Mountain bike around the pearl of the Ardennes | cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
Rue de la Gare
6980 LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE
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Province : Luxembourg
This beautiful itinerary around La Roche-en- Ardenne plays leap-frog with its surrounding hills. It’s almost like a mountain circuit - and is best tackled by experienced mountain bikers.
The start provides a good warm-up, along the road that follows the River Ourthe to the foot of the hill to Cielle – and an opportunity to explore this steep-sided valley. A right-hand turn, and the difficulties ahead are heralded by the view of the road that twists its way up to Cielle.
A little before the village, we turn off into the forest to begin a fairly fast and technical stretch leading to a ford. And now we are at the foot of a long climb, through the Grand Bois de La Roche-en-Ardenne, which will stop only at the top, at the summit of the famous Col de la Haussire.
The return journey is a very rapid descent following a stony – and fairly bone-shaking – track; prudence pays.
After more than three kilometres of breathtaking descent, there is La Roche-en-Ardenne again, nestled in the valley of the River Ourthe. Here, in the Parc en Rompré, we can admire the magnificent stone sculptures set out alongside the river.
Good to know!
The Col de la Haussire (Haussire pass) is notorious as the longest and hardest climb in Belgium.
Don’t miss the monument to the great Belgian road cyclist Claudy Criquielion, whose name is attached to the famous annual cyclosportive Vélomédiane event held on the last Saturday of August.
Minor roads, stony tracks and dirt tracks.
15 km. This tough circuit climbs up to the Col de la Haussire, calling for altitude gains of some 463m!
Around 15 years old, if experienced.
At Quai de l’Ourthe in La Roche-en-Ardenne, cross the bridge over the River Ourthe, heading to Hotton. Coming off the bridge, turn right into Rue de la Gare.
Follow the VTT signs for circuit No.2 (blue triangles and round discs).
Spaces on Quai de l'Ourthe in La Roche-en-Ardenne.
At the heart of the Ardennes, the Berthe phantom rules over the ruins of the medieval castle of La Roche...
Tourist information on the town LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE