Framed between France, Luxembourg and Germany, a wooded low mountain range — the Ardennes — stretches across Wallonia in Belgium. Rivers and streams meander here and there through the unspoilt countryside, making the Ardennes a fantastic hiking region. The area is particularly picturesque in autumn, when the leaves of the trees turn into a variety of orange and red tones and create a magical atmosphere. On twelve circular hikes we take you to the oldest villages, the most impressive castles, the most exciting vantage points and — of course — to the most beautiful river valleys of the Ardennes.
You can already look forward to very varied landscapes. In the south — on the border to France — the Semois meanders through a romantic valley, which is adorned on both sides by beech forests and impressive rock formations. Especially around Bouillon there are many vantage points, which offer you wonderful panoramic views over the wooded Ardennes. Further north, around the famous Spa, you hike on wooden footbridges through the endless moorland of the High Fens. In between, hilly forest areas with bubbling torrents attract you. In the west, at the edge of the Ardennes, the forests open up and our routes take you over open hills, through narrow river valleys and to romantic castles.
But between all this nature there is also something for those who are interested in culture. Pretty villages with centuries of history, perfectly preserved castles, abandoned castle ruins and cosy little towns are just waiting to be explored.
Be inspired by our walks and discover the Ardennes in Wallonia – a hiking paradise for sunny days in autumn.
Not only the famous Hohe Venn, but also a romantic low mountain range with many small rivers and streams run around Spa. On this tour, you can discover three of them: From the Amblève, you wander through the narrow valleys of its tributaries Ninglinspo and Chefna.You start your challenging hike on the banks of the Amblève and follow it to the junction of the Ninglinspo. On bridges, rooty paths and over rocks, you hike steadily uphill along the rushing brook - a real hiking adventure. After about four kilometers you leave the valley and follow a forest road to the Chefna. The splashing also through a pretty, wooded valley and brings you back to the Amblève and thus the starting point of the hike.
This hike combines an unspoiled wild brook valley with a wooden path. First, the round trip leads you along the banks of the Trô-Marêt and then - typical of the high Venn - over a sprawling moorland.Your hike starts at the Hotel-Restaurant Ferme Libert. From here you follow the route into the wild and romantic Wildbach Valley. Here you will notice a peculiarity. The water of the Trô-Marêt is reddish with peat and iron. Up the stream, the path meanders along the shore and then back into a dense spruce forest. A little later, the forest opens and on wooden planks you stroll through a small moor area. Just before you reach the hotel restaurant, you will pass a game enclosure.
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On this hike around Spa, the high Venn shows its most beautiful side. On this tour, you can walk on the typical boardwalks through the moorland of the Fagne de Malchamps and visit some of the mineral springs that made Spa so famous.Your hike begins at the trail parking lot at the source Géronstère, which had already been visited by Tsar Peter the Great. First you hike on forest and forest roads, until suddenly the wide landscape of the Venn opens in front of you. Right on the edge, you'll find a wooden observation tower, from which you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the Venn and the hills around Spa. After a long walk through the moorland, it goes back into the forest and via the sources Barisart and Pia back to the starting point. Here you can end the hike in the inn Géronstère.
Unspoilt hiking trails, dense forests, rocky viewpoints and a romantic Wildbachtal - you will not be bored on this nine-kilometer tour. From the small village of Solwaster on the edge of the High Fens, we lead you through a wooded hilly landscape into the valley of the Statte.It comes out of beautiful old farmhouses out Solwaster. The small windows and thick stone walls of the houses are reminiscent of the fact that there used to be a harsh climate here. After a few minutes you reach the place, which splashing wildly through the wooded valley. Upstream it goes through the forest and on small bridges over and over river. After about four kilometers, a hiking trail bends to the right, which leads to a forest road shortly thereafter. This brings you back above the valley and directly to the impressive Rock Rocher de Bilisse - if you like, you can climb up a light path and enjoy the view. Past the dolmens of Solwaster, you finally hike back to the starting point of your hike.
This route takes you from Bouillon - famous for its imposing castle grounds - through the Semois Valley, which cuts deep into the shales of the Ardennes.At the beginning you walk very close to the riverbank, before you climb to the lookout point "Pic du Diable". From up here you can enjoy a great view over the river wind of the Semois and the deep forests. On narrow forest paths you walk past Corbion and the rock outcrop "Rocher du Pendu", which also offers a great panoramic view. At the end of the arboretum of Buillon we will head back to the starting point, where you can finally visit the castle.
