You don’t have to run a long way in Ghent to find a path along the water. This route focuses on the paths along the Leie River, the heart of which flows just south of Old Town. Our route goes from the Verlorenkost bridge, just west of the University, heading southwest for 3 km, and becoming increasingly pastoral, to the Blaarmeersen playground/waterpark. Our route goes out on one side of the river and back on the other. There’s a dedicated path along most of the route, with water views the whole way, and options for paved or gravel surface in some sections.
Add-Ons. There are good additional waterside options for a longer run. At the north end, see our Coupure route for paths along there, and at the south end, can easily connect to our 3 km loop around Blaarmeersen Lake, and the 5 km Watersportbaan lake/canal loop.