Exceptional walks? Colonel Gustave offers you his top 10 in our regions. Walks are like kibble, you only get the best!
Central walks in the park of the castle of La Hulpe
Imagine a 227-hectare park in the heart of Walloon Brabant where you can walk around with your leash on for hours? This is possible in the park of the castle of La Hulpe.
Its central location in Belgium gives it a prominent place in our selection.
You will find exceptional flora and fauna. The variety of plants, but also of trees, is incalculable. In particular, there are magnificent concentrations of rhododendrons. The wooded hills and various ponds provide a prime resting place for a wide range of wildlife.
In the middle of this park, which is the “Domaine régional Solvay”, the de Béthune Castle stands proudly. Unfortunately, it cannot be visited, but your dog will not be too interested anyway. But you can admire, while stretching your companion’s legs, an architecture inspired by the Loire castles by walking in its French garden. There are also sculptures here and there that will enhance your walk.
Special facilities have also been set up within the park for people with reduced mobility.
There is also a restaurant with a terrace that can offer you a refreshing break.
Walking in the fagnes
To our great misfortune, the nature reserve of the fens is forbidden to dogs. Because of this, most of the gratings are inaccessible to our favourite quadrupeds… But don’t worry, there are other walks!
The lake in Robertville was of particular interest to us. There are so many hiking trails around it, each one more incredible than the last, that we can’t even suggest an itinerary without making you miss the wonders that are hidden there.
If you pass by, find the view of Reinhardstein Castle! It is exceptional with even a touch of romance. In any case, we love it.
You will have the impression of being in a distant country, in the very heart of our Ardennes. For example, steep rocks and streams will give you the impression of being in the mountains.
Walks around the Gileppe dam
The Gileppe dam is a hydraulic dam. It is also located in the High Fagnes This time it is located next to the Hertogenwald.
Three signposted walks are available.
The first is the “Grand Lys Walk”, which is 8.7 km long and lasts approximately 2.5 hours. It has a medium difficulty
The second is the “tour of the lake”, the distance is longer, but the route is simpler. You should plan 3h30 to finish this loop.
The last one is the “didactic path”, its length is barely 3 km, but in view of its difficulty, don’t hesitate to allow a good hour.
For more information on these routes, do not hesitate to visit the website of the dam!
Wander through the ruins of Villers-la-Ville Abbey
It is possible to visit the ruins of Villers-la-Ville Abbey with your dog. But don’t worry, there are not only ruins to see. You will discover exceptional gardens, but also a meditative path. And that’s not all, you will have the chance to discover a vineyard and taste their beers.
That’s quite a programme for you and your dog, in the middle of Walloon Brabant.
Art walks exist thanks to the art trails
Spend time with your dog in nature while contemplating works of art? They did it ! A total of 141 km, which forms a loop and is divided into different sections for your convenience. Do a section from time to time, you will see, they are worth the diversions.
There are different routes through the Condroz and the Famenne. These routes are meticulously chosen and offer panoramas worthy of films. Le tout agrémenté çà et là d’œuvres d’art . We advise you to discover these routes without further delay. For more information, visit the art trails website.
Walking around the lake of Virelles
Located in the region of Chimay, dogs are allowed, but only on the tourist part.
Come and discover a more than preserved nature with bird species that are almost only found there!
We strongly recommend the Promenade des Hauts de Virelles. You can find all the information on the website of the local tourist agency.
A city walk with your dog? Durbuy is ideal!
We also offer a city walk. In the heart of the world’s smallest city, with its picturesque architecture, you can wander around with your faithful companion. If you feel like it, there are a number of lovely loops that start and return to the city to combine your urban walk with wooded areas.
All the necessary information is available on the website of the Durbuy tourist office.
The lion of Waterloo mound, the best for historical walks
Walk with your faithful companion in the footsteps of Napoleon. We offer you a walk full of history and emotions! You can find all the walks offered in this context on the Waterloo Tourist Office website.
Walk in the Meerdael Forest
The particular geological conditions present on site offer an exceptional nature. The biggest advantage of this wood is that there is an area of 6 hectares where dogs can run free, which is very rare! Visit the website dedicated to tourism in this area to find out more.
Walks around the castle of Modave
There is a 1 hour 40 minute walk through various points of interest. The main one is of course the castle of Modave. It is a restored medieval castle with a classical façade. A true marvel to be discovered without delay by your dear dog.
But this is not the only thing to see! You will pass by an old limestone quarrying site and a magnificent chapel, but we are not going to reveal all the wonders to be discovered on this route. Who doesn’t like surprises?
For this walk go to the website of the local tourist office!