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Hiking in Wallonia: the Statte Valley (Hautes Fagnes)

  • Walking or hiking

This hike along the Haute Fagnes is the opportunity to explore a valley sculpted by a sweet river, the Statte. Walkers will enjoy picturesque farms, little bridges, fields, villages along the way, as well as a spectacular view from the Rocher de Bilisse.

 

Start: Solwaster church
Level: difficult
Duration: 3 h
Distance: 9 km

Exploring the Hautes Fagnes

1. At the start of the trail, some magnificent old farms catch the eye with their small windows and thick walls typical of a region famed for its harsh climate. After a few minutes you reach la Statte, a wild little river which will lead you to the Rocher de Bilisse, a rock wall nearly 50 metres high at the heart of the forest.

2. The Nûtons waterfall, a little higher, is particularly impressive after heavy rain. Further on, the trail leads to a field of rocks from the last Ice Age and to the Solwaster Dolmen. A little later, you will leave the shade of the forest and ravines to return to the daylight of the Solwaster heights. The view will then extend over the fields and hedges of the village before you return to your departure point.

Route/Points of Interest

  • After leaving Solwaster parish church (S), follow the blue rectangles eastward. At the junction, carry straight ahead following the wooden sign marked ‘La Statte’.
  • Once you get to the car park and rest area (Chafour), make a right turn and follow the little path uphill crossing rocks and small bridges in the Rônfahai forest.
  • The trail continues to Rocher de Bilisse with a beautiful clearing at the foot of the rock wall.
  • The stony path then guides you to the Nûtons waterfall (1) and a little further on a small stone bridge and a minor road.
  • This runs directly along the left side of the river until the trail forks to the right, leading to a stony field (2), the relic of a landslide dating from the last Ice Age.
  • Just beyond this the path turns right again and becomes a small track.
  • Keep right, cross the renovated bridge and continue straight ahead for a good 100 metres up to the first junction.
  • Now keep left and follow the forest track as far as the next junction (Cabane des Nûtons). To the left, the path leads to the Bilisse Rock (3) with its fine viewpoint.
  • Follow a steep path equipped with wooden ramps that leads you down directly towards Statte.
  • At the bottom, first take a right turn, followed by a left turn a little later before finally crossing a small watercourse.
  • The winding path climbs up to the Solwaster dolmen (4). Even though this great, table-shaped rock is not really the main block of a Megalithic tomb, this mystical place fires the imagination.
  • The trail continues across woodland to the highest point overlooking the village, with a stunning view over the fields and forests of Solwaster.
  • From there, the second road to the right leads to the church.

Advice: if you want, you can extend the trail by six kilometres to make numerous other discoveries. To do so:

  • Follow the signs (yellow rectangles) from the church towards the north and walk for some time along the Sawe, another river that flows into the Statte.
  • If you know when you set off that you will be walking more than the proposed 9 kilometres, you can start the trail by following the yellow rectangle waymarks as far as the Chafour car park near the Statte.
  • Ignore the second version of the yellow rectangles.
  • After the parking area, follow the trail previous described (blue rectangles).

Prepare your walk

Make sure you wear good hiking boots and comfortable walking shoes. A walking stick will also help. Be careful on the bridges, steep passages and rocks when it has been raining or snowing.

Always take some snacks and water with you. Please note there is no café nor restaurant along the trail.

In the region

Make sure to make a detour via the village of Limbourg, as much for its enchanting atmosphere than its local gastronomy.

In the downloadable brochure below, we have selected one of the best walks per province: natural gems, family friendly paths, memorable views along the way, trails sprinkled with history… One even will introduce you to the iconic abbey beers.

A walker's guide to Wallonia

If you were to draw a straight line on an atlas northward from the Massif Central in France to the North Pole, the only area of high ground the line crosses is the Ardennes, shared between Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany – but mainly belonging to Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium!

Information on the walk

Length

Maximum distance9 Km

Duration

Maximum duration3:00
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.