 it has appeared again in the Doode Bemde. Beavers are real landscape architects and bring a lot of structure to their habitat. By creating extra housing for other species, they increase biodiversity. In winter you can see their tracks along the footpath on the Dijle. Note the gnawing marks on the trees or the deeply worn slides. Contrary to what the name suggests, the Doode Bemde is not a dead nature reserve. "Doode Bemde" means as much as unusable grasslands. The area may have been too humid and of little use for agriculture, but the landscape and nature values have remained rich and unique. Water has always played an important role in the Doode Bemde, because flooding is part of the natural processes of rivers such as the Dijle.