Wallonia has a number of cycle routes linked to each other by intersections, known locally as points-noeuds. Already well known in the Netherlands and Flanders, Wallonia is developing the intersecting network fast.
‘Points-noeuds’ help cyclists create an itinerary to suit themselves, according to their capabilities. A simple system of numbers and signposts at each intersection makes the different routes easy to follow. It also allows cyclists to alter their itinerary at the midway point, just as the fancy takes them. Discover themed routes that lead from one intersection to another.
The Intersection Network in Wallonie Picarde
Two Natural Parks and 1600km of points-noeuds itineraries await you and your bicycle in Wallonie Picarde, in western Wallonia – the biggest cycling network in the region.
Two maps cover the complete network: one for the region of Ath–Silly–Enghien and the Natural Park of Pays des Collines; another for the region of Tournai–Mouscron and the Natural Park of Plaines de l’Escaut.
The Intersection Network in the Pays de Famenne
‘Famenne by Bike’ covers six municipalities in the Pays de Famenne region (Durbuy, Hotton, Marche-en-Famenne, Nassogne, Rochefort and Somme-Leuze) and straddles two provinces (Namur and the Walloon province of Luxembourg). It’s a network of 350km of cycle paths with signposted ‘point-noeuds’ (intersecting routes) in central Wallonia, comprising sections of the RAVeL routes, country roads and lanes, and surfaced paths through woodland.
‘Famenne by Bike’ also has four themed circuits: “La Dorsale Famennoise” (the Famenne Ridge), from Houet to Bomal; “Les Crêtes” (the Hillcrests) for sports-cyclists; “Les Mégalithes”, a historic circuit; and “La Vallée de la Lesse”, in the valley of the River Lesse, with numerous attractions for all the family.
The ‘Hautes-Fagnes Eifel’ Intersection Network in the East Cantons
The exceptionally beautiful East Cantons area contains 850km of cycle paths, suitable for sports cyclists and recreational peddlers alike. The Hautes-Fagnes Eifel network has 17 themed itineraries:
- The River Our circuit (Le Circuit de l’Our)
- The Lake and Forest circuit (“Lac et Forêt”)
- The Manderfeld circuit
- The Pays de St-Vith circuit
- The Mills of the River Our (Le Circuit des Moulins de l’Our)
- The Fagnes (fens) circuit
- The River Warche circuit (Le Circuit de la Warche)
- The Energy Circuit (Le Circuit de l’Energie) – hydro, solar and wind power
- Woodlands and Hedgerows (Paysage Bocager)
- The Tour of the Lac de la Gileppe
- The marshland route (La Route des Marais)
- The Vennbahn circuit
- The descent from Eupen towards the Fagnes (La Descente d’Eupen vers les Fagnes)
- Tour of the Lac d’Eupen
- The Eupen circuit (Le Circuit du pays d’Eupen)
- Following the River Gueule (Le Circuit “Au Fil de la Gueule”)
- The Drinking Water circuit (Le Circuit de l’Eau Potable).
The ‘1000 kilometres by Bike’ Intersection Network in the Pays de Chimay and Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse
The ‘1000 bornes à vélo’ network in south-west Wallonia, signposted for 350km but with more signage to come, has been specially built for hybrid or all-purpose bikes. It follows secure cycle paths and quiet roads, such as RAVeL routes and peaceful lanes through countryside and woodlands. It’s a good way to discover this green, well preserved and authentic part of Wallonia – a perfect setting for outdoor leisure activities.
The route will eventually cover more than 650km, embracing the municipalities of Beaumont, Chimay, Froidchapelle, Momignies, Sivry-Rance, Cerfontaine, Philippeville, Gerpinnes and Walcourt.
The ‘Montagne Saint-Pierre’ Intersection Network in the Basse-Meuse Region
The Montagne Saint-Pierre is a hill between the Rivers Geer and Meuse, between Liège and Maastricht, on the border between Wallonia, Flanders and the Netherlands. The network, covering 80km, takes you back and forth over the borders to Maastricht, Riemst, Eijsden, Bassenge, Oupeye and Visé.
The Cyruse Intersection Network in the Rulles and Semois valleys
Forty three kilometres of interlinked circuits and points-noeuds, with quiet roads and cycle paths leading into the heart of the beautiful Gaume countryside around Habay, Tintigny and Etalle.