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The Hageland Valley

  • Author: TrailExplorer

Hageland valley

This walk goes through the nature reserves Dunbergbroek and Kloosterbroekbos in the Hageland Valley. Very pure seepage water flows from the foot of the surrounding Hageland hills, so that large parts of the Winge valley are still very wet. The walk goes through beautiful mixed forests, along the meandering Winge and hay meadows where a herd of foxhead sheep takes care of the grazing. With a little luck you will spot a kingfisher.

Distance: 14 km.

Time: 3h30.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: No information.

Trail: 95% unpaved.

Marking: Walking nodes and WP's.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Kloosterbroek and Dunbergbroek.

From the starting point you go into the nature reserve Dunbergbroek. A beautiful winding path takes you to the Winge. You follow the Winge for a while and arrive at the Uitemmolen, a restored water mill that was part of the Rotselaar estate until 1573. You continue through a somewhat more open landscape in the direction of the Kloosterbroek forest. In this part you will certainly have noise nuisance from the E314 motorway, but the nature present more than compensates for this. The Kloosterbroek nature reserve is one of the most beautiful moist forests that the Hageland has to offer. The scent of the massively blooming wild garlic even enters your car in the spring when you pass on the highway. You walk along the meandering Winge and then go back in the direction of the Dunbergbroek. The last part you climb out of the valley to enjoy the beautiful view of the wide Hageland Valley before returning to the starting point.

Hageland valley

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Some paths can be muddy.

Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - Kloosterbroek.

The Kloosterbroek was irreparably mutilated at the end of the 1970s by the construction of the E 314 motorway. On old Feraris maps it was referred to as the 'Vrouweperckbosch' and later 'Groot Bosch' and was preserved over the centuries. Iwas used for the wood supply of the nearby Abbey Vrouwenpark. The remains are among the most beautiful that the Hageland has to offer in moist forests. The scent of the massively blooming wild garlic even enters your car in the spring when you pass on the highway. In the spring, all spring bloomers such as wood anemone and celandine are present.


POI 2 - Dunbergbroek.

Dunbergbroek is located northeast of the village center of Holsbeek. The Hageland valley here is about two kilometers wide and is bordered on both sides by a massif of Diestian hills: in the north the Beninksberg and Wijngaardberg, in the south the Kesselberg massif. Mineral-rich seepage water spontaneously bubbles up from the ground and provides suitable growing places for rare plants such as small valerian, large buttercup, caraway lily, marsh stripe seed and broad and spotted orchid on the mown plots. Hay fields are mowed once or twice a year. A herd of fox-head sheep takes care of the postgrazing.