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Walking in Ypres & surroundings
The historic centre with the reconstructed buildings, the Vauban Ramparts which for 10 centuries have been the fortification of the city, the history of WWI in Ypres... are only a few examples of the numerous walking possibilities in Ypres.
Heritage Footpath Ypres
Follow the bronze rivets with the outline of the Cloth Hall, the cathedral and the Menin Gate at about every street corner.
The heritage footpath is about 5,3 km long and provides the most complete footpath in the Ypres inner city.
Three themes have been more thoroughly developed in the brochure: the belfry which is classified as a world heritage site and the Cloth Hall, the second focuses on Arthur Merghelynck, the third illustrates the reconstruction of the city after WW1.
Map available at the tourist office.
The Ramparts of Ypres are the best preserved in the country. Their history started ten centuries ago when the city originated on the banks of the Ieperlee. Initially, the Ramparts were little more than an earth wall with moats.
The stone walls and towers were built later. Later still, they developed into a complex unit with bastion, advance fortifications, moats and islands.
The signposted route is 2.6 km and provides an enjoyable and leisurely 90 minutes walk. Along the route there are 23 information panels. They provide explanation about the different aspects of the Vauban Ramparts.
Natural Reserve The Palingbeek
During World War 1 ‘De Palingbeek' was located in the frontline, in the centre of the Ypres Salient, which was defended fiercely by the British troops. The highest peak was called ‘The Bluff', known with the Germans as
‘Die Grosse Bastion'. This place was hit several times by underground mines from both armies. The ‘Great Mine Warfare' in Mesen on June 7th 1917 also left its traces in ‘De Palingbeek' and surroundings, among which Caterpillar Crater and Hill 60.
Nowadays the Provincial Estate ‘De Palingbeek' is about 230 ha. The domain exists of ‘Molenbos', ‘de Vierlingen' and the Old Canal. You can visit the visitor's centre, the Astrolab Iris and the environmental farm.
‘De Palingbeek' is a paradise for walkers of all kinds. The walking network map Ypres Salient can be a very good manual. (only in Dutch or French available)