Belgium in Brief: Walks for all seasons

Belgium in Brief: Walks for all seasons
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As temperatures fall (though little in the way of snow so far), you might be more inclined to cosy up to a fire or at best, venture into Brussels' world-leading Christmas market where warming sustenance is never far from hand. But for those with a taste for adventure and an appetite for something a bit more exerting than a stroll around town, this is the guide for you.

Though relatively small, the variety of landscapes contained within Belgium's borders is fertile for exploration. Furthermore, the country's compactness makes visiting these points of interest straightforward. Those centred in Brussels could easily explore the coast one day and the Ardennes the next. And with SNCB offering a 50% discount this month, discovering a different side of Belgium is easy.

Whilst you might want to save Belgium's barefoot trails for a less frosty season, many may feel the urge for a lively leg-stretch to work off the excessive meals that many indulge in at this time of year. Our guide lists a range of routes in all corners of the country that will leave you both energised and inspired. You're welcome.

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