Ghent's Nature Reserve The Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen

The Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen is a beautiful and quiet nature reserve just outside the centre of Ghent. The paths are wide and immersed in nature! The standard route consists of a loop of 5 km. The Bourgoyen can also be a nice addition to your standard loop around the Watersportbaan to extend your total distance to 10 km.

There are a few places where you can enter the nature reserve. The two most common entrances can be found on the map below. For people coming from a bit further, there is plenty of space to park your car as well. Once you've found your way in, let the joy begin! The route is easy to follow, but if you do take a wrong turn, I'm sure you will not regret it. The reserve covers more than 220 hectares, so there is plenty to discover!

Nature reserve, morning sun
Morning sun on the Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen close the centre of Ghent

You can run the loop in both directions and most of the paths are wide enough to pass the other runners, hiking families or many bird spotters trying to capture the perfect picture.

wooden bridge
Wooden bride, be careful not to slip!

Although most of the route is wide and easy to run on, there are some smaller paths, especially on the south of the reserve next to the Leie. On these parts, you will have to count on the hospitality of your fellow nature lovers to let you pass, but I've never had any troubles with that. Another smaller part is where the route turns into a wooden bridge. For the competitive runners who like a challenge, the whole bridge is a segment on Strava but be careful not to fall into the water because it can get very slippery - speaking from experience...

I would suggest to start off by following the route as I showed below but be sure to explore around the nature reserve yourself. This will only make your run even more enjoyable and adding those few extra kilometres while exploring might be the perfect way to push yourself to increase your running distance!

map of route around Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen
The 5 km route around the Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen nature reserve

If you enjoyed this route, be sure to give it a like, share it with friends, and don't forget to check out the other routes below or above 10 km! If you have some suggestions or variations to this specific route, let me know below this post or send me an email.

💡 Tip: This route can be a perfect extension to a lap around the Watersportbaan or Blaarmeersen.

💡 Tip: I enjoy this route the most before noon as it can get a bit busy later during the day.