The largest lake in Flanders was my destination today.
The Schulensbroek lies close to the E314 as it enters the province of Limburg from the west. There is an excellently signposted 10-km walk around the lake and the surrounding fields, a brasserie at the start/end, and even a village with a café exactly halfway around the circuit. Unfortunately it was a heavily overcast morning, so the photos don’t do the place justice. Here is the map of the route:
From here the path heads along the shores of the lake:
I also spotted a kingfisher, reed warblers, reed buntings, stonechats, herons, and heard the weird and incredible song of the grasshopper warbler.
The path then leaves the lake and heads through some peaceful and verdant fields.
You then come to the village of Schulen, with its strange church,
and a do-it-yourself horse-jumping arena.
I think this guy in a neighbouring field had some other kind of sport in mind:
The route then takes you back to the other end of the lake. I believe that the lake is full of fish. How do I know? Well, there are two big clues. One is this board which describes all the different fish you can catch here.
Finally: Why, I wonder, do you never see fisherwomen? Any ideas … add a comment.
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