Doode Bemde

Doode Bemde

-A 5.6km walk around Doode Bemde, a beautiful area to walk in spring along the river Dijle and see cherry blossoms, Kasteel van Neerijse and horses at Lindenhof
-If your kids are very young, you can just stay around Lindenhof and see the horses and the cherry blossoms. There are also deer at the Baron hotel, you can see them passing by
-There are a couple of places where kids can play in the water along the route
-You can spot frogs and trees cut by beavers along the route too, especially at the detour for the second birdwatching cabin, Grote Bron
-Kasteel van Neerijse was built in 18th century and was originally a hunting pavilion
https://goo.gl/maps/DE5cCVuDongYdvBv6
-Lindenhof is a farm where old horses retire
https://goo.gl/maps/BqFwxX8aCbyhzqH49
-There are two birdwatching cabins:
A. De Roerdomp birdwatching cabin is only a 50m detour from the suggested walk. A stroller cannot pass though to get there. You will see a sign for it
B. De Doode Bemde Grote Bron birdwatching cabin: you will see a sign next to a bridge along the 5.6km walk for it, but it is not on the route and it is a bigger detour (about 1.5km both ways and then you need to come back from the same path or walk on the street if you want to end up at the starting point of the hike, which is not ideal). You can spot frogs and trees almost cut by beavers along the route. It is here:
https://goo.gl/maps/FSj8UkW3THmkTZTX8
-If it has rained recently, this place gets really muddy and you definitely need proper shoes
-You can download the gpx file here:
https://www.toerismevlaamsbrabant.be/producten/wandelen/doode-bemdewandeling/
-The wandelknooppunten to follow are 214 – 213 – 212 – 102 – 211 – 210 – 213 – 214
-Two restaurants in the area:
A. Brewery De Kroon
016 43 94 72
https://maps.app.goo.gl/C4URaZk5pMVbFt3y8
B. Barons Brasserie
0468 41 87 03
https://maps.app.goo.gl/PUkavMABY68VbT7BA
-You can also do kayaking in the are with The Shelter
The Shelter – Outdoorsport/Afvaart/Dijle/Kampen/Teambuilding
Stationsstraat 13, 3060 Korbeek-Dijle
https://goo.gl/maps/t4JvN27Pu4RNVTVK9
-It can be combined with Everzijnbad, a speelbos with wooden play structures along the route for kids
-It can be combined with Multimovepad in Meerdaalwoud, a speelbos that is lots of fun. This is more suitable for younger kids compared to Everzwijnbad, as there are many play structures at the beginning of the path and you can choose to stay around there. Only the second part is in the forest, so it’s perfect for a sunny day
-It can be combined with Zoetwater and the playgrounds there, also good ice cream there
-Stroller friendly as long as it hasn’t rained recently, it gets very muddy otherwise
-When it has rained, it gets extremely muddy and it might not be a good experience
-Dogs allowed on a leash
-No toilets available
-There are a few parking places at Sint Pieter- en Pauwelkerk and a few at Parking Reigerstraat
-About 25 minutes drive E odf Schuman, Brussels (or 1 hour and 20 minutes by public transport)

Sint Pieter- en Pauwelkerk
(5-6 parking places only, close to the start of this walk)
3040, Huldenberg
https://goo.gl/maps/YWZgq2MZ5tDERkuv9

De Doode Bemde – Parking Reigerstraat
(a few more parking places here, you can start the walk from here as well. Just make sure to also check out Lindenhof for the horses and the cherry blossoms around there on Lindenhoflaan and on Prince de Bethunelaan)
IJzerenwegstraat 3-5, 3051 Oud-Heverlee
https://goo.gl/maps/rH35GShuDXFxiCPJ7

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