Belgium

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Belgium - by Henk Nouws This small kingdom has some surprisingly lovely landscapes. The Wallonian Ardennes region in the southeast is most famous among hikers, with its densely wooded river valleys and farm lands higher up on the undulating plateaus. In the northeast are the mysterious Hautes Fagnes, an upland plain of peat moors, partly in the Ardennes and partly in the Eifel region, and now a nature reserve that offers stunning beauty in all seasons. The north and west of Belgium, known as Flanders, is mostly low flat countryside, but nonetheless traversed by a myriad of long distance hiking trails, some of which lead through historic towns like Bruges and Ghent.

The majority of Belgian long distance hiking trails are  known as GR's, a conveniently bi-lingual abbreviation of Grande Randonnees (French) or Grote Routepaden (Dutch). European long distance trails E2, E3 and E9 all lead through Belgium, and coincide with GR's.

Along the GR's, small hotels, B&B's and camping sites can be found in almost every village or town. Walking Belgium is a fun experience, frequently taking you back in time to what appears to be some older version of Europe. The often somewhat ramshackle towns, quaint shops and cafe's, old-fashioned politeness, excellent food and beer, there is simply no hurry to modernize, just live for the moment.

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Hiking map Belgium NW

Hiking map Belgium SE

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Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Insight Guides Explore Bruges (Travel Guide with Free eBook) 01/05/20
  • Insight Guides Explore BrugesTravel made easy. Ask local experts. Focused travel guide featuring the very best routes and itineraries, now with free eBook.Discover the best of Bruges with this unique travel guide, packed full of insider information and stunning images. From making sure you don`t miss out on must-see, top attractions like De... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Historische Route De Slag om Ieper | Uitgeverij Elmar
  • Bij een bezoek aan de voormalige slagvelden van de Westhoek en vooral in de omgeving van Ieper is de waan van deze oorlog nog steeds beklemmend aanwezig. Het is nauwelijks te bevatten welke gruwelen de jonge mannen van beide strijdende partijen moesten ondergaan op het slagveld, rondkruipend in de modder en de drek onder bijna voortdurende... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 20 x logeren & genieten aan de belgische kust
  • Een originele kijk op een bekende dichtbij-bestemming. Met tientallen gevarieerde tips die je meteen zin geven om elk weekend naar de Belgische Kust te trekken.;;;Van De Panne tot Knokke en terug. 10 boeiende kustgemeentes, met elk een eigen identiteit, waar op elk moment van het jaar wat te beleven valt voor jong en oud. Sophie Allegaert... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 20 x logeren & genieten aan de belgische kust
  • Een originele kijk op een bekende dichtbij-bestemming. Met tientallen gevarieerde tips die je meteen zin geven om elk weekend naar de Belgische Kust te trekken.;;;Van De Panne tot Knokke en terug. 10 boeiende kustgemeentes, met elk een eigen identiteit, waar op elk moment van het jaar wat te beleven valt voor jong en oud. Sophie Allegaert... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2012
  • Dagstappergids Vlaams Brabant
  • Wie graag wandelt heeft op zijn tocht ongetwijfeld al eens de rood-witte bewegwijzering van de Grote-Routepaden opgemerkt. De organisatie GROTE ROUTEPADEN VLAANDEREN beheert en bewegwijzert in Vlaanderen 3000 km wandelpaden en 1200 km fietsroutes. De Vlaamse GR-paden zijn op uniforme wijze aangeduid met de bekende wit-rode of wit-gele strepen.... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2012
  • Dagstappergids Vlaams Brabant
  • Wie graag wandelt heeft op zijn tocht ongetwijfeld al eens de rood-witte bewegwijzering van de Grote-Routepaden opgemerkt. De organisatie GROTE ROUTEPADEN VLAANDEREN beheert en bewegwijzert in Vlaanderen 3000 km wandelpaden en 1200 km fietsroutes. De Vlaamse GR-paden zijn op uniforme wijze aangeduid met de bekende wit-rode of wit-gele strepen.... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Wandelen langs de Ourthe | Jan Veltkamp
  • Goede beschrijving van de wandelroute van de bronnen tot de monding van de Ourthe. Veel foto's; maar zeker ook routebeschrijving, verdere praktsche informatie over zaken langs de route is wat beperkt. Kaatmateriaal uitstekend ingetekend op topografische kaarten van Belgie op schaal 1:50.000 Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • On Wet Foundations
  • A disused barge bought in Holland, a cargo hold converted in Belgium and a live aboard lifestyle discovered in France. The amusingly told story of how and why a British couple escaped from noise, traffic and junk mail and built their home and their dream on water. An embarrassingly mouthy parrot, a cat that wants to walk on water and an antique... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • On Wet Foundations
  • A disused barge bought in Holland, a cargo hold converted in Belgium and a live aboard lifestyle discovered in France. The amusingly told story of how and why a British couple escaped from noise, traffic and junk mail and built their home and their dream on water. An embarrassingly mouthy parrot, a cat that wants to walk on water and an antique... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Wandelen langs de Aisne van bron tot monding | Jan Veltkamp
