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Time travel on foot — historical walks in Flanders

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Time travel on foot — historical walks in Flanders

Hiking Collection by VISITFLANDERS

8

Tours

20:33 h

49.5 mi

1,350 ft

Perhaps you enjoy time travel stories, indeed the concept is a popular one. From the ‘Terminator’ and ‘Back to the Future’ films to books like Mark Twain’s ‘A Yankee in King Arthur's Court’ or ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells there is plenty of variety. In fact, Wells’ story was the first time travelling to the future was penned in literature.

As incredible as the prospect of travelling back in time might be, life in bygone eras were perhaps not as ideal as imagined. A good reason why time-travel isn’t physically possible maybe! And let’s not forget the time travel paradox that dictates the removal of something in the past, might affect events in the present. With that in mind, our collection of historical walks, provides the ideal chance to delve into Flanders’ historical past within a present-day setting. Numerous adventurous hiking trails bring history to life with countless memories and testimonies of the past, each offering a glimpse of times gone by.

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    Three Castles Route — historical walks in Flanders

    Intermediate
    03:22
    8.05 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It is a common believe that good things come in threes. The Three Musketeers, Cinderella’s Three Wishes, the Three Wise Men etc.

    

    In Flanders, it is not just three good things. It's far better! We’ve packed three castles into today's route. So many places of interest and so close to Bruges – this hike

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    12.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This is one of the longer hikes but don't worry, you can easily choose to walk half of it – its route makes an elegant figure of eight.

    

    Above all, this is probably the most historic hike in our Collection; it takes you back the farthest in time. Here in the Dommel Valley, neolithic farmers settled in

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  • Easy
    01:43
    4.20 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You might think that Ypres conjures up thoughts of past war and devastation. But even though the city is a common symbol of the commemoration of the First World War, it offers so much more. You'll get to know some of its wonderful highlights on this relaxed walk.

    

    Did you know that the city's history spans

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    6.72 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For the record: this Tour isn’t sponsored by Apple and it isn’t named after Steve Jobs. Instead, it’s named after Saint Jobs, also known as Judocus, Judokos, Joos, Jobst or, in

    English: Joyce.

    

    It is believed he was a Breton prince who lived in the 7th century and renounced all worldly things. He’s considered

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    6.21 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    What a mix! Cultural landscapes, vibrant hedgerows, old dikes and abundant orchards, plus a chapel and a castle – what could be better?

    

    In this part of the Meuse Valley, you can enjoy nature in all its glory as well as impressive historical and cultural sites. Walk through the centre of the small Maas

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.53 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This historical Tour is about a particularly special aspect of history and we’ve included several chapels and a large church along the route.

    

    Even if you’re not a believer, it can be inspiring to learn about religious traditions that teach so much about the cultural history of the region and its inhabitants

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  • Easy
    01:27
    3.54 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In a remote corner of Antwerp province, wander through the remains of an ambitious social experiment. The ‘Koloniën van Weldadigheid’ (Colonies of Charity) were intended to eradicate poverty by providing a new life in the countryside for the needy.

    

    Between 1818 and 1825, a total of seven colonies were

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  • Intermediate
    01:16
    2.92 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A hike through the Bos t'Ename begins and ends in the village after which the forest ('bos' in Dutch) was named. This adventure catapults you back 1,000 years into the past.

    

    The hike isn’t far from picturesque Oudenaarde and its district Ename is known for beer, tapestries and cycling – and now also for

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    49.5 mi
  • Duration
    20:33 h
  • Elevation
    1,350 ft

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