Readers will know that I am very fond of the Voerstreek. It’s the gently undulating area of hills, woods and fields over in the far east of the country. Find Maastricht, Liège and Maastricht on Google maps, and the Voerstreek is right in the middle of them.
I have already introduced you to the region with this 26 km all-day circular hike starting from ‘s-Gravenvoeren. I have also described the turbulent history of the Voerstreek, which is surprising considering its bucolic setting and now peaceful atmosphere. Now I am going to focus on the area around Sint-Martens-Voeren and Sint-Pieters-Voeren. And these walks are going to be shorter! But first, here’s a great starting point for your day out in the Voerstreek.
‘t Bakhuis in Sint-Martens-Voeren
‘t Bakhuis is the area’s old bakery; the place where women from the neighborhood used to gather to bake their bread. Presumably when their menfolk were out working in the fields. It’s now a picturesque and cozy restaurant with a sun-drenched terrace. Here you can get soups, croques, salads, pancakes, waffles, yogurts, fruit tarts and ice-creams. Liz and I had the fruit tarts with locally grown cherries and home-made ice-cream. Delicious.
There’s plenty of parking space, thus ‘t Bakhuis is the ideal starting point for your walks in the area. At least if you have a car. By public transport, the nearest railway station is at Visé, from where you would need to catch the 39b bus to Sint-Pieters-Voeren and start from there. You could then stop at ‘t Bakhuis halfway around for a break. The whole of the Voerstreek is excellently networked with the numbered walking junctions that I am continually raving about. We did this 9.6 km circular walk starting and ending at ‘t Bakhuis (at junction no. 68 at Ulvend):
The whole area is criss-crossed by the walking network so you can easily shorten or lengthen the walk according to your time and energy levels.
A suggestion of where to stay
If you fancy a weekend or longer in the Voerstreek, and are looking for a self-catering cottage, I can highly recommend De Crindael. It’s owned by the same people who run ‘t Bakhuis. They have three self-catering cottages on the site: for 2, 6 or 10 people. Liz and I stayed in the 2-person apartment and were extremely pleased with it. It’s exceptionally well equipped, very comfortable, and everything in it is of high quality.
The walk I described above actually passes De Crindael – junction 66 is just down the road. But here is another walk you could do, starting and ending at De Crindael. It’s 7.8 km in length.
So there you have it. Two more walks in the Voerstreek. A place to top up your energy levels. And somewhere to lay your weary body after your exertions! Enjoy!
Any questions, just drop me a line.
P.S. I was also able to try out my new Feideer hiking socks! Perfect!