Length 7.15 km (4.4 miles), terrain: flat
If you want to run in a nice green spot while in beautiful Leuven, Belgium, try this out-and-back route along the Dijle River through KU (Catholic University) Leuven's sprawling Arenberg campus.
The modern campus has lots of trees, lawns and sports fields surrounding the buildings, and the little river flows quietly through it all, so the whole route has a feeling of being out in the country.
|Running along the Dijle River|
And, due to the students, the route has a lively flair that you seldom find elsewhere, with runners everywhere, and the athletic fields all busy sports of all types. The university is the largest in the lowands, and has a few campuses, but the Arenberg campus is the biggest.
So, if you're ready to give this nice little run a try, let's head to the start along the south side of the Leuven "Ringweg" road, along the street called Tervuursevest, where an overpass takes the ring over the entrance to the university. The ring bus routes can take you there, getting out at the Heverlee Sportcentrum or Ijzerenmolenstraat stops, at each end of the bridge.
|Start of the run: Follow the curve to the left after the round building|
The street ends in front of Building A, where you continue running along the sidewalk between it and Building B.
At the next cross-street, turn left onto the soft wood-chip-paved running path and follow it, heading eastwards between the tennis courts. You are now entering an area of sports fields. Follow the soft path as it continues to the Dijle River, where it curves to the south and continues along the water (with the river to your left side).
|Blurry picture of the soft trail|
Eventually, the path comes to a little footbridge across the Dijle on the left, just before getting to Arenberg Castle. Cross the bridge, and now follow the little street, continuing southwestwards on the other side.
|Approaching the footbridge|
|Arenberg Castle: every university should have one!|
|Running past the watermill|
|Open fields before the woods.|
|Out in the woods: you can't beat it!|
So now, just turn back and return to the start, following the same way that you came.