Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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Flemish Ardennes: Panorama route

One positive effect of the cool and showery weather that we have recently experienced, are the highly dynamic and photographically interesting skies. One Sunday afternoon, I therefore again decide to hike the “Panorama route” in the Flemish Ardennes, starting from the tavern on top of the Hotond hill. This route is one of my favorites and is 16 km with a total of 364 m of height difference. It is therefore good physical exercise.

Belgium 2021-05-16: Panorama route


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Flemish Ardennes: Brakel & Houppe

An impromptu 20 km Sunday afternoon hike through the Flemish Ardennes, between Brakel and Houppe. I enjoy autumn foliage in Brakelbos and Bois de la Louvière, as well as surprising panoramic views of both sides of the language border. Deer playfully roam the area and mushrooms are abundant.

Pictures > Belgium 2020-10-25: Brakel & Houppe


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Flemish Ardennes: Makegemse Bossen

A 39 km family trip by bike via Eke, Vurste, Baaigem and Munte to a wooded area named “Makegemse Bossen”. In the woods we find a couple of beds of bluebells and some secluded ponds that are among the few in the province where 5 individual species of salamander have been spotted. The WWII bunkers on the 40 m high sandy ridge of Munte are a nice playground for the kids and offer a fine view of the surrounding area.

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