Hike Kalmthoutse Heide – loop (31km)

sam. 3 août à 08:30

Brussels Central Station

The Kalmthoutse Heide is a nature reserve in the Belgian province of Antwerp, near the village of Kalmthout and the Dutch border. The area consists mainly of heathland with fens, sand drifts and pine forest. The nature reserve is part of a contiguous nature area that extends on both sides of the Belgian-Dutch border and covers an area of approximately 3750 hectares the "Kalmthoutse Heide Grenspark". During our hike we will walk mostly through the heather and some forests, and pass by a lot of small ponds. We will walk at an average speed of 5km/h both on paved and unpaved roads. I’ve never walked this road before, so it’s possible that there are some mistakes in the planning. Be prepared for this. Once arrived back in Heide after 31 km, we will, as it has become an important habit, have a nice beer in a local pub (if there is one) ●●You can find the gpx track here:

https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/kalmthoutse-heide-38493360 ●●Meeting point:

We meet at 08h30 in front of the Starbucks in Brussels Central. Our train (IC9223- direction Amsterdam) to Antwerp-Central leaves from platform 3 at 08h49. We will arrive in Antwerp at 09h42 where we change to the train (S322559 direction Roosendaal) to Heide who leaves from platform 22 at 09h50. We arrive at our destination at 10h14 and start our hike. ●● Train tickets:

The cheapest way tot travel is to use the weekendticket to “Heide” wich costs 10,60 € (aller/retour)

https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/tickets-list?DepartureStationReference=3003&ArrivalStationReference=1519&TravelClassCode=2&JourneyTypeCode=2&DepartureDate=03%2F08%2F2019&ReturnDate=03%2F08%2F2019&HighlightProductId=&sfs=1 ●● Train back to Brussels:

There is a train to Brussels every hour at XX:47 from platform 2 to Antwerp (arrives at XX:10 on platform 23) where we have to change the train to Brussels from platform 23 at XX:19.

LAST TRAIN = 22h47 ●● Specifics:

Distance: ~ 31 km

Elevation gain: ~ 111 m

Net walking time: ~ 6h00

Level: intermediate In the unlikely case of too bad weather, we may cancel a hike, even few hours before the event. If this must happen, we will of course update the Meetup website and send out an email to those registered. So, it is important to have access to either the Meetup.com website and/or your emails. ●● What to bring:

  • comfortable hiking clothes

  • waterproof, comfortable hiking Shoes

  • compeed for blisters

  • enough water (min 2 l) + food for the breaks

  • sunscreen oil, a hat & sunglasses OR a raincoat

(please check the weather forecast)

  • some coins to pay Maikel a beer ●● Basic rules:

Please RSVP only if you really intend to come. And if your plans change, update your RSVP asap, even hours before the walk. This is basic courtesy towards others. Repeated late cancellations are not well considered (at all). No-shows even worse. Do not show up for a hike unless you are on the roster (i.e. Yes RSVP, but not Wait Listed).

Cancellations the same day of the activity are considered as no shows.

. ●● Acknowledgement of member responsibility and release of liability:

By signing up to this activity you accept that you participate under your own responsibility. Guides are volunteers and are not responsible for the safety of the attendees to the activity You are responsible for yourself and should be fit enough if you want to take part. As the participation in the events is strictly voluntary and you freely choose to join, it is the responsibility of individuals participating to ensure that they are fit enough and have adequate coverage to protect themselves. By signing up for this event, you agree to release the organisers from any responsibility and liability.

Source: https://www.meetup.com/fr-FR/brussels-hiking-group/events/262997653/

Brussels Central Station

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