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Belgium's Flanders region — the new hiking destination

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Belgium's Flanders region — the new hiking destination

Hiking Collection by VISITFLANDERS

5

Tours

15:41 h

37.1 mi

1,575 ft

Belgium’s Flanders region is a diverse, fascinating place where nature shimmers and shines in all its colours and forms. Coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests; moors and river basins; wetlands and drylands all combine to attract recreation-seeking walkers and hikers. We’ve put together five of the most beautiful routes from all corners of Flanders (including one premium hiking route) to show you the beauty and vibrancy of our country.

Follow in the footsteps of historic vagrant labourers or enjoy the mix of coast, dykes and polders. Look into the vastness of East Flanders or experience the heritage of the Norbertine monks. Last but not least, you can enjoy the natural pleasures of hiking on one of our premium routes, as we take you through Flanders' only national park, the Hoge Kempen National Park. If you are interested in more hikes in this beautiful area of Belgian Limburg, we recommend the following collection to you: komoot.com/collection/1310119

Much of what you see on these Tours are cultivated landscapes, created over centuries by people reclaiming wasteland and wilderness. Elsewhere, you'll discover parks, forests and other green spaces that are only a few decades old. During the First World War, many areas were destroyed beyond recognition. But the wounds have healed and the green of the leaves and the colourful blossoms now blanket the former battlefields.

Let yourself be surprised by beautiful landscapes and encounters that will resonate for a long time to come. Have fun discovering the wonderful hiking region of Flanders.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:03
    7.43 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The walking route through the Zwin, the oldest nature reserve in the Knokke-Heist region of Flanders, will surprise you with an incredible variety of landscapes and habitats containing rare and endemic fauna and flora. Old sea dykes bear witness to the struggle against the waves but it’s precisely because they sometimes lose this battle that the salt marshes here can …

  • Intermediate
    02:57
    7.21 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this walk through the Merkske Valley and the former Wortel vagrant agricultural colony, you’ll embark on a journey through time and learn more about the origins of our modern thinking on poverty and the belief in a socially-shaped society.

    Here, nature and heritage blend with history to create a fascinating mix: in 1823, the first impoverished families arrived at …

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    9.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If anyone says Flanders is flat, you should send them to East Flanders. Here, the foothills of the Ardennes catch their breath for a moment before they soar to great prominence further south, towards Wallonia. Before that, they challenge the stamina of every hiker.

    Welcome to a Tour that’s not without its challenges. But here, on the Panorama route, you’ll …

  • Intermediate
    02:28
    5.82 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Norbertine Abbey gives this hiking trail its name. You walk through old, cultivated landscapes reclaimed by nature; through seemingly pristine, wildly romantic landscapes, which were ultimately created by man.

    It all began in the mid-1130s. At that time, Premonstratensian canons founded an abbey here on a mountain ridge and used the land for agriculture and forestry. Among other things, …

  • Intermediate
    02:57
    7.04 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This Tour is simply fantastic! Not only do you get to explore the beautiful and impressive landscape of the Zijpbeek Valley and its unforgettable panoramas, but this is an award-winning hike. The renowned German Hiking Institute awarded this Tour their ‘Premium’ hiking seal.

    Immerse yourself in the past of the former princely Pietersheim estate and its forest, the Pietersembos.

    The …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    37.1 mi
  • Duration
    15:41 h
  • Elevation
    1,575 ft

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