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Exploring Belgium’s Wallonia — 8 hikes from station to station

Antonio Ponte

Exploring Belgium’s Wallonia — 8 hikes from station to station

Hiking Collection by Perrine

8

Tours

48:02 h

107 mi

10,725 ft

With more than 3,500 kilometres (2,175 mi) of railway lines, the Belgian railway network is one of the densest in the world. Travelling by train in Belgium allows you to go almost anywhere!

In addition to the pleasure of walking, the train rides from station to station are an opportunity to admire the passing landscapes. Not to mention the convenience of the train, which allows you to easily return to your original destination.

Have you ever heard of Céroux-Mousty station? Sy? Lustin? Leaving the daily routine and arriving at these small country stations is an adventure in itself.

With these eight hikes of about 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) each, you leave from one station to hike to another. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover little corners of nature in the heart of Wallonia.

I recommend that you take water and snacks on each of your hikes. You’ll sometimes be in remote places, so preparation is essential. You should also bring good walking shoes and bear in mind that some sections can be muddy, depending on the season.

An important element for the smooth running of your hike in Wallonia is a train timetable. You can find them on the official website of the SNCB: belgiantrain.be/en

You can also download the SNCB mobile app on your phone so you’ll always know when the next train is leaving.

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    Difficult
    06:09
    13.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Welcome to the Province of Liège! The hike begins at Rivage, on the banks of the Ourthe, then continues on forest paths to the Saint-Martin tower which overlooks Comblain-au-Pont. A wonderful place which is accessed via a long driveway (driveway lined with trees) planted with hundred-year-old lime trees.The walk continues through the woods to the Sablière de Larbois State …

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  • Difficult
    06:20
    13.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you through the rolling hills of the Belgian Ardennes. You start from Pepinster, at the confluence of the Vesdre and the Hoëgne, a small bucolic river that you will follow for more than half of the route.You start by hiking on a forest path before arriving on the outskirts of the small town of Theux. Shortly …

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  • Difficult
    06:29
    13.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike connects the village of Sy to Barvaux. At Sy, it starts off strong because as soon as you get off the train, it climbs! You climb on a ridge offering a breathtaking view of the rocks of Sy, known as a climbing site, and the valley of the Ourthe which is very deep there. From above you can see Logne Castle hidden in the vegetation on the hill opposite.

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    11.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike begins with a small loop around Lac des Doyards. A two-kilometer warm-up in a relaxing setting before climbing to the heights of Vielsalm.Going down towards the Salm valley, you pass the old castle of the Counts of Salm, built around 1300. Over the centuries, the castle has been damaged, burned down and restored many times. Today, only …

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  • Difficult
    06:16
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike in the Namur region starts from the small station of Lustin on the banks of the Meuse.After passing through a lock, you take a path that climbs through the woods to the La Sibérie viewpoint. It is said that this locality was named in this way by a soldier during the First or Second World War (the …

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    13.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you to the heart of Brabant Wallon. A few train stops from the capital, this bucolic route is quite surprising.After a few kilometers you are in the middle of the vines! Even though Belgium is famous for its specialty beers, it has had some talented wine growers for the past twenty years. Landscapes that are all …

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    13.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike will take you to discover the green and wealthy outskirts of Brussels. It begins in Groenendael, in the Flemish region, and ends in Genval, in the Walloon region.After crossing the footbridge over the Brussels ring road, you dive into the capital's green lung, the majestic Sonian Forest, which stretches over some 5,000 hectares. Its peculiarity lies in …

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  • Difficult
    06:10
    14.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you to the province of Hainaut, not far from the French border. You sometimes go along the Sambre on a towpath, or from a forest path on the small hills which overlook it. The course is relatively flat, with only 340 meters of vertical drop over 23 kilometers.You cross the small villages of Lobbes, Thuin, and …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    107 mi
  • Duration
    48:02 h
  • Elevation
    10,725 ft

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