The 100-mile-long (160 km) Escapardenne Trail is a beautiful border hike connecting Luxembourg and Belgium. Acknowledged as a “Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe,” the long-distance hiking trail winds its way through the Belgium-Luxembourg Ardennes’ rocky slate landscape, passing picturesque castles, idyllic rivers and impressive viewpoints along the way.
In this Collection, we guide you through the region’s unique landscape in the best way – on foot. Over the course of 8 stages, you’ll follow two wonderful hiking trails along the Escapardenne – the Lee Trail and the Eislek Trail.
On three stages, you’ll follow the Lee Trail as it leads you just over 30 miles (50 km) from Luxembourg's Ettelbrück to Kautenbach. Here, the trail joins its big brother, the Eislek Trail. The serene calm and fragrant coniferous forests will make you completely forget daily life as you follow the 60-mile-long (100 km) trail from Kautenbach to the Belgian La Roche-en-Ardenne.
You can either hike the two trails separately, combine both together, or even just choose to do a few daily stages. The Escapardenne is well-connected to the railway network so it’s easy to reach the start and endpoints.
As you hike, you’ll come across picturesque villages where you can find refreshments. The hikes also finish in a place with hiking-friendly accommodation. If you do not want to carry your luggage yourself, you can also arrange a luggage service from hotels.
The region is also perfect for camping. As well as excellent campsites, you can find wild camping spots in the Parc Naturel des Deux Ourthes in Belgium on stage 4 and 5. Here, you can pitch your tent in the middle of the beautiful nature. Just be sure to follow the regulations and pack all your rubbish when you leave the next morning.
The Escapardenne is a dreamy place to hike, get out there and enjoy the tranquil paths and nature up-close. Allons-y!
Always close to the railway connection between Luxembourg and Troisvierges, the Lee Trail awaits you, a long-distance hiking trail with a lot of original nature, tranquility and numerous rock ridges - by the way, Lee is Luxembourgish for rock ridge, so the name of the trail fits perfectly. The first stage takes you from Ettelbruck to Bourscheid-Moulin on almost 18 kilometers.
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All good things come in threes: The third and final stage on the Lee Trail takes you from Hoscheid to Kautenbach in a relaxed 15 kilometers. Right at the start, it descends into the idyllic Lëtschbaachtal.Serpentines lead you uphill on the opposite side of the valley - before you descend straight back to the Sainte Cunégonde chapel at the bottom of the Schlinder Valley. After a short breather you hike through deciduous forests up to a hill.
Enclosed in a deep valley, washed out by the two rivers Clerve and Wiltz, the village of Kautenbach forms the starting point for the 100 km long Eislek Trail. The first stage of the long-distance hiking trail to Belgium takes you on almost 25 kilometers in a beautiful up and down through the Éislek (also known as Ösling in German), a foothill of the Ardennes. Start is in the center of Kautenbach.
Stage 4 on the Eislek Trail winds its way from Houffalize to Nadrin on almost 24 kilometers. To warm up it goes uphill through the pretty old town. Once at the top, the path leads you into the forest - time to take a deep breath and enjoy. A little later you will reach the viaduct of the E25 motorway, under which the hiking path leads. Then you walk down into the valley and enjoy the wonderful tranquility of nature.
Final sprint on the Eislek Trail: On the fifth stage of the trail, which is a good 18 kilometers long, you hike from Nadrin to La Roche-en-Ardenne. You leave Nadrin and run partly over forested, steep slopes, partly along the river to the Celtic fortress Cheslé. At the former settlement site you can see some replicas of the former fortification today.