The hills of Chaudfontaine circuit | cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
RAVel, à côté du complexe sportif
Rue de la Vesdre 5
4051 VAUX-SOUS-CHEVREMONT (CHAUDFONTAINE)
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Province : Liège
The circuit tours the surrounding hills, offering fi ne views over a landscape of hedged farmland and pasture, on the fringes of the Pays de Herve.
After leaving the River Vesdre at Vaux-sous- Chèvremont, we take the RAVeL, which follows the path of the disused railway Line 38. During the 19th century this carried coal from Fléron to Germany, and metals from Plombières to the industries in the Meuse basin.
Today one can glide along this route in complete peace: nature has reclaimed its rights. When we leave the greenway after the Terril de Basse-Ransy (terril is the French for slag heap), the hedged farmland of the Pays de Herve comes into view, and we enter it after passing the pretty Chapelle Sainte-Anne.
Built in 1889, it commemorates the deaths of five soldiers from Brittany, killed near there in 1794, during the occupation of Belgium by the French Revolutionary Army. The route skirts Romsée. Near Chaumont the view takes in the whole valley of the River Vesdre.
Passing from hamlet to hamlet, we negotiate the hills of Chaudfontaine, passing Haras de la Rochette. There’s a fi ne descent to the river, which then serves as our guiding thread to lead us back to Vaux-sous- Chèvremont, via the Parc de Hauster, home to some remarkable trees.
Good to know!
A bike repair workshop in Chaudfontaine called Eco-Calidifourchon made cycling history in 2013 when it built the world’s tallest rideable bike: 6.3m high, it was ridden for 110m in Liège.
RAVeL, small roads and paths.
An 18 km circuit. The hills begin gently with the RAVeL, and end with a small road passable by motor vehicles. Sustained descent to the River Vesdre.
Around 15 years old, if experienced.
From the sports complex (complexe sportif) at Vaux-sous-Chèvremont, cross the bridge over the River Vesdre. Turn immediately left to join the RAVeL, at the roundabout.
Follow the VTT signs (green triangles and round discs).
Spaces at the complexe sportif, Rue de la Vesdre, 14 - 4051 Vaux-sous-Chèvremont.
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