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GR12 - Braine-le-Comte to Lembeek (28 km)

  • Jul 21, 2014 · 9:45 AM
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Another hike on the same day: this one explores the area south of Brussels. We start from Braine-le-Comte ('s Gravenbrakel) and mostly follow the GR12 northwards. The hike goes through a mix of terrains including quite some forests. We pass the nice villages of Ittre and Braine-le-Chateaux with some old buildings (including, duh, a chateaux ;)). From there we leave the GR, and hike in the direction of Lembeek. A significant part of the hike is on unpaved trails/roads. Although it is not as hilly as the Ardennes, it is going up and down a little bit to offer some hopefully nice views. In Lembeek, we should have time for a drink before heading back by train!

* Getting there: Brussels Central, Track 6, 9:48 (arrival, 10:14). Meeting in front of Starbucks at 9:35-9:40. 
* Getting away: Lembeek, Track 2, 18:12 (arrival, 18:39)
* Hike: +/- 28 km, some elevation difference (max. ~150 m hills).
* What to bring: good hiking shoes, enough water (e.g. 1.5l or more), lunch, snack, sun cream/hat/jacket (depending on weather). 

An email with a few more details will be send out a few days before the hike. Let's hit the GR trails again!

PS If you are on the participant list of one of the two hikes, you obviously cannot be on the waiting list of the other hike.


Some info for "first timers":

• Most of the hikes in this meetup group have a sportive character in the sense that the hikes are relatively long and we (like / have to) walk at a reasonable pace! Hence, a bit of exercise! 

• There is a max. number of participants set, because we think hiking is more fun in relatively small groups 

• The first on the waiting list will be automatically “promoted” to the participants list if somebody would cancel (if you join the waiting list with friends, be aware that you'll only be moved to the main list if there are enough spots for you and your friends, which can only happen if someone on the main list with friends cancels) 

• Please only RSVP if you are sure to join. If your agenda changes, please update your status asap (see also group information). 

• A good condition is required and to prevent blisters make sure your shoes are “broken in”; i.e. by having done some hikes in the last few months.

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  • Omid

    When is the next one? :-)

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Gijs

      Soon, soon... many ideas, only lack of Sundays!

      July 23, 2014

  • Ada

    Everything was perfect; we managed to have a lunch break, an ice-cream break and a beer break.
    Oh yes, and to do some hiking as well. :D
    Thanks to our host (who cannot be taken off the trail that easily any more) and to fellow hikers for a nicely spent day :)

    1 · July 22, 2014

  • Gijs

    Thanks a lot for joining this green, varying hike and making it a very nice day!

    July 22, 2014

    • Gijs

      A choice of some stats and lessons learned:
      * Distance covered: 28.5 km
      * Weather forecast: non-negligible chance rain at unknown time somewhere in Belgium
      * Weather realized: excellent and 0 mm of rain.
      * The forecasted shower fell on the heads of the other group! :-p
      * People that are suspected of taking Belgian weather forecasts too seriously: 3
      * Number of Chihuahua's that joined the hike: 1 (with impressive hiking skills!)
      * Number of dogs that we helped escaping from their evil boss: 2

      July 22, 2014

    • Gijs

      * The mysterious Malakoff tower was guesstimated by the group to be constructed in the year: 1550, 1833, 1600, 1878, 1912, 1785, 1650, 1990 AD.
      * The right answer was 1854 (congratulations Ada!) - it was meant to look medieval.
      * The most common female shoe size is 37
      * Women love shoes so much that they carry extra pairs with them on a hike and exchange them among each other
      * Some people are better at spotting ice-cream signs than GR signs.
      * When hiking mostly northward, it is wise to put some sun cream on the back of your neck.
      * VW Beetle fans eat sausages, MG car drivers get a feast in a castle, and hikers end with a nice cold beer!

      2 · July 22, 2014

  • Armando

    Excellent hike and Gijs did a wonderful job keeping us on track, on time and happy as a group. Looking forward to future hikes!

    July 21, 2014

  • Benedikt

    can I have a mobile number of someone in case I get lost

    July 18, 2014

    • Gijs

      I have just sent an email to everyone with some additional notes.

      July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As I am slightly injured thought it would be better to give my place to someone else

    July 17, 2014

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