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8 days of borderless hiking in the Ardennes – the Lee & Eislek Trail

Hiking Collection by Éislek
7-15 days
3-6 h / day
98.3 mi
14,250 ft
14,100 ft

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!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:24
    11.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.The hiking route starts at the train station in Ettelbruck, leads you past the monument in honor of the American general George Patton and finally up the slope on a small path. Once at the top, you hike along the edge of the plateau towards Erpeldingen and enjoy unique views of the Sauer, which flows leisurely through the valley.You cross Erpeldingen and then hike along the bottom of the Mëchelbaach. You will pass great viewpoints and pass the pretty village of Michelau. Now it goes up again and at the top of the Gringlee you will be rewarded with a picturesque view of Bourscheid Castle on the other side of the valley. After the steep descent into the Sauertal, you will then reach today's destination Bourscheid-Moulin.

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    12.1 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,550 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 2 on the Lee Trail takes you in an exciting up and down from Bourscheid-Moulin on almost 20 kilometers to Hoscheid. From here the path leads you upstream along the Sauer.Then you leave the valley and climb up to the village of Bourscheid and the Napoleonsknäppchen viewpoint. We continue to the village of Dirbach, which is overlooked by the impressive rocky outcrops of Rouschteschleen. Then the path rises again and leads you on the hill of the Sauer Valley to Goebelsmühle.You continue to hike through wedge hedges and dive into the quiet Schlinderal valley. At the end of the valley it goes uphill again to Molberlee. However, once you have mastered the ascent, you can relax in the Hoscheid stage on the high plateau.

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  • Intermediate
    04:29
    9.17 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    2,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.You cross the CR 348, hike over the Hoflee and then along the river Gëischelterbaach. The hiking path then turns left and brings you up to the Hockslee and Ueweschlee viewpoints.Finally, you walk on a beautiful hiking trail over the ridge of the Bomm down to Kautenbach, the destination of the over 50 km long Lee Trail. In Kautenbach you will find restaurants, accommodation and a train station.If you've got a taste for it and want to hike further, then you can get right into the Eislek Trail in Kautenbach.

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  • Difficult
    07:10
    14.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.The hike begins with a steep climb over an old cattle path, on the way you can already enjoy the first great views of the valley and the picturesque forests. Incidentally, oak forests are typical of this region of Luxembourg.Then it goes downhill again to the campsite and on to the Schüttburg. You continue walking towards Lellingen, one of the most beautiful historical places in Luxembourg.After 15 kilometers you will reach the only intersection of an integer longitude and an integer latitude in Luxembourg (50 ° 0 ′ 0 ″ N, 6 ° 0 ′ 0 ″ E), characterized by the “Kiischpelter sun circle”. Through the forest on the Walber hill you hike towards the Irbach valley. Soon you will see the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Clervaux in front of you, your destination today.If the whole tour is too long for you, you can get on the train to Clervaux in Wilwerwiltz or Drauffelt.

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  • Difficult
    05:41
    12.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It continues with stage 2 on the Eislek Trail. The 20 kilometer tour takes you from Clervaux to Asselborn-Moulin. Much of the route is accompanied by the Wolz, a tributary of the Sauer.You leave Clervaux and follow the river upstream. The first few kilometers you roam through a largely renatured area before you enter the mysterious forest of Beischend. On this part of the way you will pass a whole series of relics, including a plane that crashed through self-bombardment and a monastery. Around Ulflingen and Sassel you can also expect numerous viewpoints.The Tretterbach valley is one of the valleys in Luxembourg that has retained its originality to this day. If you follow the creek to its source, the mill of Asselborn, your today's destination, will soon appear in front of you.

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    12.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Continue on your hike through the Éislek. On the third stage of the Eislek Trail you hike 20 kilometers on a relatively flat route from Asselborn-Moulin to Houffalize and cross the border from Luxembourg to Belgium.You start at the mill of Asselborn and walk along the valley to the species-rich nature reserve Emeschbaach. Then it goes over the agricultural plateau to the hamlet ponds and on to Helzingen and Hoffelt, near the remains of the canal project between the Meuse and the Moselle. Between 1827 and 1831 the king of the "United Kingdom of the Netherlands", Wilhelm I, planned a huge project: he wanted to connect the Meuse to the Rhine via the Moselle valley and thus build a new shipping route through Luxembourg. The project included more than 200 locks, 300 kilometers of canalized rivers and ten underground rivers - and was never completed.You will soon be crossing the border into Belgium. The villages of Buret, Bernistap and Tavigny also contain evidence of the almost pharaonic work that Wilhelm of Orange had planned here. The path then leads you to Alhoumont and offers great views before you dive into the Blancs Bois forest and hike to the Hermitage and on to Fosse d’Outh. Now it is not far to your stage goal Houffalize.

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  • Difficult
    06:49
    14.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.Then the path rises again and you will pass the village of Bonnerue and the mill of Rensiwez. You will soon reach the point where the western and eastern Ourthe meet. On a narrow path you will accompany the river on its journey through the Belgian Ardennes.After several forest passages, the path leads you along the ridge and offers you wonderful views. Then you reach the reservoir of Nisramont, the ideal place for a refreshing break. It is not far from here, then you have reached today's stage destination Nadrin - but not without enjoying some great views of the Ourthe along the way.

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    11.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,825 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.Then it continues to the village of Bérismenil. Here you can enjoy a wonderful view down to the small hamlet of Maboge, to which you then hike. Then the path winds along the stream to Borzée. From here it goes on the edge of the valley to La Roche-en-Ardenne, the destination of the Eislek Trail. At the end of the village, you can enjoy great views of the opposite slopes, the Ourthe and the castle of La Roche-en-Ardenne.Treat yourself to a stroll through the tranquil La Roche-en-Ardenne before you end your hiking adventure through the Luxembourg and Belgian Ardennes and make your way home packed with great impressions.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    98.3 mi
  • Duration
    46:32 h
  • Elevation
    14,250 ft14,100 ft

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