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.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a hike. Having an 8 month old “puppy” at home is the main reason for that. And it’s just a matter of months and he’ll be up and running for decent hikes! Very much looking forward to that!
Anyway, today me and a friend did a hike we planned a few weeks ago. When I woke up this morning all of Belgium & The Netherlands were covered in a, for our standards, a thick layer of snow. That would definitely give some extra flair to our hike.
The road to the starting point was a bit of a challenge because of the snow, but my car is perfectly suited for those conditions. 4×4 high gear and up & away!
“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.
While in the midst of summer I’m already looking forward to spending the winter in Sweden again. I cannot hide my love for the Northern European countries, I love the freedom in summer, the overwhelming solitude of nature there. The feeling of becoming bewildered again after a month or more of outdoor life. But I’ve come to love winters too. The short days with massive blue skies and and the low sunlight give it a constant magical feeling. The cosy heat of the cabin with a warm fire, the fresh air when out and about, … Adventuring in winterland is so beautiful.
“Toi et Moi” – Just the two of us. Yesterday, we dropped our second girl at some kind of Circus/adventure camp so we were very keen to head out to the Ardennes for a little hike today. I had this 17km hike ready to play in my card deck for quite a while and today seemed like the perfect time to do it. Excellent weather, sunny with a touch of clouds and a refreshing wind every once and while.
This one goes straight into my top 5 of most favourite hikes. Located in the Province of “Namen” this hike is a little gem. This 18km track is very diversified from wide landscapes to thick forest, to narrow dense bushes ending in a passage straight trough the corn field.
It supposed to be our first big hike towards the end of the corona period. But I guess my map reading skills where still in hibernation, I lost track of my route.. oh well! We just wandered around until we found where we were and headed back tot the starting point. Nevertheless this is an awesome region, with a lot of scenic views and small walking trails! Coming back soon when my orientations skills are back on point 😉 (The 2 hours sleep last night might be the reason for that)
I wrote a little bit about my favourite backpack and what I put in it for our Hikes.
There are millions of articles written about this subject, you can fill whole libraries on this. There are also tons of variables that have impact on what’s in your pack. What’s very important is the kind of hike you are going, the weather you’re facing and the terrain.read more >>
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.