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Mountain bike route

The Houffalize mountain bike circuit | Cycling routes in Wallonia

The Houffalize mountain bike circuit | Cycling routes in Wallonia
© Pierre Pauquay
Difficulty: difficult
22 km
3 h
Locality: Houffalize
Province : Luxembourg

Starting from Houffalize, and following the meandering Ourthe river, this circuit includes technical paths and rapid descents on its way through the Ardennes.

Shortly after leaving Houffalize we hit the first climb: the scene is set for the miles of pure mountain biking ahead. At the top, a superb descent towards the eastern section of the Ourthe is laid out before you.

Once down, we follow the N860 road on a cantilevered path, tricky to negotiate on account of its narrowness. Suddenly this starts a rapid climb. The path of this demanding circuit now takes on seemingly endless hills and depressions.

At the Rensiwez bridge, the itinerary heads up the stream on the opposite bank. We slip silently through a shady forest before leaving it on a very beautiful track. Here the steep path skirts blocks of rock. Behind, the landscape is stunning.


After Achouffe, the trail eases off somewhat. A nice last descent brings us back to Houffalize, tucked into its meander of the River Ourthe. Suckers for punishment might like to follow that up with a tour of the very testing Black Track used in the mountain bike World Cup – a 4-km circuit that made Houffalize’s reputation.

Good to know!


The mountain biking event of the year! Roc d’Ardenne, one of the biggest mountain bike festivals in Belgium!

In Houffalize, from 29 April to 1 May 2016.


In practice


Route surface

Difficult paths and tracks.

Bicycle type

Mountain bike.

Difficulty

A physically challenging ride, with 560 metres  of altitude changes over 22 km! A circuit suited only to fi t, experienced mountain bikers!

Children
Around 15 years old, if very experienced!

Start

45 Place Janvier in Houffalize.

Signposting
Follow the VTT signs for circuit No.6 (green triangles and round discs).

Parking

Two free car parks nearby: Place de l’Église and Route de La Roche.

Difficulty: difficult
Length of the trail: 22 km.
Duration: 3 heures.

Information

MAISON DU TOURISME DU PAYS D'HOUFFALIZE-LA ROCHE (LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE)

At the heart of the Ardennes, the Berthe phantom rules over the ruins of the medieval castle of La Roche...
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Address:
Place du Marché 15
6980 LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE
Tel.+32 (0) 84 36 77 36



PLUSTourist information on the town HOUFFALIZE