It has been raining for about three weeks straight now, with the occasional five minutes of dryness when they’re probably refilling the buckets up there. It was during such five minutes that we decided to head out. We would not be kept inside by this typical Belgian weather. Nah!
Our destination? The castle of Horst, half an hour driving from our hometown Leuven, Belgium.
We drove onto the parking lot next to the castle and after having put on some shoes that could get really dirty (and they would – get really dirty) we set off. There’s a route starting here that takes a day to walk, but we decided that would be for another day, as it started to rain again. Castle Horst is located in a nature reserve. The walking route is one of dirt roads. Literally. Our feet sank deeper into the mud with every step we took and as it started raining harder, it didn’t take long before we turned back. We still did a little tour around the castle’s pond, but then already returned home again.
Not brave of us? Maybe not, but I hate doing whatever in the rain. When it’s cold you just put on a lot of clothes and that’s it, but when it rains… that’s just horrible.
So our walk wasn’t a long one, but we saw enough to know that we would definitely come back to do that day-long hike and despite the weather I did manage to get some nice (don’t shoot me, I’m the most amateur photo taker – not even using ‘photographer’ – there is) shots:
Address: Horststraat 28, Holsbeek
Admission: €6 for adults, audio guide included. Various discounts available
Check the Website Castle of Horst (only in Dutch) for up to date opening hours and ticket prices.