Who doesn't know them in Belgium? The GR hiking paths, the long distance hiking paths, the big walks, the Grandes Randonnées?
You find them everywhere in Europe and even far beyond. You recognize them by the omnipresent white-red signs in the most beautiful and interesting places. Sometimes they represent hiking paths of a few thousand kilometers long, guiding you through several countries and regions. Some of them are famous and notorious, think about the GR 5 from the North Sea all the way up to the Mediterranean, or the GR 20 through Corsica, or the GR 10 cutting through the Pyrenees from coast to coast. GR hikers often go through long preparations and spend numerous holidays, spread over several years, to finish their path. Some even do it in one go, walking during months on end.
But you can also get to know the GR hiking paths in a more modest way and much closer to home. All you need to do is to reserve a day or half a day now and then to go hiking. Our small country has over 8000 kilometers of GR hiking paths, maybe you even live along one of them without knowing it. Anyway, you'll never need to walk far to find one. Some are part of the great European paths, such as GR 5 (North Sea - Riviera), GR 12 (Amsterdam - Paris), E3 (Black Sea - Compostella) and E9 (European Coastal Path from Estonia to Portugal).
It's in this modest way that we decided years ago to start discovering the Belgian GR paths. Suddenly we had found a healthy, relaxing and cheap new hobby. Not only that, we also got to know are own country a lot better. With every new hike there is always something new to see and to experience.
The hobby soon became a passion which we happily shared with other hikers. We did that during 8 years with the lumaj.be website (Hiking GR paths with Luc and Maj).
With these pages we continue the task. We still report on our GR hikes, although in a somewhat different way.
We now concentrate particularly on Wallonia, the French and German speaking part of Belgium. Our reports on most of the Flemish GR hikes were written many years ago and are no longer relevant. However, new walks in Flanders will still appear on these pages as we decide to do them.
The reports focuss on our impressions and experiences during the hike. It's never our intention to publish descriptions of the itinerary, you'll find those in the topoguides and on the websites of the GR organisations.
The pictures of our hikes can now be looked at within the website itself. No more need to switch to platforms such as Google+, Flickr, Facebook... Pictures always provide a pretty good idea about a hike.
What hasn't changed is the importance we attach to the use of public transport and cheap or reasonable lodging. It's still one of our favourite subjects. Start using the public transport more often ! You'll be surprised to find out where you can get by bus, train and tram. And what's more, the environment, your ecological footprint and the next generations will thank you for it.