Kalmthoutse heide (Schapenpad) - 8.1km

Kalmthoutse heide (Schapenpad) - 8.1km

schapenpad route indicator

Distance: 8.1km 

How to get there: 

By train: there are two train stations approximately 15-20 minutes of walking from the start of the tour, called 'Heide' and 'Kijkuit'.
By car: there is plenty of parking space surrounding the visitor centre, which is where the walk starts. The exact address would be: Heibloemlaan 90, 2920 Kalmthout 

map of schapenpad

The Kalmthout Heath (or in dutch: Kalmthoutse heide) is probably one of the better known nature reserves in Belgium. Probably because it is one of the oldest and largest, but also because of its beautiful nature and diversity. It is part of the even larger 'De Zoom–Kalmthoutse Heide Cross-Border Park' of which one half is located in the Netherlands (De Zoom) and the other half in Belgium (Kalmthoutse Heide). Since the park is so large and diverse there are a lot of different options, going from kid-friendly walks of a few kilometers to a big hike of more than 24 kilometers covering most of the park. Many walks start at the visitor center so if you change your mind right before the walk, your can still take a different route, all of them are very well indicated. 

girl walking in the forest
This walk (schapenpad) combines the best of both worlds: it is not too short and definitely not too long. There is plenty opportunity to take a break to enjoy the beautiful scenery without it taking up the whole day. But it is also very suitable to make a daytrip out of it. Just take a picnic with you and make room for some extra long breaks: enjoy the cool air near the lake, read a book leaning against one of the dunes, do a photo shoot to spice up your instagram feed or just take a few random turns to lengthen the tour. And after the walk you can quench your thirst or have a nice meal at one of the bars and restaurants surrounding the visitor center.
collage of views of the beautiful nature of the kalmthoutse heide
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Check out the route description on Komoot or download the GPX-file or just follow the blue sheep signs.
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