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Belgium

1.2 km (0.7 miles) E of Zichem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Approx. altitude: 17 m (55 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 51°S 175°W

Accuracy: 66 m (216 ft)
Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS Screen #3: North view #4: East view #5: South view #6: West View #7: Maagden tower #8: View from the top of the tower #9: Historical map #10: South bank flooding #11: Bike track

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#1: SWN panoramic view

(visited by Philippe Burtin)

19-Mar-2019 -- Back in Belgium to attend the ISICEM meeting in Bruxelles. Perfect occasion to visit one more CP between two post graduate sessions.

I reached the litttle town of Zichem by car. My initial plan was to follow the dust track separating the fields on the south bank of the river starting exactly at the same place as Rainer Mautz back in 2015. But this turned out quickly to be impossible as the whole south bank was flooded due to the heavy rains of the past 2 weeks.

I set a default plan and walked into the village, found the track to a pedestrian bridge that crossed the river just at the junction with the canal and was able to approach the CP from the north bank until 66 m.

This gave me the opportunity to visit the Maagdentoren which is a medieval tower overlooking the junction of the river and the canal. It was built at the end of the 14th century (1383-1430). The initial function of the The tower is unknown. It has been nicely restored after a partial collapse in 2006. One can now climb to the top and from there have a modern 360° look over the area, and try to figure out what the medieval landscape depicted on the info posters looked like (I marked an estimate location of the CP on the medieval map.

One more special dedication to Rainer Mautz (Meta biker and Meta CP visitor !) who visited this CP back in 2015 : Rainer, next time you can reach this CP biking on a wonderful bike track!


 All pictures
#1: SWN panoramic view
#2: GPS Screen
#3: North view
#4: East view
#5: South view
#6: West View
#7: Maagden tower
#8: View from the top of the tower
#9: Historical map
#10: South bank flooding
#11: Bike track
ALL: All pictures on one page
  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
17-Jun-19  15-Jun-19  Thomas Schoch  yes  pending