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Hybrid bicycle route

Cyruse, in the Rulles and Semois valleys | Cycling routes in Wallonia

Cyruse, in the Rulles and Semois valleys | Cycling routes in Wallonia
© MC Marchal MT Foret Anlier
Difficulty: Medium
43 km
4 h
Locality: Habay
Province : Luxembourg

This intersections network lets you discover the beautiful area that lies between the woodlands of the Forêt d’Anlier and the nearby Gaume region.

From the station at Marbehan the road quickly becomes mischievous, with a series of twists and turns and hills – but these are easily dealt with.

From Mortinsart to Nantimont, the Cyruse route takes us to Habay-la-Vieille, a pretty village close to Habay-la-Neuve. In passing the ponds, we are brushing with an old industry… This had its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries thanks to iron-ore mining and the forges of Habay-la-Neuve: the forge de la Trapperie, du Pont d’Oye, du Châtelet and de Bologne.

The forest provided abundant fuel for the forges in the form of charcoal, and the River Rulles supplied water power.This activity went into decline during the first half of the 19th century with the evolution of other techniques: steam engines replaced water power and coke supplanted charcoal.


Athus, Seraing and Longwy (in France) took over as centres of iron and steel production… On the return journey, a little before Nantimont, on the Plateau de Mageroy, you can see the remains of the Gallo-Roman Villa de Mageroy, a large farm occupied from the 1st to 4th century AD. We now arrive at Villers-sur-Semois, washed by the River Semois in its infancy. On the plain another river weaves its sinuous course, the Rulles. We join that a little after Ansart, before returning to Marbehan.

Good to know!


Discover the legends of the Ardennes by bike with tourist circuits in the series called “Cyclolégendes du Parc Naturel Haute-Sûre Forêt d’Anlier”.


In practice


Route surface

Small country lanes.

Bicycle type

Hybrid bicycle.

Difficulty

A pleasant ride of 43 km, with some small climbs, none too demanding. The Habay-la- Neuve section uses the same route there and back.

Children

Around 15 years old.

Start

From the railway station at Marbehan, follow the direction of point-noeud 3 at the bottom of the road past the carpark in Place de la Gare.

Signposting

Follow the intersections: 3, 1, 6, 5, 6, 1, 2, 4 and 3.

Parking
Spaces at Marbehan train station.

Difficulty: Medium
Length of the trail: 43 km.
Duration: 4 heures.

Information

MAISON DU TOURISME DU PAYS DE LA FORET D'ANLIER (NEUFCHATEAU)


Find out more
Address:
Grand Place 2
6840 NEUFCHATEAU
Tel.+32 (0) 61 21 80 05



PLUSTourist information on the town HABAY