We started our (for now) last excursions in Europe with a side trip of several days to Flanders. Unfortunately, the weather (2 days of continuous rain 🙁 ) slowed us down a bit. Nevertheless, we were able to enjoy a hike in the surroundings of the former tramp colony Wortel with a mix of sun and clouds. We mainly walked through forests and across meadows and crossed the “green” Belgian-Dutch border several times. On another day, we went to the Grentspark Kalmthoutse Heide National Park. Here, our chosen hiking route ran entirely on Belgian territory. And despite rain in the morning & evening of this day, we had some sun and only one short rain shower during the tour through heath & sand dunes.
Our campsite for the final “Europe trip” was again on the Dutch side. From here, four national parks were within relatively short reach. First we drove to De Meinweg, whose hiking trails run through both the Netherlands and Germany. The next day, we followed a route in De Groote Peel and enjoyed the peace and quiet as well as the beginning autumnal atmosphere in the forest and heath. The third hike took us through heath, forest and river dunes in De Maasduinen, not far from the Maas, which gives its name to the area. As a last stop we went to Belgium again and did a round in the forest of Hooge Kempen. The ruins of the Pietersheim moated castle awaited us as the final stop (and thus the perfect conclusion).
So, that’s it from us for a little while. We will use the remaining days until our departure to process the experiences so far and to clear our heads for the new impressions. The hiking boots will also get their well-deserved break 😉 We’ll be in touch again from the other end of the world. 🙂
Until then. Warm greetings Britt & Sven