The Promenade Verte is a route of 63 km that allows walkers and cyclists to circle Brussels while discovering its history and nature. Here are some tips on how to walk or cycle the Promenade Verte.
Did you know that there is another Ring in Brussels, other than the one that is repeatedly on the traffic news for being blocked? This other ring takes you through the city’s outermost districts at a leisurely pace, on foot or by bike. It offers an alternative to traffic queues and junction altercations. Its route makes the most of green spaces sandwiched between urbanized and industrialized areas. And you will discover hidden forests, parks, allotments and orchards that you might otherwise never have known existed.
The Ring is called the Promenade Verte. It’s a well-signposted 63 km loop around Brussels, which takes in parts of the Sonian Forest, the Woluwe valley, the Pajottenland, and various forests, lakes and parks on the way.
You can choose to go clockwise or anti-clockwise. You can get on and off it as you please. In some places there are separate routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The signposting not only helps you to follow the route, but also gives you information about the parts of the city that have been crossed.
The Promenade Verte is divided into seven sections, each highlighting different facets of the landscape of the Brussels-Capital Region. If you are planning to walk the Promenade Verte, you could choose the section nearest to you first and then move onto the other sections. If you are on your bike, it’s possible to complete the route in a single day.
1. HEYZEL PLATEAU AND ROYAL PARKS
- Start: Place Saint-Lambert, 1020 Brussels
- End: Parc du Doolegt (rue de la Marne)
- Distance: 6.6 km
- Discover: the royal domains of Laeken, the Chinese Pavilion, the Japanese Tower, Les Jardins du Floriste (the Gardens of the Florist), an outstanding panorama of the city, the impressive Schaerbeek Station.
2. BETWEEN SENNE AND WOLUWE
- Start: Parc du Doolegt (rue de la Marne), 1140 Evere
- End: Hof ter Musschen (boulevard de la Woluwe)
- Distance: 7.1 km
- Discover: a more urbanized part of the Promenade Verte of interest to amateur historians. Check out the Brussels Cemetery where famous local politicians like Jules Anspach and Charles de Brouckère lie buried, as well as the banished French painter Jacques-Louis David.
3. WOLUWE VALLEY
- Start: Hof ter Musschen (boulevard de la Woluwe), 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre
- End: Parc Tournay-Solvay (chemin des Silex)
- Distance: 9.8 km
- Discover: the landscaped parks and valleys of Woluwe, the Tournay-Solvay Park with its classic rose garden and well-maintained hedges, the Mellaert Ponds with their rowing boats and water birds, the picturesque Bezemhoek quarter.
4. FORET DE SOIGNES TO UCCLE
- Start: Parc Tournay-Solvay (chemin des Silex), 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort
- End: Nature reserve Kinsendael (chaussee de Saint-Job)
- Distance: 8 km
- Discover: that there is more green in Brussels than you probably thought. Explore the ancient cathedral of beeches that is the Sonian Forest, part of the huge woodland that used to stretch from here to the north of France. Ideal for your halfway picnic (if on your bike)!
5. VOGELZANGBEEK TO GELEYTSBEEK
- Start: Nature reserve Kinsendael (chaussee de Saint-Job), 1180 Uccle
- End: la route de Lennik/Lenniksebaan
- Distance: 11.2 km
- Discover: that even Anderlecht contains green, although this leg is mostly urban. Discover the Brussels Canal with industrialist factories, a rare glimpse of the Senne river, the Bemptpark with its model trains, and the green of the Vogelzanbeek nature reserve.
- Start: la route de Lennik/Lenniksebaan, 1070 Anderlecht
- End: rue Kasterlinden
- Distance: 7.2 km
- Discover the landscapes of the Pede Valley painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the quiet lanes and numerous farmsteads and the Pajottenland, and the tranquility of the Scheutbos where you might catch a glimpse of grazing Scottish Galloway cows.
7. MOLENBEEK VALLEY
- Start: Rue Kasterlinden, 1080 Brussels
- End: Place Saint-Lambert
- Distance: 9.5 km
- Discover the King Boudewijn Park, with its waterfowl and animal farm, the forests of Laarbeekbos and Dielegembos, before ending up right back where you started.
The Promenade Verte is an excellent opportunity for walkers and cyclists to discover some hidden treasures of BrusselsTweet
MORE INFO ON THE PROMENADE VERTE
- From the Brussels Environment Agency you can find details in French and Dutch, including a 71-page (yes, 71 pages!) brochure with mini-maps of the route.
- Easier might be to download the gpx file from RouteYou or follow it on the RouteYou app.
- To rent a bike for the day in Brussels, there are many possibilities such as Cyclo and ProVelo.
- Any questions on how to walk or cycle the Promenade Verte, just drop me a line.
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