The Forêt de Soignes, on the outskirts of Brussels
If there are things you think of directly when you mention a capital city, you don't always think of nature. And yet the people of Brussels are lucky enough to enjoy a magnificent forest, just a stone's throw from the city centre.
The Forêt de Soignes
The Forêt de Soignes is huge (5000ha!). It stretches from Watermael-Boisfort to Waterloo, no less! You can walk through it and discover the Bois de la Cambre (with which it partly merges), the Rouge-Cloître or the Château de la Hulpe.
Routes in the Forêt de Soignes
The forest is so vast that it can be difficult to find your way around. Starting from the ADEPS centre in Auderghem, there are 3 marked loops of 5, 10 and 20 km respectively. The 5km loop follows the green triangles, the 10km loop follows the blue triangles and the 20km loop follows the red triangles.
At the beginning of August, Chloé set out to complete the 20km loop of the Forêt de Soignes on foot. After running it a few times, she wanted a change of pace. She tells us her story.
"The markers are well done and still visible. That's not the case everywhere! Even though I'd already done the route several times a while ago, that didn't stop me from having doubts. For a while I couldn't see any signs and I was convinced I'd taken the wrong route. After running back and forth to check, I was in fact on the right path. That was the only incident on the way".
"Walking those 20 km rather than running them did me a lot of good. I took more time to appreciate the scenery, enjoy the shade of the trees in the scorching heat, take breaks when I felt like it to grab a bite to eat, ... and pick lots of blackberries! What a treat!"
"For a moment, I thought I was in the Hautes Fagnes, on duckboards (those little wooden planks that avoid swamps). Frankly, it's a real pleasure to feel so out of place just a stone's throw from home."
"If you want to experience a micro-adventure for a few hours, put on your boots and go for a walk!
And if you want a slightly longer adventure, there's plenty on the Discoverent.