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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
  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    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....
    Find out more
    Address:
    Rue des Grasses Oies 2 B
    6760 VIRTON
    Tel.+32 (0) 63 57 89 04



    PLUSTourist information on the town VIRTON