Interested in combining cycling with tourism in Wallonia? Dive into the culture, nature and local regional produce of the South of Belgium, thanks to our themed itineraries.
Heritage, history and architecture
The UNESCO route
This 440 km cycling route takes you on a tour of Wallonia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, in ten stages, from the cathedral city of Tournai to the famous coal mine at Blegny.
The Napoléon trail
This route follows the Napoléon trail in Wallonia for 94 km, from Beaumont to Waterloo via Thuin, Charleroi, Fleurus, Ligny.
The cycle path follows in the Emperor's footsteps as he headed for his historic confrontation with the Duke of Wellington and his Prussian allies.
The "Waterloo 1815" route
This short (14km) itinerary takes you on a tour of the sights on and around the Waterloo battlefield, visiting the towns and villages of Braine-l’Alleud, Lasne, Genappe and Waterloo.
A map is available from the Waterloo tourist office.
The Grouchy trail
This route traces the retreat of French Marshall Grouchy and his army after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, and his own hollow victory over the Prussians at Wavre. ‘La Route Armée Grouchy à Vélo’ goes from Wavre to Givet (in France) via Namur and various places linked to this story, as well as other historic, cultural and natural attractions.
The Bavay-Tongrès Roman Road
This ancient 145 km route is packed with historic and archaeological heritage. It’s possible to ride along a section of it, on the 43.5km circuit called ‘De Gembloux à Ramillies’ created by Chemins du Rail.
A guidebook is available from www.cheminsdurail.be
See also www.viaeromanae.eu
La Route des Forêts
A circuit of 191 km in La Grande Forêt de Saint-Hubert in the Ardennes, suitable for both conventional bikes and electric bikes, with various departure points.
You can either travel independently, using a guidebook, or take a holiday package of several days with half-board accommodation, with or without baggage transfer services, organised by the specialist Ardennes trekking association La Maison de la Randonnée – GTA Belgium.
La Transardennaise (Mountain bike)
This 170 km mountain bike (VTT) trek across the southern Ardennes is perfect for all-terrain cyclists in search of nature and tranquillity. The route from La Roche-en-Ardenne to Bouillon can be navigated independently with a guidebook, or with a 2–4 day holiday package. Baggage transfer is optional.
NEW: the “Transardennaise Nord” route - 102 km between Malmedy and La Roche-en-Ardenne.
Ride through the Towns and Cities of Wallonia
The Belgian cycling association Pro Velo offers guided bike tours in Wallonia’s most attractive towns and cities, such as Mons, Liège and Namur – a fun and fascinating way to discover these historic places.
The tours usually range from 15-45 km and are accompanied by a guide who enhances your experience with commentary and anecdotes at various stopping points along the way.
Tastes, Flavours and Local produce
The Orval route
A great way to explore the lovely Gaume region in southern Wallonia, in several stages. This 78 km circuit crosses gently sloping plateaux called ‘cuestas’ and includes a few steep climbs, but the reward is unforgettable views over the surrounding countryside and the pretty valley of the River Semois. The highlight is a visit to Orval Abbey, home of the world-famous Trappist beer.
The Wine Route of Namur Country
Ride along unexpected paths to discover the wines of the Pays de Namur. This 159 km trail snakes passes through no fewer than 12 vineyards. From small producers to professionals, meet passionate people who work tirelessly to promote our regional products.
Ride off to discover the local heritage, the rural landscape and regional products, courtesy of “Accueil Champêtre” in Wallonia.
You can load details of the routes onto your GPS device for free.