A great forest stretches out on the south-eastern side of Brussels, reaching the settlements of Tervuren and Hoeilart in Flanders and Waterloo and La Hulpe in Wallonia. The forest provides a large and peaceful area for relaxing walks, horse-riding and following more strenuous hiking and running routes. It includes impressive stands of splendid beech trees as well as areas of mixed woodland.
The neighbouring parkland of Bois de la Cambre extends north, well into the southern part of Brussels between Uccle and Ixelles. You can therefore enjoy an entire day walking through the parkland and forests, following some of the many forest roads and narrower paths.
You can travel one way by bus using the excellent services that link Brussels with the towns around the forest, maybe stopping off for a meal or a few glasses of Belgian beer!
- I'll remember most the many tall beech trees
- The best bit was reaching the small lakes overlooked by trees in autumn colours
- It's a great place to go for a long run off-road
- On this visit there were dazzling shafts of sunlight through the trees
- A word of warning - take a map or compass, or you could get lost!
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Belgium page for links to other stories
|Location||On the south-eastern side of Brussels|
|Date walked||10 October 2008|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk, with many forest roads suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.|
|Time taken||2 hrs|
|Map used||Michelin Brussels City Plan no 44, 1:17,500.|
|Walk source info||Michelin map, previous visit.|
|Getting there||On foot from Uccle via Bois de la Cambre. Many other points of access from all sides.|
|Places to stay||Hotels in Brussels and in neighbouring towns.|
|Other features||Wonderful stands of beech trees|