A picturesque 18 km circular hike starting and ending at the Gendron-Celles railway station and taking in the villages of Furfooz and Celles.
This is a classic Belgian Ardennes walk. It’s got everything that makes hiking in the Ardennes such a superb experience. A picturesque river, dense forests, outstanding hill views, pretty little villages, wonderful nature, peace, and solitude.
It’s a circular walk that starts and ends at the railway station of Gendron-Celles. Below is the map of the route which you can save/print as you see fit. You can get the GPX track for your device from my RouteYou page. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code on the top-right of the map below. This will activate the route on your smartphone. If you have already installed the RouteYou app on your smartphone, your device will detect it and open the route in the app. Otherwise, the map will open in your smartphone browser. Either way, once the route opens, you can click on “START” and you can follow the route in navigation mode.
As the walks starts from the train station, it’s accessible by public transport. By car there’s plenty of parking space along the N910 next to the station or outside the Auberge de la Lesse.
It’s a beautiful walk, firstly along the River Lesse and then into the forests and through the villages of Furfooz, Celles, Lavis and Gendron. There’s plenty to see along the way, and you can take some deviations into the villages or to get closer to the Château de Vêves which is built on a rocky outcrop.
You will also see from the map that it’s possible to take some shortcuts if18k is a bit too long for you. For example, halfway along you could go into Vêves and down to Gendron and then back to the station.
More highly recommended walks in Namur province include the following:
- The Millennium Tower and La Fange de l’Abîme nature reserve
- The Sclaigneaux Nature Reserve along the northern bank of the Meuse River
- Walking around the Castle of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne
- The Forêt du Pays de Chimay
- A hike around Viroinval
- An adventurous hike through the Hermeton valley
Let me know how you get on. Any questions: drop me a line or leave a comment below. And as always, if you want to get new walking ideas into your inbox, add your email below. Thanks. Denzil
Fabulous photos, Denzil, especially that opener!
A window of opportunity. (i.e. the sun was shining).
How lovely! The autumn leaves are so colorful. It’s picturesque.
Thanks Jamie, it’s been a good autumn for color, although a bit more sunshine would have been appreciated!
Love your photos and walks. Hopefully will visit in 2022.
Hope you bring a bit of your Spanish sunshine with you!
Will try! Definitely more light here!
Lovely Denzil. The opening photograph is perfection.
Looks like a perfect autumn day, beautiful foliage and a storybook castle, hard to beat.
What a beautiful walk. It would take us all day, because we’d be stopping all the time to take photos.
Sounds wonderful Denzil. I enjoyed the great variety of photos you’ve included.
All looks so familiar. Our kind of autumn,
wow what a splendid walk – we’d have to take one of the shortcuts. Not because 18km is too far for us, but we stop so frequently for bird life we can never really do more than 11km!!
Yes, sometimes I have to just steel myself and keep walking rather than stopping. Otherwise I’d never reach my destination before it goes dark!
One of the best hikes I did in Belgium so far.
That’s good to hear André!