Geutelingenpad – A must do hike in February incl. Geutelingen!

A cloudy day in February with a likely chance of rain isn’t ideal for a hike in the Flemish Ardennes.
Unless there is shelter and food guaranteed at the end of the hike. Especially if the food actually is a local tradition. The Geutelingen.

Type: single day hike
Length: 8km
Region: Flemish Ardennes
Parking: Around the church of Elst
Remark: During spring, summer and autumn you are more likely to get nice views and lovely weather but you can only get the ‘Geutelingen’ in the winter!

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek
The church in Elst, start of the walk ‘Geutelingenpad’

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek
Geutelingenpad in Elst – Brakel – Vlaamse Ardennen – Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek

The oven to bake Geutelingen. Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek
The traditional oven where the Geutelingen are baked in Elst.
Inside the oven it’s about 300 degrees. Not something you’ll be able to do in your home kitchen!
If you are (un)lucky, you’ll have to take a short course and demonstrate yourself how to bake a ‘Geuteling’.
Our friend Marie was able to handle the hot temperatures coming out of the oven and got her certificate.
Eating the famous Geutelingen in Elst. Geutelingenpad in Elst - Brakel - Vlaamse Ardennen - Zwalmstreek
However, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! Delicious!

If you don’t manage to get to Elst yourself you can also order the ‘Geutelingen’ online.

Additional information:

  • Leaflet of the trail with the history of ‘Geutelingen’. Download pdf here of here.
  • Geutelingen website where you can order your Geutelingen online: Geutelingen.com