  • De wandelgids Wandelen langs de Aisne, in de Belgische Ardennen, van bron tot monding. De volledige route van de bron (Odeigne) tot de monding (Bomal) wordt beschreven. De gids, geniet, omvat 40 pagina’s en is rijk geïllustreerd. Ook maken routekaartjes, op originele topografische kaarten, deel uit van de gids. De gids is in het Nederlands. Het... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Cities of Belgium - A Travel Guide of Art and History
  • The Renaissance and Baroque architecture, artwork and religious buildings of Belgium are treasures to behold, rich in significance and beauty.Tragically, many travel guides simply brush over these beautiful creations as mere items to check off a list during sightseeing in cities which together constitute the rich, centuries old essence of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Cities of Belgium - A Travel Guide of Art and History
  • The Renaissance and Baroque architecture, artwork and religious buildings of Belgium are treasures to behold, rich in significance and beauty.Tragically, many travel guides simply brush over these beautiful creations as mere items to check off a list during sightseeing in cities which together constitute the rich, centuries old essence of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Staycation Guide | Your Little Black Book
  • Anne de Buck is de oprichter van Nederlands grootste (urban) travel en lifestyle blog Your Little Black Book. Als professioneel travelblogger reist ze de hele wereld over op zoek naar de leukste hotspots en verborgen parels. Bijna iedere week wordt ze wakker in een andere stad, maar thuishaven Amsterdam blijft haar favoriet. Op... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eupen Mini-Ardenne
  • Ardennes Recreational Maps at a scale of 1:25,000 enable you to discover the Ardennes from junction to junction, each associated with a locality, through a network of hiking, cycling or riding paths. The network of mini walks consists of suggested routes with kilometre distance marked showing field boundaries and urbanised built up areas.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lier NGI Topo 16
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:50,000 from the country’s national survey organization, Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National. Contour interval varies according to the terrain, from 2.5 metres in the coastal areas to 10 metres in the Ardennes. The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nivelles NGI Topo 39 - Battle of Waterloo Area
  • Nivelles, map No. 39 in the topographic survey of Belgium at 1:50, covering both the main area of the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815 including the Mont St-Jean escarpment, the Lion’s Mound (Lion’s Hillock) and the museum, and the Les Quatre Bras crossroads - the site of French victory on 16th June.Although not specifically designed to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Seraing - Chaudfontaine
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mons NGI Topo 45 - WWI Battlefields
  • Mons, map No. 45 in the topographic survey of Belgium at 1:50,000 covering the area of the Battle of Mons, British Army’s first major engagement in World War I in August 1914. The Mons - Condé Canal runs across the middle of the map and coverage includes Obourg where Private John Parr became the first British soldier to be killed in the war.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mons - Givry
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Durbuy - Erezee
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Villers devant Orval
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bouillon - Dohan
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Leuven NGI Topographic Map 32
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:50,000 from the country’s national survey organization, Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National. Contour interval varies according to the terrain, from 2.5 metres in the coastal areas to 10 metres in the Ardennes. The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fleron - Verviers
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Spa NGI Topo 49
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:50,000 from the country’s national survey organization, Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National. Contour interval varies according to the terrain, from 2.5 metres in the coastal areas to 10 metres in the Ardennes. The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Andenne - Wanze
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Odeigne - Bihain
  • Topographical survey of Belgium at 1:20,000 from Nationaal Geografisch Instituut / Institut Géographique National, the country’s national survey organization. Each 20K map covers one quarter of the corresponding 1:50,000 map (with adjustments in the border and coastal areas). The maps provide all the information expected of topographic mapping... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Belgian Coast - Bruges Cycling Map 30
  • The coast of Belgium at 1:50,000 in a series from Falk B.V. showing the network of signposted cycling routes on large, double-sided indexed maps with prominent highlighting of long-distance LF routes, symbols indicating accommodation and other tourist services, plus in each title two or more panels with recommended local circuits and additional... Read more
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