'Cycling through the Trees' in Bosland is a unique cycling experience where you cycle up to ten meters high between the trees. The cycle path was opened in June 2019.
This cycle path safely takes you into higher realms. Quite literally - because you cycle around a double circle all the way up to the treetops, up to ten meters. The cycle path is 700 meters in total. You experience nature in a completely different way and become one with the forest. The path is also accessible to walkers and joggers.
Where is 'Cycling through the Trees' in Bosland situated?
Cycling through the Trees is located at node 272 of the cycle node network in the Pijnven nature reserve, which is part of Bosland. The exact GPS coordinates of this cycling node are 51.1616187, 5.3105925.
If you come by car, you can park it in the free parking lot of Cycling through the Trees. The GPS address is Kiefhoekstraat 16, 3940 Hechtel-Eksel.
If you don't want to bring your own bike, you can always rent one. The nearest bicycle rental point is De Groenen Hoek. Reserve your bike in advance and pick it up on the day you want to come.
A cycle path with respect for the forest
The Corten steel pillars are situated at varying intervals of 1, 2 and 3 metres apart and symbolise the straight trunks of the fir trees, ensuring that the structure fits beautifully into the environment. The Pijnven woods largely consist of coniferous trees, planted at the beginning of the last century to produce wood for the mining industry. As the mines were closed, the trees were never felled. We are now trying to improve this situation with a tailor-made woodland management plan. We are giving smaller indigenous trees at the lower levels of the forest more space and light so they can grow. In this way, we are working step by step to create healthy and balanced forest resources with small, medium-sized and tall trees.
Close to the entrance to Cycling through the Trees is a cycle pavilion, which serves as a rest and information point for cyclists and walkers. The pavilion is built from two Corten steel frames with logs stacked around them. These logs come from the trees that were felled to make room for the cycle bridge.
Cycling through the Trees is a project by Visit Limburg in conjunction with the Province of Limburg, LSM, Visit Flanders, the municipality of Hechtel-Eksel, the Flemish government’s Nature and Woodland Agency (ANB) and Bosland.
Take a look at our other cycling experiences
'Cycling through the Trees' in Bosland is not the only gem on the cycle node network. You can already visit 'Cycling through Water' in Bokrijk and soon you can visit 'Cycling through the Heathland' in Hoge Kempen National Park.