In the valley of the Semois, tobacco used to be grown on a large scale. Many of the villages have become rich with their tobacco products and even today you can see the traces of tobacco processing - especially the large wooden tobacco stores where the leaves used to be dried. On this tour you walk through the picturesque valley and visit the old tobacco villages Mouzaive and Laforêt.The starting point is the artist village Vresse-sur-Semois. From here, you first cross the old stone bridge "Pont St. Lambert" from the 18th century and walk along the river. Forest and meadows alternate, up to the viewpoint Naglémont ascend. Up here, at 340 meters, you have a great view of the surrounding landscape. After descending from the viewpoint, cross the Semois and wander through Mouzaive. Without significant height differences and again along the river, you will soon reach the village of Laforêt with its historic center. From here it is only a short distance to the starting point of the hike.
This circular walk takes you to the crest of Frahan, one of the most exciting vantage points in the Semois Valley. It used to be a castle, but only scanty remnants of it have survived, but the view of the meandering river is all the more beautiful.From Corbion, the starting point of your hike, you follow the route first to the "Chaire à Prêcher", a towering rock on the edge of the valley with panoramic qualities. From here it goes gently downhill towards Felsenkamm. It stands on a narrow headland, which is surrounded by the Semois - at the narrowest point, the windings of the river are separated by a ridge just a few meters apart. On a narrow path it goes uphill and on the top of the ridge you have a magnificent view. Immediately afterwards, you will hike down to contemplative Frahan and then on a bridge to the other bank of the Semois. Follow the course of the valley to the tobacco village Poupehan. Once you have crossed the Semois once again, you will reach the starting point of your hike again. Here, the visit to the Tobacco Museum is the culmination of your hike.
The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Orval looks back on almost 900 years of history, making it one of the most important monasteries in Belgium. Especially exciting is the gathering of ancient Abbey Ruins, which was destroyed at the time of the French Revolution, with the new building from the early 20th century. Our round trip will take you from the abbey through the wooded stream valley of the Ruisseau de Williers on the Belgian-French border.From the trail parking lot at the abbey, you first walk past the Château d'Orval and then turn into the Bachtal. Sometimes it goes through the forest, sometimes along the edge of open meadows along to the French border village Williers, where you can take a break in a cozy inn on both sides of the border. Afterwards you will hike back to the monastery on the other side of the stream. A visit to the monastery ruins and a tasty Trappist beer from the monastery shop round off your tour.
Wallonia is famous for the countless castles and palaces - some of them even today in excellent condition. On this tour you will hike through the valley of the Lesse, a tributary of the Meuse, and on the way visit two perfectly preserved castles.Starting point of your hike is the trail parking lot at the station Gendron-Celles. From here follow the course of the Lesse, which has cut in wide arcs deep into the slate and limestone slabs of the Ardennes. Soon you can admire a particularly beautiful rock formation on the opposite bank: the "Aiguilles de Chaleux". Twice you cross the river on narrow bridges, before you see the castle Walzin high above the valley. The castle is still inhabited today and can only be visited from the outside. Afterwards it goes uphill and with beautiful views of the valley to the next castle - the fairy tale castle Vêves is also open to visitors and can be visited. From Vêves, it is only a short distance to the starting point of the hike.
Forests, meadows and castles - this is on the program of this circular walk. In about three hours you walk from Falaen through the valley of the Flavion to the impressive ruins of Montaigle.Already at the beginning of the hike you can admire a splendid castle: The fortified farm of Falaen with its walls, the big tour and the watchtowers is excellently preserved and belongs to the rare, heavily fortified estates of Wallonia. From here you hike across open meadows to the Flavion. You follow the small river over orchards and dense forests until you reach the ruins of Montaigle. After exploring the impressive castle, you'll hike back to Falaen over fields with beautiful views.
Between Virelles and Lompret, the river Eau Blanche - the white water - meanders through the forest of Blaimont in a narrow, romantic valley. On our circular route you follow the run, visit the contemplative Lompret and enjoy beautiful vantage points.Starting point of your hike the parking of the nature center Aquascope Virelles. After only a few minutes you will reach the valley of the Eau Blanche. On the way there you first climb a short distance on a slope and walk on forest roads parallel to the valley to Lompret. Here you can take a break at the restaurant before returning to Virelles on the riverbank. Always along the rippling water of the Eau Blanche, you will soon reach the Aquascope again. In the modern nature center you can learn a lot about the nature reserve of the lake Étang de Virelles.
In Nismes, on the western edge of the Ardennes, you can discover a scenic feature. Around the small town extends a limestone plateau, which enchants on the one hand with Mediterranean grasslands and on the other with impressively shaped canyons. With our tour you can explore the most beautiful places and at the same time learn something about this special landscape.Let's start on the edge of the rock labyrinth Fondry des Chiens. Via Kalkmagerrasen with typical Mediterranean vegetation, you hike to the lookout rock Roche Trouée and finally into the rock labyrinth. After exploring the exciting formations, caves and narrow gorges, the route will take you across meadows and through forests to the valley of the Viroin. You follow the river until you can see the castle ruin Dourdes high above the valley. Now it goes uphill and on forest roads back to the starting point.