Last weekend we wanted to go for a hike but didn’t have much time. So we decided to explore the countryside just outside of our city (Turnhout). We got a good 10 km in and got these great views of the regional nature.
The path took us through different fields and forests. After a few kilometers we unexpectedly fell upon an old lake called “Zwart Water” which translates into “The Black Water”. When my grandmother was around 16 years old (sometime around the second world war), this lake used to freeze over at the end of November. When this happened she, her family and her friends would all walk there and back from the city and go ice skating all day. There weren’t many cars back then and they certainly didn’t use them for pleasure trips. As you can see on the picture below the lake is not yet frozen, I guess we can thank global warming for that.
I just want to remind you that you don’t have to go far to find a decent or a beautiful hike. Sometimes the best walks are just outside your door.