De Watering

De Watering is a unique area. Here you can hike through the water meadows created in the 19th century to irrigate the wild heathland with canals. This made them rich in flora and fauna: no less than 350 different plant species and 120 bird species have been counted! The water meadows trail is a short hike but oh so atmospheric.


Tip: visit the nature reserve with a guide and learn all about its beautiful nature and the animals that live here. Groups also welcome!


Hiking loop

1.9 km


  • Starting point and parking: Wateringhuis, Oude Maai 80, Lommel. Parking is available at the end of Koloniestraat.
  • De Watering is not accessible by public transport.
  • More info about the themed walks can be found on


Contact Natuurpunt for Wateringhuis and guided walks:

Kris Schurmans

+32 (0)472 40 85 20



Because of its high natural value, the nature reserve is only partially accessible: between hiking nodes 62 and 63. The trails are not wheelchair or pushchair friendly.

Wateringhuis is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.


Opening hours

Wateringhuis is open from 14.00 – 18.00 every Sunday from June to September, and every first Sunday of the month from October to May. You can also visit by appointment (request 3 weeks in advance).