Leuven, Belgium

Heverleebos (National Woods) & Vijvers van Oud-Heverlee Nature Preserve

Google Street View

In southern Leuven in the area just south of the E40 Highway, there’s some nice running in two adjacent areas: Heverleebos is the National Woods, with several miles of trails, while just west of there is the Vijvers van Oud-Heverlee Nature Preserve, which has dirt/grass paths.

Heverleebos. Several miles of mainly wooded paths. A nice route is from the Arboretum west, and then south to the Kasteel harcourt (3 km), and then another 1.5 km on paths along Zoet Water (lake).

Oud-Heverlee. Google Street View

Vijvers van Oud-Heverlee Nature Preserve. This preserve, just south of the E40/A3, has dirt/grass path alongside the River Dyle and a lake.  A nice option is a route of up to 5.4 km one-way along the river to the Kasteel Van Neerijse (castle), or even longer continuing south to Huldenberg.  Can also connect to Heverleebos using our mapped route.

Grand Loop. We’ve mapped a 12 km loop oute combining the two areas. Use it as a guideline for running your desired length and connecting the two.

 

 

Essentials
  • Grand Loop: 12.3 km (7.7 miles). Other distance options
  • 111m (367 feet)
  • Heverleebos: the Arboretum at the east end is a good starting point
  • Oud Heverlee: Access off the N253Parking areas. Train: Oud-Heverlee

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Essentials
  • Grand Loop: 12.3 km (7.7 miles). Other distance options
  • 111m (367 feet)
  • Heverleebos: the Arboretum at the east end is a good starting point
  • Oud Heverlee: Access off the N253Parking areas. Train: Oud-Heverlee