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Mountain bike route

The Hesbignonne | cycling routes in Wallonia

The Hesbignonne | cycling routes in Wallonia
© WBT-David Samyn
  • Departing from
    Musée «Les Maîtres du Feu»
    Rue de Bende 5
    4540 AMAYBelgium

  • MAPS: Google Maps
Difficulty: difficult
29 km
3 h
Locality: Amay
Province : Liège

In amongst the woodlands you’ll find wonderful examples of Walloon heritage, inviting you to stop and explore before grappling with the next stage.

We start at the museum called “Les Maîtres du Feu” (Masters of Fire), which presents the geological gifts of this region, and how they have been exploited over time by industry. The route climbs from the start. While the landscape undulates gently, fluctuating between 100m and 200m, this itinerary will take its toll.

At the edge of a wood we find the former Abbaye de la Paix-Dieu. Founded in 1240, the abbey was totally rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. Now the landscape becomes more open; fields take over from the little valleys.


This region is dotted with numerous fermes-châteaux: half farmhouse, half castle, they have a square ground plan, around a courtyard, for defensive purposes. Emerging from woodland, we come upon the Château de Jehay. Dating from the 16th century, and surrounded by a moat, its unique architecture makes this one of Europe’s most remarkable châteaux.

We now hurtle off towards another gem: the Abbaye de Flône. It heralds the historic centre of Amay, and its prestigious Collegiate Church (Collégiale), dating from the 11th century.

Good to know!


The bicycle museum (Musée Vivant du Cycle) at “Les Maîtres du Feu” museum (see above) has a collection of more than 280 bikes, dating from 1830 to the present. Unmissable!


In practice


Route surface

Small country roads and paths.

Bicycle type
Mountain bikes.

Difficulty

A pleasant 29 km ride, but with substantial changes in altitude totalling some 450m.

Children
Around 15 years old.

Start
From the “Les Maîtres du Feu” museum, Rue de Bende, 5 - 4540 Ampsin (Amay). Follow the road up the hill.

Signposting
Follow the VTT circuit signs (red triangles and round discs).

Parking
At the “Les Maîtres du Feu” museum.

Difficulty: difficult
Length of the trail: 29 km.
Duration: 3 heures.

Information

MAISON DU TOURISME HESBAYE-MEUSE (AMAY)

Come and discover a welcoming region, a rich cultural and natural heritage, unknown landscapes, a living memory, savours of local products......
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Address:
Rue Paix-Dieu 1b
4540 AMAY
Tel.+32 (0) 85 21 21 71



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