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Hybrid bicycle route

Into the Molignée valley | cycling routes in Wallonia

Into the Molignée valley | cycling routes in Wallonia
© FT Province de Namur
  • Departing from

    Place du Baillage
    5500 BOUVIGNES-SUR-MEUSE (DINANT)Belgium

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  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    Difficulty: easy
    45 km
    5 h
    Locality: Dinant
    Province : Namur

    Here’s one of the most beautiful RAVeL routes of the region. It also entails a veritable kaleidoscope of history, passing the ruins of fortresses to reach two famous abbeys.

    Here at Bouvignes, our starting point, the Middle Ages can be seen and felt. You can even hear horseshoes clip-clopping over the cobbles of the narrow streets that lead down to the Porte Chevalier (Knight’s Gate), while the Forteresse de Crèvecoeur casts its shadow over the centre.

    On the opposite bank of the River Meuse, near Houx, we can see the 15th-century ruins of the castle of Poilvache, one of a handful of castles considered to be a “Fortress of the State” (i.e. built by the state, rather than a local seigneur). A little after Anhée, we can swap our bikes for one of the draisines (railbikes), which run along the disused railway line in the Valley of the Molignée. Further on, back on the road, the ruins of Montaigle provide a magnificent picture of a medieval castle.


    Our outward journey ends at the Gare de Maredsous, a disused station, now a delightful “Bistrot de Terroir”, where one can savour delicious regional dishes. The return journey is easy, as the RAVeL now is on a downward incline.

    Good to know!


    “Draisines-Railbike de la Molignée” provide railbikes to explore the Valley of the Molignée on a disused railway, between Warnant and Maredsous (a 6 - 14 km route).


    In practice

    Route surface
    Asphalted RAVeL route, a dedicated cycle path. Along the River Molignée (after Anhée) the surface is excellent.

    Bicycle type
    Hybrid bike.

    Difficulty

    45 km in total, there and back (22 km to reach Maredsous from Bouvignes). No big difficulties to worry about. The optional extension leads to the two abbeys – the road begins just after the old railway station of Maredsous, now a “Bistrot de Terroir” (restaurant). It involves a climb, though.

    Children
    Around 15 years old.

    Start
    Cross the N96 at Bouvignes and pass under the railways, where you will find the RAVeL 2.

    Signposting
    Follow the RAVeL signs. Along the River Meuse, a little after the pont-barrage (bridge over a dam), take the RAVeL L150A along the River Molignée.

    Parking

    By Place du Baillage in Bouvignes, by the Maison du Patrimoine Médiéval Mosan (The Mosan Medieval Heritage Centre).

    Difficulty: easy
    Length of the trail: 45 km.
    Duration: 5 heures.

    Information

    The Dinant and Haute Meuse Tourist Office (DINANT)

    Welcome to the Valleys of Fortresses and Castles. The Dinant region invites you for romantic strolls along the River Meuse to the sound of the sax....
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    Address:
    Avenue Cadoux 8
    5500 DINANT
    Tel.+32 (0) 82 22 28 70


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