Coastal walking route
The Coastal walking route is by far the most complete walking network on the Coast. For the first time, the route covers the entire Flemish coastline, between De Panne and Knokke-Heist. The Coastal walking route is a network of paved and unpaved walking paths between De Panne and Knokke-Heist. By means of this route, you can design your own walking route via signposted intersections. Those spots can all be found on a handy map. Couldn’t get any easier!
With the Coastal walking route, you can enjoy dunes and polders, mudflats and salt marshes, sea and beach. And much more beyond just nature: the route also offers a dive into the rich maritime history of the region, our wartime history or the Belle Epoque. And with the identified intersections, you can design your Coastal walk ‘à la carte’; opt for a different path each time.
How to walk
Very easy. With the 140 signposted intersections, you can walk where and as long as you wish. Spots where you can have a rest are also provided along the way. You will be walking past safe paved and unpaved walking paths that are linked up via numbered intersections. An intersection is a spot where two or more walking paths cross. Using the numbered intersections, you can design your own walking route. The kilometres marked on the map help you to determine the length of your walk.
Start your walk preferably at one of the ‘entry points’. You can recognize an entry point on the starting sign with a map providing an overview, information and a guide to the paths. These spots are easy to reach, there is parking available and a connection to public transport. Look out for the square wooden posts and rectangular white signs with red text. Moreover, the walking networks are signposted in both directions. At each intersection, there is a rectangular sign with the intersection number and directions to the next intersections. Between the intersections, there are arrows pointing out the way. Easy, isn’t it?
Accessible coastal walking route
Westtoer ensures that the Coastal walking route is accessible to as many people as possible. The network comprises both paved and half-paved surfaces, for example through a dune zone, but it is perfectly possible to make fine excursions using a wheelchair or handbike.
The detailed maps in the brochure for the Coastal walking route indicate the paved paths as well as accessible tram stops, public toilets and accessible cafés and restaurants.
Walking and the Coastal tram
Around half of the Coastal tram stops are on or near a segment of the Coastal walking route. Walkers on the coast can thus easily combine their walk with a ride on the Coastal tram. There is always a tram stop nearby that can take the walker back or on a bit further. The Coastal tram stops are all indicated and named on the map of the Coastal walking route. Forty Coastal tram stops have been selected by De Lijn and Westtoer as ‘entry points’ for the Coastal walking route. They are equipped with a permanent signpost and a colourful poster that links you to this website via a QR code.
Put together your own walk
With the walking route planner, you can plan your own route and put together the nicest customized walks. Choose a region and pick a few intersections. You will be able to see the length of the route immediately, and what there is to do and see along the way. Super easy!
Virtual walks with Google Street View
All the routes of the Art walking route are also available on Google Street View. It’s very useful to take a look beforehand at all the places you will be passing by. A total of 160 kilometres of ‘walking route images’ along the Coast have been photographed with a Google-Trekker camera. The car-free seafronts in the network are shown.