Tourist routes 14-18: walking
The Westhoek can offer a number of excellent walking routes through pleasing but varied countryside: across fields, up hill, down dale, along the water… If you prefer to follow your own route, the walking network - with its system of interconnected junction points - is just the thing for you.
- Ypres Salient network of walking trails
The Ypres Salient extends from the south of Dikkebus up to Zonnebeke. This wide curve around Ypres was the scene of horrific battles during the First World War. It is now the location of the Ypres Salient network of walking trails that leads you through several wooded areas, along small landscape features, charming villages and numerous war relics. Over 100 km of trails are connected to one network in this area. The network map (€ 6) is available at the local tourist office and Westtoer or can be ordered online at the following address: shop.westtoer.be.
- Entry points Ypres Salient
In 3 places along the Ypres Salient you can call up the war landscape from 100 years ago via entry points, on foot, in the landscape of today. You can find more information about the last witnesses of the First World War in and around Ypres at the info points.
- Walking circuits Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke
Various walking circuits connecting the WWI sites leave the castle park. You can walk to Tyne Cot Cemetery and Polygon Wood. The circuits are signposted with hexagonal signs.
- ‘Craters and Mines’ walking route, Heuvelland – 7 or 9 km
The walking route starts in Wijtschate (Heuvelland) and connects a German mine shaft, ‘Petit Bois’ crater, ‘Peckham’ to ‘The Pool of Peace’. The route mainly recalls the Mine Battle of 1917.
- Messines Ridge Peace Path, Messines – 3.5 km
The Messines Ridge Peace Path takes you past the most prominent sites of WWI in Messines. At the local Tourist Office you can obtain a themed brochure for this walk.
- Zero Hour, Heuvelland – 10 or 8 km
Story on the Go “Zero Hour” is a walking tour between Wijtschate and Messines in the footsteps of William Redmond, John Meeke and many other Irishmen, New Zealanders and Australians who gave their lives on the Wijtschate - Messines ridge.
- From ‘the Bluff to die grosse Bastion’, Ypres – 4, 3, 7.5 or 10 km
The provincial domain ‘De Palingbeek’ during the war. A nonsignposted themed walk in the series ‘Stories on the Go’.
- The landscape as a witness, Ypres – 6.5 km
A non-signposted themed walk in the series ‘Stories on the Go’. This walk explores the unique witness-landscapes of the Great War in the area. It leaves at junction 73 along the Meenseweg 467 in Zillebeke, near the Hooge Crater Museum. At the starting location you can watch a fascinating film about the local war story. The tour will take you past Hill 62, Hogebos, the woods of Ypres and the Godtschalk estate.