A charming bridge across the heathlands on a 4km cycling route in the Hoge Kempen Park.
Enter into Hoge Kempen Park from the Maasmechelen entrance to start on a new journey. Cycling Through the Heide is one of the park’s newest additions. If you’ve enjoyed Cycling Through the Trees in Hechtel-Eksel and Cycling through the Water in Bokrijk, this is another route you shouldn’t miss. Known as Fietsen door de Heide, this bridge is a safe and pretty crossing on cycling junctions 550 and 551. You need to take a pre-set journey or make your own to get to the bridge in the park.
The bridge is 300m long and goes across the heathlands of Hoge Kempen to give you lovely views. While the bridge is just 300m, the full cycling route is 4km. We think the bridge is the best highlight along the way, though you’ll see plenty of nature and charming sights along the way in Hoge Kempen. The full 4km cycling route takes you through pine forests and the heathlands of the park.
The wooden bridge itself has gotten plenty of attention thanks to its cute style, but it's the view of the heathlands from the bridge that really makes the trip worth it. At 700 acres, Mechelse Heide is one of the biggest heathlands in Flanders. Get those wheels turning and pay Fietsen door de Heide a visit.
Elevate your experience in more ways than one by adding the Kruinenpad or "Tree Crown Path" to your cycling route. The path passes through the treetops on an elevated bridge in the mine subsidence area (mine subsidence is when the roof of a man-made mine under the surface collapses, causing the ground above it to subside). Check out the consequences of the mine subsidence on this unique trail and come face to face with insects and birds who have made their homes amongst the trees.
The Kruinenpad is located just north of junction 55 in Maasmechelen. Whilst it's not a part of the Cycling Through the Heide 4km trail, you can easily add it to your own, personalized route to discover both.
Prefer to visit the heathlands? Beautiful in summer, this 52km cycling journey takes you over the bridge and also past the Kruinenpad. You can always cut it down if you prefer a shorter journey.
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