The Ardennes

Belgium

Holiday overview

Destination

Belgium


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 290 pp


Duration

2 nights


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A slow, scenic tour of beautiful Belgium. Enjoy the fine food, excellent produce, and unexpected vistas of Belgium on this self-guided tour.

Far from boring, Belgium is a fascinating country (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n08HNfaA4wM). This walk introduces you to a beautiful unspoilt part of Belgium. With its woodlands, rivers and rolling hills it is far removed from the bureaucratic image that is often associated with it.  Famed for its food and drink,  whether Ardenne ham, Purnalet de La Roche (a drink made from sloes), Borquin sausage, trout from the Haute Lesse or la Cuvée de la jonquille, a spiced beer,  the area is well known worldwide for its cuisine.

The itinerary takes you for 160 kms across the various valleys of the Ourthe, the Lhomme, the Lesse and the Semois.  You walk along the long distance footpath – The Transardennaise – which is very well waymarked on farm and forest tracks.  The walks can be easily adapted to suit each person – just ask.  Below is an idea of the cost involved for various options .

 

Price:

Per person based on 2 people sharing:

3 days / 2 nights: £290

4 days / 3 nights: £425

5 days /4 nights: £535

6 days / 5 nights: £615

7 days / 6 nights: £720

8 days / 7 nights: £840

9 days / 8 nights: £915

 

Included:

  • Accommodation on a dinner bed and breakfast basis each night in family run hotels.   For the 8 night option the final night in Bouillon is on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Luggage transportation (1 bag per person weighing no more than 15kg – additional bags can be paid for locally at 10 euro per day)
  • Route notes and maps
  • Discount card for the area
  • Transfer on final day to starting point if required.

 

Not Included:

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Insurance getting to/from holiday
  • Getting to La Roche

2, 3, 7 or 8 nights

 

Day 1:  La Roche en Ardenne – Arrival.

La Roche is a pretty town in the centre of the Ardennes with many shops specialising in local produce.  Spend time exploring the town before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2:  La Roche–en–Ardenne – Sprimont: 22.5 km

Take a gently descending path to Hives, La Vaux en Cens.   The route contines as you cross the River Ourthe in the direction of Roumont.

 

Day 3:  Sprimont – St-Hubert: 23 km

Climb towards Aviscourt, followed by a descent towards Lavacherie, a charming little village in the middle of the extensive Freyr forest. From Saint-Hubert transfer back to La Roche, or overnight in Saint-Hubert if doing the 8 nights version.

 

Day 4:  St-Hubert – Nassogne: 27 km

Magnificent walk throught the most beautiful woodlands of the Ardennes. After climbing the “Diglette”, arrive Fourneau St Michel, then Nassogne, of which the patron saint is none other than Saint Monon, of brewery fame!

 

Day 5: Nassogne – Mirwart : 18 km

From now on the Transardennaise takes on a gentler character – fields and meadows are your companions as far as Mirwart, reached via Awenne.

 

Day 6:  Mirwart – Daverdisse: 24 km

The path today twists and turns across the beautiful landscape formed by the valleys of the Marsau and the Hautre-Lesse, to the ‘village of the book’, Redu. Then you join the Vallée de la Lesse.

 

Day 7:  Daverdisse – Mon Idée: 27 km Daverdisse-Paliseul: 21,5 km

A changing landscape, a mixture of woodland and glades. The along the Our to the hamlet of Beth and so to Paliseul.

 

Day 8:  Mon Idée – Bouillon: 17 km Paliseul – Bouillon: 25.75 km

In the area of Mogimont, traverse a superb beech forest. After Sensenruth, come to the River Semois to Bouillon, former capital of the Duchy.  End of walking itinerary.

 

Transfer back to La Roche at the end of the day OR next morning if booking a supplementary night at Bouillon.

PRICE

From £290 per person based on two people sharing.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation on a dinner bed and breakfast basis each night in family run hotels.

 

INCLUDED:

Accommodation in good quality hotels dinner, bed and breakfast, luggage transfers, maps and route notes.

 

GETTING THERE:

La Roche en Ardenne can be accessed easily from Brussels. There are numerous low cost airlines flying into Brussels and also the Eurostar service is an option from the UK.

By train you can take Brussels-Arlon/Luxembourg train, alight at Marloie
and take a no. 15 bus to La Roche.

 

By train from Liège :
Take the Liège-Jemelle train, alight at Melreux and take a no. 13
bus to La Roche.

 

What to take:

Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sunblock/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit.

 

Insurance:

We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
Contact us now to book this walk or make an enquiry.