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Waterside walks in Flanders

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Waterside walks in Flanders

Hiking Collection by VISITFLANDERS

7

Tours

15:37 h

38.1 mi

550 ft

There’s nothing more relaxing than hiking along the waterside. With this in mind, we’ve put together a series of hiking Tours that are sure to inspire, fulfill and bring a spring in your step! You’ll walk through beautiful wetlands with meadows and marshes, past ponds and lakes, through nature reserves and intriguing cultural landscapes.

Water is the source of all life and here in Flanders it also provides wonderful, unique biotopes that are home to rare plants and animals. So, adapt to the pace of the gentle waters – slow down and enjoy, listen and discover, observe and marvel.

Beware though, sometimes the water can also be merciless and dangerous. Even if the lakes and rivers seem friendly and inviting, especially tempting on hot summer days: don't jump in. Hidden undercurrents and eddies are always risky and dangerous.

Our Collection is aimed at hikers and walkers who want to enjoy the incredible panoramas amidst a scenic backdrop of placid and calming water.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Mark Tour

    Intermediate
    02:26
    5.90 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this hike, you can meander together along the banks of the Mark River through an ancient cultural landscape where history and modernity meet.

    

    It is here, you’ll find medieval mills, as well modern statues and art installations offering reflective and thought-provoking vistas.

    

    In between, enjoy landscapes

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    5.80 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This route winds through beautiful, species-rich nature reserves. Ghent is just a stone’s throw away, but here, there are no signs of the hustle and bustle of the big city.

    

    As you hike, keep your eyes and ears open as the unique mixture of wet and dry meadows create a fascinating mix of fauna against

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  • Easy
    01:55
    4.70 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There are cities whose whole existence has relied on its supply of water and which would likely not exist today, without it. Historically these settlements have benefitted from a strategic location: rivers, ditches and canals not only offered protection, but also served as waterways on which goods could

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  • Easy
    01:47
    4.38 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour, you might mistakenly think that the River IJzer had disappeared and been blocked off. In fact, an old tributary of this mighty river has been transformed into a unique nature reserve, not far from the picturesque hop-producing town of Poperinge and the village of Roesbrugge-Haringe.

    

    Along

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    5.76 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hopping from pond to pond – nowhere else will you find such a charming and unusual cultural landscape. This patchwork of water expanses is teeming with hundreds of fish breeding ponds, which are now part of a 495 ac nature reserve.

    

    This area forms the heart of de Wijers, the largest contiguous series

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  • Intermediate
    02:05
    5.13 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    We promised you water tours and here’s one that fulfils the brief in the fullest sense!! You can't get much closer to the water than on a hike through the Kalkense Meersen nature reserve. In fact, it could become wetter than you’d anticipated, as it’s officially designated as a flood area. But don't

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    6.47 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    De Ronde Put, meaning ‘round well’ or ‘round pit’, is a nature reserve boasting over 408 ac of unspoilt nature on the border between the towns of Mol and Retie.

    

    It’s one of the few remaining untouched nature reserves in the Kempen region and is of significant importance from an ornithological and botanical

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    38.1 mi
  • Duration
    15:37 h
  • Elevation
    550 ft

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