Hike near the castle of Horst
Having enjoyed the relaxing photo walks taken in the beautiful autumn forest scenery of the arboretum of Heverlee, the arboretum in Tervuren and the National Botanic Garden, my next destination was the castle of Horst.
Advertised in a hiking guide for having several routes that go through and around the forests grounds and agricultural landscape surrounding the castle, it seemed like a great spot for a nice day out.
Only made a few captures of the castle itself as it is undergoing renovations, hence much of it is in scaffolding. Chose to apply a vintage style preset to these images of the castle in Lightroom to create a more antique look.
Located in Sint-Pieters-Rode, Hoslbeek, the castle of Horst -of which the tower dates back to the 15th century- is actually used in the comic book “De Rode Ridder”, a series set in medieval times chronicling the adventures of the knight Johan.
Remember reading some of those comics as a child. Its medieval tales of knights embarking on fantastic adventures of course appeal to any young boy.
The hiking route advertised in the guide I had looked up online turned out to reference a route leading away from the castle into more urban areas. Not interested in following such a trail, instead opted to walk the various short local routes detailed on a map displayed near the castle entrance.
Although the weather was terrific and surrounding forest grounds were smaller than those of the locations I previously went to, surprisingly only ran into a handful of other people. Was able to fully enjoy the great landscape, shaped by the fall season and its warm colors.
Rather convenient to indulge in some local gastronomy or simply to relax with a refreshing drink after having travelled the hiking routes, the old coach house near the castle houses a nice tavern.
On this trip as well as the following one, packed Dollfie Dream Kyouko along with my photography gear so you can look forward to a post showcasing autumn styled photos of Kyouko.
You can see more photos from the forest grounds surrounding the castle on Flickr.