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Mountain bike route

The Sart countryside | cycling routes in Wallonia

The Sart countryside | cycling routes in Wallonia
© Pierre Pauquay
  • Departing from

    Place de Sart-lez-Spa
    4845 SART (JALHAY)Belgium

  • MAPS: Google Maps
  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    Difficulty: Medium
    23 km
    3 h
    Locality: Jalhay
    Province : Liège

    Numerous streams are born in the High Fens, creating valleys and canyons. The Sart-lez-Spa route travels through this beautiful setting.

    We start in the pretty square at the centre Sart-lez-Spa, with its perron, a column on a stepped plinth that served as a symbol of civic liberty when the village was ruled by the Principality of Liège. From the ridge, we hurtle down into the valley of the River Hogne. At the bottom, the river crossing at Royompré creates what must be one of the region’s most beautiful settings. We ford the river.

    The circuit now heads upstream, in the main. Here and there the hillside path has a steep drop-off; you might almost be in the Alps. To reach Solwaster we have to climb the hill on which the village is perched.


    Crossing the village we can see how the houses – built of blocks of sandstone and limestone, or half-timbered – are long-slung, with narrow windows and thick walls, bearing witness to the brutal weather that can grip this high plateau.

    From Maison Fagne the circuit follows the hills called the Hauteurs de Spa, passing close to the airfi eld at Malchamps via the Bois de Hartai. It’s an agreeable run, leading to Stockay at the bottom, where we cross the Wayai, a stream that fl ows into Spa further below. One last ford before we are back in Sart-lez-Spa.

    Good to know!


    Using the SityTour app, you can download for free the details of signposted cycle routes in the “Pays des Sources”. Once downloaded, the “randoguides” are accessible without a connection. The points of interest are triggered automatically and an audio-signal tells you if you have gone off-course.


    In practice

       
    Route surface

    Easy lanes and paths.

    Bicycle type
    Mountain bike

    Difficulty

    A 23 km circuit, very pleasant on the wide paths in the beautiful valley of the River Hogne. Nevertheless, it’s a hard climb up to Solwaster.

    Children
    Around 15 years old.

    Start
    From the central square of Sart-lez-Spa, head for Rue des Trois Fontaines and descend along beside the autoroute. 

    Signposting
    Follow the VTT signs for circuit No.12 (red triangles and round discs).

    Parking

    The central square of Sart-lez-Spa, beside the “perron” (column).

    Difficulty: Medium
    Length of the trail: 23 km.
    Duration: 3 heures.

    Information

    The Pays des Sources Tourist Office (SPA)

    The Pays des Sources region invites you to discover the most beautiful towns in the 'Blue Ardennes': Jalhay, Spa, Stavelot, Theux and Trois-Ponts....
    Find out more
    Address:
    Rue du Marché 1A
    4900 SPA
    Tel.+32 (0) 87 79 53 53



    PLUSTourist information on the town JALHAY