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Hiking in Wallonia: the Pays de Stavelot

  • Walking or hiking

This varied circuit, well signposted, offers several memorable landscapes and a succession of beautiful panoramas. The 12 km trail, which follows the banks of the Amblève and the Warche, can be completed in 4h.

Practical information

Start: Abbey of Stavelot
Duration: 4h
Distance: 12 km

Discovering the Amblève valley

At the start or the end of the walk, don’t miss a visit to Stavelot Abbey, which contains the museum devoted to the history of the Stavelot-Malmedy principality, the museum of the Spa-Francorchamps motor racing circuit and the Guillaume Apollinaire museum. Archaeological remains of the 11th-century abbey church can be seen in the courtyard.

After leaving the abbey the route heads towards the Amblève, which rises in the peat bogs of the Hautes Fagnes and is impregnated with the history of Wallonia as a tributary of the Warche in the same way as the Salm and the Ourthe.

Above the Warche river and some old farms lies the imposing Warche Rock, hanging above the river and providing impressive views over the Amblève valley. 

If you spend a weekend in Warche and decide to take a short detour through the neighbouring village of Bellevaux, you can sample some tasty local beers in the brasserie.

A few tips for your walk

Please follow the green rectangle signs.

Make sure you wear good hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes

Always take some snacks and water with you. Please note there are benches along the way but no café or restaurant.

Local attractions

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

Minimum distance12 Km
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.