We’ve selected five of the best hiking trails and walking routes in Belgium, using Wikiloc‘s GPS data to provide the most accurate trail maps.
They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
Budingen – Zoutleeuw, near Budingen (Flanders)
Distance: 19 km – Uphill: 166 m – Downhill: 166 m – Time: 5:10/6:10 hrs
This is a nice walk on easy paths in the beautiful nature of Flemish Brabant, a province with a rich cultural history and a great diversity of typical products.
Sart – Pont de Bellehied, near Solwaster (Wallonia)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 542 m – Downhill: 542 m – Time: 4:40/5:40 hrs
The High Fens – Eifel is a cross-border nature park which extends between the German federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate and the Belgian province of Liège. It boasts rivers, streams, and 15 lakes & reservoirs.
Hamme-Mille Trail Revisited, near Hamme-Mille (Wallonia)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 487 m – Downhill: 487 m – Time: 4:10/5:10 hrs
This moderately difficult circular trail crosses Meerdaalwoud, a woodland lying east of Brussels and south of Leuven which has become very popular for hiking.
Jesseren – Zammelen, near Jesseren (Flanders)
Distance: 15 km – Uphill: 232 m – Downhill: 232 m – Time: 4:00/4:50 hrs
This route stretches across the beautiful hilly landscape of the Hesbaye region on well-marked forest trails and country roads. Better done in blooming season.
La Vallée du Ninglinspo, near Sedoz (Wallonia)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 422 m – Downhill: 426 m – Time: 4:00/4:50 hrs
The Ninglinspo Valley is classed as an outstanding heritage area of Wallonia. It runs between Vert-Buisson and Nonceveux, following the course of the stream.
Best time to go to Belgium: Apr-May and Sep-Oct
Backpacker cost per day: 70 USD = 65 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Belgium Travel Guide.
Sources: some text excerpts from Wikipedia; GPS data from Wikiloc.