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Mountain bike route

The Rabais valley, in Gaume's countryside | Cycling routes in Wallonia

The Rabais valley, in Gaume's countryside | Cycling routes in Wallonia
© A. Reuter-MT Gaume
  • Departing from
    -
    Centre sportif de la Vallée de Rabais
    6760 VIRTONBelgium

  • MAPS: Google Maps
Difficulty: Medium
16 km
2 h
Locality: Virton
Province : Luxembourg

Take a mountain bike into one of the most beautiful forests in Wallonia: the forest of Virton.

The sun’s reflection on the lake and the little chalets dotted about in the shade of the woods give the Vallée de Rabais a holiday feel.

From the start this circuit plunges us into woodland. For its entire 15-km length, we are enveloped by its damp, leafy, fairytale mood. At first we are in a managed section of high forest, where tree species of various ages co-exist.

On these winding paths we can admire the shapes thrown by the beech trees and the resulting plays of light. This type of forest is also very resistant to wind, and thinning prevents the accumulation of too much snow on the branches.


Leaving the high forest, the route twists and turns to reach Croix Rouge and its holed rock called the “Trou des Fées” (Fairy Caves), part of a limestone formation of strange shapes. From the crossroads we descend into the Vallée de Rabais, where the 1.5 km “Sentier des Songes” (Path of Dreams) begins, an unusual artistic trail which you can follow by bike.

Good to know!


Here’s a tempting challenge for beer-loving cyclists: the 78 km “La Boucle de l’Orval” (The Orval circuit) crosses the Gaume region, with a visit to the Abbaye d’Orval to sample its famous Trappist beer.


In practice


Route surface
Paths, forest roads and asphalt roads.

Bicycle type
Mountain bike.

Difficulty

A trail full of climbs, some quite difficult among the undergrowth.

Children
Around 12 years old.

Start
From the Vallée de Rabais sports centre, Belmont.

Signposting

Two circles with a blue triangle on top.

Parking

At the Vallée de Rabais sports centre.

Difficulty: Medium
Length of the trail: 16 km.
Duration: 2 heures.

Information

MAISON DU TOURISME DU PAYS DE GAUME (VIRTON)

Etalle, Meix-devant-Virton, Musson, Rouvroy, Saint-Léger, Tintigny, Virton....
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Address:
Rue des Grasses Oies 2 B
6760 VIRTON
Tel.+32 (0) 63 57 89 04



PLUSTourist information on the town VIRTON