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Historic walls & magical forests – short getaways in the Belgian Ardennes

Belgien Wallonie Tourismus | Dominik Ketz

Historic walls & magical forests – short getaways in the Belgian Ardennes

Hiking Collection by Belgien Wallonie

15

Tours

64:46 h

136 mi

13,650 ft

Hiking through romantic river valleys, magical forests, and past mystical rock formations, you can let your imagination run wild. The Ardennes in the south of Belgium has a lot to discover: Climb up to viewpoints and ruined castles where history comes alive, explore the stone-cladded streets of quaint towns, and immerse yourself in wonderful nature.

In this Collection, we present 15 circular hikes through endless prairie landscapes and moorlands, over rolling High Fens, and along country lanes steeped in history. You follow rivers such as the Ninglinspo and visit monoliths known for their legends. You ride along the shimmering turquoise water of the Semois River as it meanders through romantic valleys. In the west of the Ardennes, you hike through fairytale forests, spot rattling steam engines, and explore limestone labyrinths.

The Tours in this Collection will also quench your thirst for culture and history. The varied trails lead to well-preserved castles and majestic palaces. In the world-famous book village of Redu, you can browse to your heart’s content in more than 20 antique bookshops. The nature and scenery for which this region is known are also included.

These Tours are a great taster of the region to whet your appetite for the Transardennaise, GR56, or the Way of St. James, long-distance hiking trails through the region. You could also consider the long-distance trail to the three Trappist abbeys in Chimay, Rochefort, and Orval. Either way, we look forward to taking you into the unique world of the Belgian Ardennes. We know from experience that nobody leaves disappointed.

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    Intermediate
    03:12
    5.97 mi
    1.9 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Villers-la-Ville is a pretty little town in Wallonia in Belgium, best known for its impressive abbey ruins. Magical forests, lush meadows and idyllic wetlands stretch all around - a hike that is good for the soul awaits you.You start right at the gates of the abbey - it was once one of the largest in the Christian world. Take …

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    7.82 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike you will explore the plant sea of the High Vens via picturesque wooden walkways and overlook the unique prairie landscape from the highest point in Belgium.Your tour starts at the "Signal de Botrange", a 24 meter tower with a fantastic view over the Venn. From there you follow wide wooden walkways into the vastness of the seemingly endless high fens - a moor area with diverse vegetation.

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  • Intermediate
    03:51
    7.10 mi
    1.8 mph
    750 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike you follow the ever-winding river course of the Hoëgne, which develops from a small trickle to a wildly romantic rushing river.You start on the beautiful Promenade de la Hoëgne and have already arrived in the middle of nature. The Hoëgne meanders through rock-lined banks and keeps flowing through the rock like a waterfall. At the small …

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    9.64 mi
    2.0 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Battle of Waterloo, which should be the last one that Napoleon led, we all know from our history books. It is brought back to life on this hike from Braine-l’Alleud to Genappe and from Plancenoit to Mont-Saint-Jean.While you can already see the famous Lion's Hill at the beginning of the tour, you will first turn your back on …

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  • Difficult
    04:32
    9.70 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Near the ancient-looking village of Nonceveux, the Amel River has washed deep into the rock and drawn a narrow valley. Rushing torrents like the Ninglinspo and Chefna are waiting to be discovered by you.The magic of the wild Ninglinspo catches you on your first steps. The path winds again and again to follow the rushing torrent. Small waterfalls and numerous wooden bridges make the fairytale atmosphere perfect. The narrow path now rises slowly and takes you to mystical pools.

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    10.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Not only if you are interested in history, you will like this tour through the wonderful landscape of Bastogne. Terrible history was written around nephew, Bizory and the other villages in the region around the winter of 1944, which you can explore along these paths. By the way, you enjoy the unique charm of the city of universal fraternity and its surroundings.

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    8.75 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this wonderful hike, which leads you deep into the valley of the Warche, you can enjoy unique views of torrents, steep rocks and - as a special highlight - a medieval castle.Your tour starts in the tranquil Xhoffraix. Large, perfectly cut hedges protect the small town from the harsh weather conditions, while torrents plunge dramatically from the plateau. …

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  • Intermediate
    04:28
    9.49 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The devil's bed and a gate into the earth lie in the middle of the Belgian Ardennes. The legendary hike takes you into mystical forests and tranquil villages.Your tour starts in Wéris - one of the most beautiful villages in Wallonia. Wide dirt roads take you to the legendary stone "Lit du Diable", the bed of the devil. The …

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  • Difficult
    05:07
    9.68 mi
    1.9 mph
    800 ft
    850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Mysterious nature and loneliness in one of the wildest areas of Belgium await you on this hike along the idyllic reservoir of Nisramont.You start your adventurous hike at the Barrage de Nisramont - a dam that has been damaging the Ourthe River for over 60 years. A rocky path takes you to the top and gives you the most …

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    8.43 mi
    1.9 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lesse ripples softly through fairytale forests, while you follow its course on a large part of this tour through the natural Ardennes.You start your hike in the world-famous Book Village Redu. If one were to line up all the shelves of the village's over 20 antiquarian bookshops, the result would be a distance of six kilometers. Your hike …

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    12.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Endless appearing fairytale forests and lush greenery characterize this tour through the valley of the Masblette - an ode to the wilderness.In the north of Saint-Hubert, your tour begins in the adventurous landscape of the Ardennes. After just a few kilometers you will find the La Transardennaise long-distance hiking trail - a varied route that takes you over 160 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    8.53 mi
    2.6 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Ardennes are characterized by their magical rivers that wind through the landscape. With the Semois you get to know another of these rivers, which has created a picturesque backdrop around Bouillon.Your tour starts at Bellevue de Botassart with a real highlight. The panoramic view is a great preview of the truly fabulous landscape that you will experience over …

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  • Difficult
    03:20
    6.99 mi
    2.1 mph
    800 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Pure nature awaits you on this tour along the turns of the Semois and through rugged, moss-covered rocks. An ideal place for wildlife encounters far from civilization.The romantic place Rochehaut is the starting point of your tour. No sooner have you left the typical stone-decorated houses behind you than you go down to the banks of the Semois. The …

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    11.9 mi
    2.8 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Wallonia is famous for its majestic castles and ancient villages. On this tour you hike through the valley of the Lesse and some of the most beautiful places that can only be surpassed by a truly fairytale castle.The starting point of your hike is one of the most beautiful villages in Wallonia: Celles. You walk along wide dirt roads …

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    9.72 mi
    1.9 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At Nismes, in the western part of the Ardennes, a special landscape is waiting to be discovered by you - a limestone plateau that enchants with Mediterranean flair and impressively shaped gorges. With a little luck, you can even see a rattling steam train.It starts in the medieval-looking Nismes in southern Belgium. After a country road with little traffic …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    136 mi
  • Duration
    64:46 h
  • Elevation
    13,650 ft

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