Walking around Rullingen Castle
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We had been to Rullingen Castle the week before and had just walked around aimlessly and nearly frozen to death. This time, however, we had come prepared. Armed with a (print-out) map, brand new walking shoes, thermal underwear and a hat, we weren't going to win any fashion contest, but we would at least return without any body parts frozen off.
We parked the car at the castle and then set off down the road, along the Muggestraat, across the little flow the Herk. At the T junction, we took a right and followed the street untill we got to the busy Langstraat. Here we turned right , crossed the street and walked on, untill we got to the house at number 21.
We took the little field road and suddenly found ourselves in the orchards. With the ground frozen solid and the new shoes, we didn't have any problems on this terrain.
We continued walking straight on, untill we saw an old farm in the distance. Soon after that, the dirt road ended and we took a left on the concrete road, which led us right past the farm, which was called the 'Canadawinning'.
Even though we were in the middle of the fields, 2 cars passed us and we ran into a few more walkers, who greeted us.
We eventually got to a small gathering of houses around the Oetersloven chapel, which was closed. We took a left here, walking past the chapel and nearly got run over by 3 idiots on quads.
Our walk brought us back to the busy road we had crosses earlier and we took a right here, and then crossed it again to walk down the Bronstraat.
More walkers joined us and then passed us, but hey, we were amateurs, our pace was slow, but we enjoyed every second of it.
There was a bit of confusion when we got to a picnic spot, whether we had to continue past it or take a left right before we got to the place. We decided to go with the first option and then found ourselves back on the road leading to the castle.
Since it was almost 4pm now and we had reached the mid-point of this 14 kilometer walk, we decided to end here and make our way back to the castle, taking the longer way through the woods on the castle grounds.
The nice thing about this route is that you walk down a wide road leading to the castle, which was built back in 1640 and has now been turned into a posh hotel and restaurant, which is a bit above our budget.
Tired and hungry, we then stumbled into the adjacent "Jachthuis", where we had more affordable pancakes to replaced those burnt calories, happy in the knowledge we had done about 7 kilometers in less than 2 hours and were neither sore nor exhausted.
Soon, we would be back to finish the walk.