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Cycling through the trees

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Cycling in Belgian Limburg is becoming even more fun, now that the world-renowned ‘Cycling through Water’ in Bokrijk has a big brother. Mid-June, Visit Limburg opened ‘Cycling through the Trees’ in Bosland, a brand new cycling experience at a height of 10 metres through the treetops. Igor Philtjens, chairman of Visit Limburg and driving force behind the projects: “This is the second in a series of new cycling experiences which enable cyclists to get in touch with the splendid natural beauty of Limburg in a unique way.”

You can find the new path on the Limburg cycle node network near cycling junction 272 in Bosland, Hechtel-Eksel. Just jump on your bike to become one with nature through this sensational 360° experience.

360° cycling experience

With ‘Cycling through the Trees’ Visit Limburg, under the aegis of chairman Igor Philtjens, is literally and figuratively driving the Limburg cycle node network to a higher level.

The new cycle path climbs gradually so that you can cycle through the treetops. You ride 700 metres along a cycle bridge – a double circle 100 metres in diameter – that slowly rises to a height of 10 metres before then descending again, giving you a sensational 360° experience! Safety is ensured thanks to a subtle wire net with a handrail, and the path’s three metre width gives everyone enough room. This makes it an accessible experience for everyone.

Cycle node network of the future

‘Cycling through the Trees’ is a project by Visit Limburg with financial support from LSM, the municipality of Hechtel-Eksel, Visit Flanders and the province of Limburg. It was developed in close co-operation with Bosland and the Agency for Nature and Forests. It is the second project in a series of innovative experiences enabling cyclists to enjoy the splendour of nature along the Limburg cycle node network in a unique way. ‘Cycling through Water’ in Bokrijk was opened in 2016 and ‘Cycling through the Heathland’ in the Hoge Kempen National Park is due to open in the summer of 2020. By adding these extra experiences, Visit Limburg is continuing to build the cycle node network of the future, ensuring that Limburg stays number one in cycling tourism for many years to come. “We are demonstrating that Limburg continues to innovate, putting our province well and truly on the map!”, says Igor Philtjens.

In harmony with nature

All of Visit Limburg’s cycling experiences are implemented in harmony with nature. ‘Cycling through the Trees’ is a logical link in Bosland’s ‘Cycle of Life’. The forest largely consists of coniferous trees, planted at the beginning of the last century to produce wood for the mining industry. The closure of the mines meant the trees were never felled, but as they are all the same age, they still restrict the structural development of the forest. ‘Cycling through the Trees’ will now help to alleviate that situation. The work means that indigenous trees will have more light and space to grow, thereby ensuring that the forest resources are balanced. The new cycle bridge sits on a structure of unique columns made of weathered steel that symbolises the trunks of the fir trees, so the entire structure blends beautifully into its environment. At the start of the path, you can even take a break in the information pavilion, made from stacked recycled logs.

Design and location

The design comes from Pieter Daenen, landscape architect of Burolandschap in collaboration with De Gregorio & Partners architects. Contractor Smulders was responsible for the construction of the bridge.

 ‘Cycling through the Trees’ is located near cycling junction 272 on the Limburg cycle node network in Bosland, Hechtel-Eksel. Bosland is the largest adventure forest in Flanders where children are the boss. This huge 5.137-hectare natural heartland of Northern Limburg extends across the municipalities of Hechtel-Eksel and Pelt and the towns of Lommel and Peer.

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Toerisme Limburg
Universiteitslaan 3
BEL – 3500 Hasselt

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Toerisme Limburg

Architects

Burolandschap
Hasseltsesteenweg 553
BEL – 3700 Tongeren

De Gregorio & Partners architects
Tomstraat 101
B-3700 Tongeren

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Toerisme Limburg

Address

Cycling through the trees
Kiefhoekstraat 16
BEL – 3940 Hechtel-Eksel

 

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