Wallonia is one of biking’s best kept secrets. Explore this hidden treasure on 1300km of great routes.
Wallonia is home to the Spa-Francorchamps race circuit, classic racing at Gedinne, famous World War II landmarks like Bastogne, and the Belgian Ardennes. Expect to eat delicious potato tartiflette, Trappist beer, and copious amounts of chips and mayonnaise – the Belgian fast food of choice. Find chips at any local friterie – the equivalent of a British fish’n’chip shop.
Visit between June and September for fantastic weather. October is for risk-takers: the whole area turns into a leafy golden spectacle, but there’s a higher chance of rain. Good weather for the weekend? The region’s only a short hop across the Channel with Eurotunnel. From there it’s only a 90-minute ride to Tournai at Wallonia’s western edge. With this fast crossing you could be cruising along Ardennes river valleys within four hours.
Tournai to Chimay
What to see? Chimay’s famous Trappist monastery, and Hitler’s Battle of France bunker which you’ll find at Bruly-de-Pesche
Where to ride? The steep cambers of the N589 between Baileux and Cul-des-Sarts, and the Beloeil Chateau seen from Chemin Du Major
Tournai to Spa-Francorchamps
Riding to Spa
What to see? Diverse classic bikes at the Mahymobiles Museum, and the Ronquieres canal boat escalator
Where to ride? Cobbled switchbacks on Namur’s citadel road, and the racetrack-smooth N66 just west of Stavelot
Chimay to Chimay
Explore the Ardennes
What to see? The beautiful Meuse and Semois valleys from hillside viewpoints, and the Gaume Jazz Festival in August
Where to ride? Nassogne’s N889 blasts through quiet woodland, while the the Semois valley provides calm riding
Eben-Emael to Bastogne
What to see? Eben-Emael, the Belgian fortress that was defeated in a single day, and the Royal King Tiger at La Gleize
Where to ride? The squirrelling N89 to La Roche-en-Ardenne, and the fast N62 between St Vith and Luxembourg’s border
Charleroi to Arlon
Roads and road races
What to see? Supermoto racing at Mettet in October, and Dinant – the home of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax
Where to ride? The public roads that make up Gedinne’s circuit, and the stormin’ N88 just south of Orval Abbey
Biker's Guide to Wallonia