Walker's Guide to Wallonia : The Belgian Ardennes

There is, whichever part of the region you choose, a real sense of freedom, of constant amazement at such a variety of landscapes. Wallonia has often been described as a real paradise for walks and hikes lovers. 

No wonder: in the South, the Belgian Ardennes roll out an undulating carpet of high plains and deep valleys, magical forests and fairy tale like streams. Go west and you can explore wide open space, speckled with the sweetest villages you can imagine.

Go on. Wallonia is calling. Don’t forget your camera!

With varied landscapes, intriguing culture and rich heritage, Wallonia offers something for everyone

In the downloadable brochure above, 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.

The Highest Point in Belgium

"Mysterious oak forest and peacful river valleys are just waiting to be explored"

Around the Auberge 'La Baraque Michel' in the High Fens.

Varied landscape: Trails though the vast High Fens nature reserve feature an array of scenic habitats, including forest, river valleys and wetland bogs.

Fabulous Views in the Ardennes

"The route takes you to magnificent viewpoints... lying at the extremity of a classic Semois meander"

Escape the ridges of Frahan.

The panoramic viewpoint at Frahan is really spectacular and one of the best views in the country so don't forget your camera! The little houses with slate roofs and the 18th-century church give the village a special atmosphere.

Two Castles Steed in History

"Breath-taking vistas over the undeulating forest landscapes can be had from the chateau's vantage points"

Vêves Chateau and Walzin Chateau.

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. 

Forest and Lakes

"Natural beauty combined with an interactive discovery space on the edge of Virelles ponds"

At the stunning Lake Virelles.

The nature reserve around Lake Virelles is the starting point for this hike through the Forest of Blaimont. The family-friendly circuit takes you into a natural landscape away from noise and bustle. The nearby town of Chimay, with its historic centre and magnificent castle, is also open to visitors.

Through Hills and Valleys

"Alternative between hills and valleys, forests, wide open spaces and cultural curiuosities, this is an especially interesting ramble"

A walk at Villers Abbey.

This well sign-posted walk enables you to discover the cultured landscape of Brabant and the surroundings of the ancient Cistercian abbey of Villers-la-Ville. Alternating between hills and valleys, forests, wide open spaces and cultural curiosities, this is an especially interesting ramble.

Taking the Long Way Round

Wallonia has several long-distance routes, which show off some the finest facets of the region. Here are two popular examples: The 'Transardenaise' route with yellow and white route marking signs that link two historic and beautiful towns, while the 'Trappist Abbeys Grand Randonnés (GR)' route, with white and red waymarked signs, connects three abbeys renowned for their delicious world-class Trappist ales.

La Transardenaise 

This 160 km itinerary going is the first long hike going through the Ardenne Going from La-Roche-en-Ardenne to Bouillon, it is considered one of the most beautiful walks in Belgium.

Through hills, valleys and Belgium's 'book village'

Discover the beauty of Ardenne. The Lesse, Ourthe, Semois valleys, the Belgian part of the Luxembourg region offer breath-taking landscapes, with fantastic gourmet stops, should you want to try some terroir specialities.

Abbey to Abbey, Brew to Brew

This 290km (180 miles) Long Distance Hiking Trail (GR) takes you from abbey to abbey, to discover the legendary Trappist beers of Chimay, Rochefort and Orval.

The 'Trappist Abbeys Grand Randonnés (GR)'

The trail connects the three Trappist Abbeys of Wallonia, divided into two sections:

  •  ORVAL - ROCHEFORT (116 km)
  •  ROCHEFORT - CHIMAY (174 km)