Practical Information


South Hageland, with its sunken roads, winding forest paths and Meerdaal forest make the Meerdaal Nature Walk 50 km a real experience for experienced walkers and daredevils.

Group start at 6.00 am

Individual start between 6.00 & 8.30


A selective trail with nature, greenery and forests in the heart of South Hageland makes the Meerdaal Nature Trail 35 km the ideal walk for sporty walkers.

Group start at 7.00 am

Individual start between 7.00 & 9.30 


The Meerdaal Nature Kids Trail is the ideal way to get in touch with the largest deciduous forest in Flanders in a playful way with children and the whole family.

No group start

Individual start between 10 & 13u30 


Participation package

  • Starter package
  • Time registration 
  • Signposte route with km-indication
  • Ample supply & rest points along the way
  • Sanitary facilities along the way
  • First-aid post
  • Bag drop for the 50 km
  • Pasta supply for the 50 & 35 km
  • 1 free Tripel Bierbeek beertasting on arrival (after presentation ID)
  • A remembrance Meerdaal Nature Trail
  • Insurance Wandelsport Vlaanderen vzw 
  • A guaranteed smile on your face!


  • Members of a recognized hiking federation *
    • Participation costs 50 km: € 25
    • Participation costs 35 km: € 19
    • Participation costs 4 km: € 5
    • * It concerns members of Wandelsport Vlaanderen vzw, FFBMP  & Wandersportverband Ostbelgien,
  • Non-members *
    • Participation costs 50 km: € 45 *
    • Participation costs 35 km: € 39 *
    • Participation costs 4 km: € 6.5
    • *Participation includes one year of membership at Wandelsport Vlaanderen vzw. Membership starts on 01.10.2022 and is valid until 31.12.2023.

Control and supply

All participants will receive a wristband at the start. You must show this proof to the rest zones to receive your supplies.. 



  • With Car: E40:Brussel-Luik: exit 23a (Haasrode), E40:Luik-Brussel: afrit 23
  • With Train:  line Leuven-Ottignies at 6.55 AM, 7.55 AM and 8.55 AM from railway station Leuven to station Heverlee.

    We provide pick-up in Heverlee station if you call GSM 0496/75.23.51 in advance. 

  • Bus: line 5 (exit Lijsterstraat) from Leuven  
  • TEC: Leuven - Jodoigne

Starting time & location

Each distance have its own starting time

  • 50 km free start between 6.00 & 8.30 a.m 
  • 35 km free start between 7.00 & 9.30 a.m 
  • 4 km free start between 10.00 & 13.30 a.m


All distances starts at Gemeentelijk Ontmoetingscentrum, Bierbeekstraat 8B - 3052 Blanden. The finish must be reached at 17.30 pm at the latest.

On arrival you are welcome as a participant, but also as a supporter in our après-walking café of the Meerdaal Nature Walk.

Pick up participation package

  • Participants receive an E-ticket with which they can pick up their participation package on site.

  • You can pick up the participation package on the day itself from 5 a.m

Parking options

Parking facilities are provided in the vicinity of the Municipal Meeting Centre. Follow the signs to the parking zones and parking attendants.


Have you never walked a long distance before, but are you dreaming of your first walking marathon or 100 km? No problem, Wandelsport Vlaanderen vzw is happy to help you on your way!

We worked out training schedules from Start to Walk 5 and 10 km and for the long distance walkers there are schedules of 42 and 100 km. The 5 and 10 km build up in 10 weeks, the marathon in 20 weeks and the 100 km in 24 weeks.

Do you want to build up your intended kilometers in a safe way? Then use our training schedules. It also comes with a training guide full of tips and tricks to best prepare you for your next hiking challenge.