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The Ardennes

Some ideas for a day out in the Ardennes, including short and longer walks, a few interesting museums to visit if it’s raining, and plenty of delightful Ardennes villages to explore

GR Sentiers has done a great job signing the GR footpaths

GR 571 Stage 5: Vielsalm to Gouvy

I reach the halfway point on the GR 571 long-distance path through the Ardennes. Yes, I did survive the cold night, and getting up early enabled me to experience the dawn chorus.

View over Coo from the top of the chair-lift

GR 571 Stage 3: Stoumont to Trois-Ponts

Stage 3 of the GR 571: more steep climbs, more snow, more great views, more fun! I come across plenty of reminders that this area was in the middle of a huge conflict during the Second World War, and experienced a wonderful climb with some great views from the top.

The GR571 follows the Chefna

GR 571 Stage 2: Aywaille to Stoumont

Stage 2 of the GR 571 featured steep ascents, great views, scary footbridges and some snow! And a lovely overnight stay at Maggie’s AirBnB in Stourmont.

GR571 Grand Fawe hills

GR 571 Stage 1: Comblain-au-Pont to Aywaille

I set off on the first stage of the GR 571 long-distance path in the Belgian Ardennes. I quickly get confused as to which path to take, but the diversion gave me great views. Oh, the temperature was below zero! Brrr!

Walking a GR long-distance footpath in Belgium

2016: The year of the long-distance footpath

Follow me over a few weekends as I walk the 165-km GR 571 long-distance footpath in the Belgian Ardennes. It’s just one of many long-distance paths that criss-cross Belgium. Will I complete it? Let’s find out.

Grupont

Masbourg: How Green is my Valley

A 15 km hike through the green valleys around Masbourg in the Ardennes. If you want some fresh air, wonderful views, cute cottages and a bit of solitude, this walk could be just what the doctor ordered!

Anliwer Forest

Walking in Anlier Forest

Anlier Forest in the south of Belgium is one of the country’s largest forests. Here are seven walking routes through Anlier Forest.

The hills are alive: La-Roche-en-Ardenne

Choosing where to walk in the Ardennes is not easy; there are so many wonderful areas to explore. But if you have never been to the Ardennes before, I would recommend La Roche-en-Ardenne. It’s an excellent place to start getting acquainted with this marvellous area of Belgium.

La Roche-en-Ardenne

One advantage of this location is that if you set off from Brussels in gorgeous weather and arrive in La Roche to find it pelting down with rain (which in the Ardennes is quite possible), then you can simply change your plan and visit one or more of the town’s museums: the Milling Museum, the Second World War Museum, the Pottery Museum, or even the Ardennes Ham Museum. The town also has a castle with a ghost, which conveniently appears every evening through the summer (although apparently not if it’s raining).Read More »The hills are alive: La-Roche-en-Ardenne