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Hiking in Wallonia: the Vêves and Walzin castles

  • Come and visit the Château de Celles-Vêves
  • Walking or hiking

This walk leaves the Château de Veves in the direction of the picturesque Lesse valley. It follows the road as far as the Château de Walzin, sitting high above the river. The limestone rocks alongside the Lesse make a charming contrast to the grey slate of the Ardennes. From the Château de Walzin the route climbs above the Chaleux rocks – popular with climbers – to the old village of Furfooz, before returning across fields to the departure point.

Route/Points of Interest

  • Near the Gendron-Celles station car park (S) turns left and take the N910 above the river Lesse.  
  • On the other side, at a small bend, follow the sign (blue triangle) downstream as far as Chaleux. You’ll find a bench in front of the ‘Roche à la Chandelle’ perfect for a short rest.
  • To continue the walk, you must cross the railway bridge behind Chaleux. Immediately after that, the path climbs sharply again to cross the bridge over the Lesse.
  • On the opposite bank, follow the blue triangles to the right and descend as far as the next railway bridge.
  • This short section is badly signposted and for 1 kilometre is frequently used by horse-riders, so it can get very muddy.
  • For a view of the Château de Walzin you have to cross the bridge and stop following the signage.
  • On the left bank, a white/red GR sign leads you to a fork. On the right bank you can see the limestone rocks with a number of caves.
  • The route goes down a lane as far as the water, with a wonderful view over the windmill and the Château de Walzin (1).
  • Then take the same path to return to the railway bridge and cross it again. The marking (blue triangles) then leads you to the left at an old forest house, towards Furfooz.
  • A forest track leads to high ground and a bench overlooking the ‘needles’ of Chaleux (panorama). An agricultural track then takes you to Furfooz (2).
  • At the crossing, continue straight ahead to the roundabout.
  • The signage changes at this point, and the route follows the yellow triangles (see the information panel at the centre of the village).
  • Level with a farm, the route swings right on a small asphalt path and climbs as far as a junction marked ‘Gratte Cul’.
  • Take the path to the left, pass a telephone post where the name ‘Vêves’ is painted in yellow.
  • At the next crossing, keep straight on (there’s a superb view over the towers of the Château de Noisy).
  • After arriving at the field, take the road that runs straight ahead between two hedges.
  • At the entrance to the wood, the route makes a big loop to the left and descends on the forest track, as far as a small path to the right which takes you to the Château de Vêves (3).
  • There, first follow the small path which drops down to the village, then the N910 and the signage (yellow triangle) to return towards Gendron.
  • After several hundred metres, the trail descends to the right towards a stream.
  • The marked route turns right on to a country road before emerging after several metres at a sunken path leading directly to the centre of the village of Gendron.
  • Beware: in wet weather by-pass the sunken path on the small asphalt road to avoid getting stuck in the mud.
  • In the village, take a right turn and climb the path as far as the next fork. There, the route turns right again and goes up across a meadow on a wide farm track.
  • Finally, it returns to the wood on a path (which can get muddy in damp conditions) before descending on a pretty road towards Gendron station, several times crossing the road which connects the village with the station.

Prepare your walk

Make sure you wear good hiking boots and comfortable walking shoes. A walking stick will also help. Please stay on the path: some of the fields along them are private property.

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

Author’s Tips

It’s possible to eat on the way at the cosy and stylish ‘l’Auberge de la Lesse’ at Gendron-Lesse station with a menu offering local produce. You can hire a kayak at Gendron and go down the Lesse. Or why not finish the day at one of the restaurants in nearby Celles, and visit the Roman church.

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 distance15.6 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.