The Eifel mountains extend into Belgium and so, in sunshine, I drove into that country.
As it happens, my Satnav took me past the Signal de Botrange (694m), the highest point in Belgium, located in the Hautes Fagnes. I have been there before, but I could not resist bagging it again.
|Via ferrata descent route from tower|
In 1923, the Belgians built a six-metre-high tower on the summit to round off the altitude to 700m.
I think this cow was at the highest point.
|Chapel at Baraque Michel|
You'd think that, because they have so few hills, the Dutch would leave this hill alone. Far from it, it has been mined and quarried since Paleolithic times. Even now, there is a huge limestone quarry in the middle.
Even so, there is still a pleasant walk through woodland on the outer edges. I managed to get in a ten kilometre walk as dusk descended. And to make sure I bagged it, I visited all the tops.
I had planned to stop the night in the carpark, but I was moved on by the police and therefore headed back into Belgium.
|Quarrying on Sint-Pietersberg|
|Is this the summit?|
|Or is this it? More likely, the other one|