- 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.
Start: Abbey of Stavelot
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.
- The abbey itself is well worth a visit: it is home to the Musée Historique de la Principauté de Stavelot-Malmedy, the Musée du Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the Musée Guillaume Apollinaire.
- Make sure to try the local dishes and terroir specialities - they're gorgeous!
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