The High Fens nature reserve calls to mind images from the far north, of tundra and heathland.
Having passed the shady terrace and the appetising smells of the tavern at Ternell, we leave for the valley of the river Hill. The wide path at the edge of Hertogenwald forest turns into a steep, unpaved path. The rushing sound of the Hill rises from a long way down, but the chirping of the birds can't drown it out. The Hill has a reputation for being untameable. Although it appears gentle and yielding on its banks, it plunges wildly as it courses into the valley, unleashing its power. As we climb uphill, we're glad the handrails are there to help us on our way.
At the edge of the forest, we see Herzogenhügel bridge, which we cross to reach the plateau. A place that the forest seems to shield from the outside world because a profound silence reigns there. Over the long ascent we return to Brackvenn, a less well known, but no less charming moorland landscape. Walking through tall grass we reach Rotenbüchel, where the Getzbach rises and its black water traverses the landscape.
For experienced hikers. The route along the Hill is breathtaking, but contains difficult sections.
Wear tall hiking boots, take water with you and drop into House Ternell for refreshments.
Tourist Agency Eastbelgium
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Please use the route planner.
Parking at Ternell Nature Centre. GPS-Coordinates N503516 - E60777