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Hike between orchards and hedgerows – Belgium’s Tour du Pays de Herve

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Hike between orchards and hedgerows – Belgium’s Tour du Pays de Herve

Hiking Collection by Perrine

8

Tours

44:53 h

103 mi

7,500 ft

The Tour du Pays de Herve (or Plateau de Herve) is a 160-kilometre (99.4 mi) long-distance hiking trail. The large loop passes through typical Belgian landscapes: meadows and orchards with hedgerows. Alive with insects, butterflies, bats, hedgehogs and amphibians, these hedges are very biodiverse.

In the Middle Ages, hedgerows divided the landscape and marked people’s properties. Shaped by humans for generations, these natural fences are gradually disappearing today, increasingly replaced by barbed wire.

This route showcases hedgerows, meadows and orchards, as well as unusual heritage like stiles. These small barriers allow pedestrians to cross through meadows while preventing cattle from escaping. You cross wooden and metal turnstiles and small ladders several times each day.

Pays de Herve also has many delicacies such as Herve, a strong soft cheese, and Aubel syrup. You can spread Aubel syrup on bread, eat it with cheese, or use it in a sauce such as the famous Liège-style meatballs. Your taste buds will be very happy.

I chose to start this Tour in Eupen, the capital of the German-speaking Community of Belgium. The route is divided into eight stages averaging around 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) which gives you enough time to visit places and stop for local delicacies en route.

The hike crosses remote countryside. It’s best to bring your camping gear for accommodation. You’ll find Airbnbs and small hotels at the end of some stages, but not always.

The best time of year to hike in Belgium is from spring to autumn. However, the weather can be unpredictable even in summer, so bring appropriate clothing depending on the forecast.

The Pays de Herve website is a treasure trove of useful information to prepare for your Tour: paysdeherve.be

Eupen is easily accessible by train. You can consult the timetables on the SNCB website: belgiantrain.be/en

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Grande randonnée entre vergers et bocages – Le tour du Pays de Herve

99.8 mi

7,175 ft

7,175 ft

Last updated: November 16, 2021

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    Étape 1 : d'Eupen à Andrimont — Tour du Pays de Herve

    Difficult
    05:49
    13.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This first stage starts from Eupen, the capital of the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and takes you through the countryside to reach Andrimont, towards the west.

    

    Eupen has many historic monuments and mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, marking the height of the cloth industry. You

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  • Intermediate
    03:56
    8.85 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you leave Andrimont to continue east to Herve, a small village which gave its name to an entire region known for its bocage landscapes, made up of a mosaic of meadows and crops delimited by a network of hedges. .

    

    You successively pass the railway line and the motorway. On the other side of these

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    12.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You leave Herve via line 38 and the old station. The building now houses a reception and information area. An annex, shaped like a wagon, houses a brewery. Along the route you will notice the remains of this old railway line: a station transformed into a restaurant, a bridge, a sign ... After a few kilometers

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  • Difficult
    07:31
    17.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This fourth stage takes you to Olne, a village also classified among the “Most beautiful villages in Wallonia”. In the center of the village, the town hall is a former residence of a notable built in 1747.

    

    In the countryside you pass by a remarkable tree: the Vieux Tilleul, which is said to be over 400

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,125 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Fifth day in the Pays de Herve with another emblematic city of the region as a destination: Aubel.

    

    You leave Dalhem passing in front of its magnificent castle before walking through the magical Asse Valley. You travel on small roads on the plateaus, with pretty panoramas. You then descend through the

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  • Difficult
    05:20
    12.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You leave Aubel in a typical landscape of the Pays de Herve between groves and meadows. By now, you are most likely an expert in passageways and turnstiles.

    

    At the end of multiple crossings of meadows, you pass in front of the castle of Berlieren and its vineyard. This farmhouse was renovated in 2008

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  • Difficult
    06:40
    15.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The route of this seventh stage progresses along the Dutch border where you will see several old terminals, and in the German-speaking region of Belgium.

    

    Shortly after leaving Gemmenich, you arrive at the junction between the three countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The Baudouin tower overlooks

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    12.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Last stage of this Tour du Pays de Herve! And it starts off on an offbeat note with this old high-voltage cabin that now houses the Carrot Museum. Open all year round, 24 hours a day, this 1.8 m² space is the smallest museum in Belgium, and arguably the world. Thanks to a mechanical elevator system

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    103 mi
  • Duration
    44:53 h
  • Elevation
    7,500 ft

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