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Hiking in Wallonia: the Old Village of Wéris

  • Walking or hiking

Wéris is rated among the most beautiful villages in Wallonia and a visit is well worth the effort, both for its well-preserved architecture and its attractive houses. This 7 km trail connects forests and fields t between the Famenne and the Ardennes, and provides lovely views over the rural landscape and Megalithic remains. You will also pass several slabs of rock imbued with legend, such as the ‘Haina Stone’ and the ‘Devil’s Bed’.

Route/Points of Interest

  • The walk starts off in the centre of Wéris village (S), near the Megalithic Museum (information panels on local walks). At the front, you’ll find parking spaces with a boar’s head engraved in stone.
  • A blue cross indicated the ‘Circuit des Pierres de Légends’ (Circuit of Legendary Stones’) which leads from the museum to the left and climbs up the Rue du Mont. This small lane takes you out of the village to a crossing.
  • The route carries on straight ahead, passes a crossroads and follows the blue cross signage. After several hundred metres the asphalt section comes to an end and continues across meadows on a rural track bordered by hedges.
  • At the edge of the forest, the route briefly cuts away from the track, climbing to the right on a path as far as the Megalithic monument ‘Pierre Haina’ (1) with a magnificent view (follow the red-white GR signage).
  • Once you’ve reached the high ground, take the path to the left to go back down as far as the mysterious ‘Lit de Diable’ (Devil’s Bed) (2) and the marked path.
  • At the next crossing, leave the main trail and follow the blue crosses.
  • The forest track soon reduces to a path, which leads across a clearing to a crossing at the heart of the forest. The central path takes you across the lovely mixed forest to a heath of heather and bushes.
  • Keep to the right following the blue crosses. You will arrive at a large crossing where you can take a short-cut (15 minutes, waymarked) to Wéris.
  • The main trail continues straight ahead on route No 10. Follow the blue crosses. At the crossing, take a right turn across hedged fields as far as the ‘Pays-Bathard’ chapel (3).
  • Following the trail towards the houses, you arrive at N841 (‘Route d’Érezée). The blue cross signs lead to the ‘Rue Pas-Bayard’.
  • After a few metres, you can continue on this trail and return to the Wéris church after about a kilometre along a secondary asphalt track, or choose a non-asphalt alternative.
  • This heads off to the left and follows the yellow cross signs and route No 2 (No 9 on the IGN map) on some small roads and paths to the centre of Wéris. It goes downhill, passes a crossing and return to the N841.
  • After crossing the road, it turns left and for a moment heads in the Barvaux direction. After a few metres, the trail turns right into a country road, still following the yellow crosses, to take you back to Wéris. 

Prepare your walk

Make sure you wear good hiking boots and comfortable walking shoes. Be careful if it has been raining: some of the walk downs can be slippery and tiring. A walking stick will also help for the way up.

Always take some snacks and water with you.

Author’s Tips

Allow enough time to discover all the curiosities and admire the dolmens on Route No 8 ‘Les Mégalithes’ (yellow cross No 1; 5km; mainly asphalt).

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

Difficulty

Easy

Length

Minimum distance7 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.