Nice easy walk in and around Houyet. Weather conditions changed every 5 minutes… crazy! But that didn’t made it less fun. It was quite a while ago since we were out in the Ardennes so we enjoyed every second of it. This is a fairly easy walk with a steep climb in te beginning and near the end, he rest is next to the river bedding which is slowly ascending and descending, you cros several small waterfalls and in the right saison they can be very beautiful. The best place to have lunch is where you turn left away from the river after a kilometer or 3. Also there is a walking restriction after a kilometer or two due to possible falling rocks. You can either ignore this or take the long way round. If you trespass, it’s at your own risk!
Yesterday I had to be in Tubize for a short meeting. From my place that is halfway the Ardennes, so i figured that it would be nice to drive an hour further and enjoy a short hike. The sun has finally shown his faces after a couple of rainy weeks so I was really looking forward to get out!
My choice fell on this 8km hike because it’s not to far driving and the hike distance is possible to squeeze in between a meeting in the morning and being at home for the kids in the late afternoon. It’s a non typical hike because is not an “away from it all” – nature hike. This 8 km hike has a lot of variation, is not hard to walk and has some nice Points of interest along the way. So this one is especially good for kids.
Also I was keen to try out the Sony RX100mVII & RX0mII to see if those extreme compact cameras were good tools to document such trips both on video and photo.
“Le Forêt de Soignes” or “Het Zoniënwoud” would not be my first place to run to when in need of some fresh air and a nature injection. It’s located in the most dense and traffic struck area of Belgium near and around the capital. But when in short of time and in need of space it was more than I expected. There are hundreds of small trails there that meander through the forest. When you are lucky you don’t see a living soul. But most of the time the forest is kind of crowded since it’s the escape room for the entire capital. That being said, on a sunny fall afternoon with all of fall’s colours in full effect and the sun on a low azimuth it’s just gorgeous. So setting aside me prejudices and letting myself be guided by a friend it was a great experience: 8 kilometres of going up and down between meandering trails and majestic colourful trees.
…or was it “The great escape to the Ardennes“… We were up for a quick getaway. As mentioned earlier we decided not to leave Belgium for leisure & pleasure but we needed to get out! So we decided to go out for a short weekend, in between jobs, with the trailer to a camping in the Ardennes which has near wild camping experience. Never been there but having no other option we took our chances and see how it would turn out. We were very much in need of a short break.
That turned out to be a very nice location and the experience was excellent. We set up camp far away from the camping and we had the river, the riverbank to our selves. One other couple was standing a bit further. No problem whatsoever with that. It’s not because we like to be alone in nature that we are asocial. Most of the people looking for locations like that share a similar mindset.
Finally had the time to do another ride away from home. Starting point would be “Oostduinkerke” at the Belgian coast. Those who know me are aware of my dislike for busy beaches and crowded areas. Nevertheless my friend @belgianbiker was there and that was the perfect excuse to get out and bring the family along: kids on the beach, boys on the bike. Everybody happy! Getting there in traffic jams is part of the deal when going to the beach and the fact that I was in sleep deprivation wasn’t doing me any good. But I was focussed on making the best out of it.
We were in for some wandering in the woods! If you can roam for hours in a forest without encountering a single house or person, then that is only a blessing. (And well mapped out!) Occasionally the path had to be adjusted and navigated directly on compass to the next point on the map. That has resulted in some adventurous descents and climbing.