Lovely stroll along inland dunes and swamps

Hiking in Balen, Flanders, Belgium

Hiking route 957283

Provided by: De Kempen

1739 36
11.3 km
02:50 h
644 kcal
39 m
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This walk is the winner of the 2018 Walk of the Year title and that is of course not for nothing. Go out and discover for yourself the beautiful contrast of various types of nature in this area. In the Keiheuvel-De Most nature reserve, two completely different nature reserves connect seamlessly.

Exuberant nature
The decor in the Keiheuvel consists of inland dunes, pine forests, open dune grasslands and strips of dry heath. You can spot extremely rare plant and animal species, or sometimes even a glider from Aeroclub Keiheuvel. In De Most, eleven meters below, you walk through an exuberant green and swampy valley area. At the upper reaches of the Grote Nete you will find all kinds of special flora: from cinquefoil to brook lamprey, burbot, snipe and china grouse. These plants have returned here through years of efforts by nature associations.

Time for a break?
When walking more than 11 kilometers it is nice to take a break every now and then. That is possible at the beautiful picnic spots that you will encounter along the way. Or hang your hammock in one of the most photogenic spots in the Keiheuvel. Hangers are provided, the hammock itself can be rented in Recreation Park Keiheuvel and in the De Kruierie leisure center in Balen.

Day recreation Keiheuvel
The start and end point of the route is Day Recreation Keiheuvel. Here you will find a playground, an outdoor swimming pool, mini golf, a petting zoo and much more. Highly recommended if, for example, you go on a trip with your children or grandchildren. You can also rent bicycles here. Handy if you don't feel like taking your bike with you.

Further on your way through the Kempen? Then take a look here.

Copyright photos\\\'s: Tourism Province of Antwerp - Mie De Backer
Nature reserve Camping Picnic area Day recreation Playground Forest Dunes and beach Heather Swamp Water Hills Nature Route Recreation area
De Kempen

Just across the border from North Brabant you will find the Antwerpse Kempen. Enjoy forests, heaths, beautiful old sights such as beguinages and abbeys and charming towns and villages such as Turnhout, Lier and Malle. You can also let yourself be pampered culinary with the most delicious regional dishes

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
Dagrecreatie Keiheuvel (17 Esk. Licht Vliegwezenlaan, 2490, Balen, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
8 (2490, Balen, Flanders, Belgium) 0.34 km
Natuurgebied Keiheuvel-De Most (2490, Balen, Flanders, Belgium) 0.50 km
9 (Kapelstraat, 2490, Balen, Flanders, Belgium) 1.10 km
96 (Kapelstraat, 2490, Balen, Flanders, Belgium) 1.40 km
2 (2490, Balen, Flanders, Belgium) 1.87 km

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