New 179-kilometre hiking trail connects Limburg's seven mining sites

Visit Limburg and Grote Routepaden vzw (GR) have opened a new 179-kilometre long-distance walking route in Limburg that immerses walkers in the rich history and nature of the mining region.

"This thematic walking route is a valuable addition to our tourist offer and meets the growing demand for long-distance walking," said Igor Philtjens, deputy chairman of Visit Limburg.

The Streek-GR Limburg Mines is a multi-day long-distance walking route in eight day stages, linking the seven mining sites in Limburg. The route starts at be-MINE in Beringen and goes to Terhills in Eisden and back, with stops at the creative and innovative mining sites of Houthalen, Zolder and Genk in between.

"A GR route is not the fastest way from A to B, but it is the most attractive," explains Rik Röttger, chairman of GR. "With the Streek-GR Limburg Mines, we want hikers not only to enjoy the beautiful nature, but also to experience the rich history and culture of the mining region. It is a tribute to the past and a celebration of the transformation of this region".

"We want hikers not only to enjoy the beautiful nature, but also to experience the rich history and culture of the mining region"

The stages have all been carefully planned so that public transport and lodging are always nearby. The route includes sections on and along the historic Coal Railway, past ponds, through pine forests and heathland, with the absolute highlight being the beautiful panoramic peaks of the Terrils.

A comprehensive route guide with detailed maps, practical information and fascinating stories about the mining region is available on the GR website and in (online) bookshops. It will soon be available from tourist information offices in the mining communities.


#FlandersNewsService | The former coal mine in Eisden-Maasmechelen. © BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM

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