The cherry tree route in orchard country | cycling routes in Wallonia
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Province : Liège
Located in the Euregio between Liège and Maastricht, the "balade des cerisiers" (cherry tree route) has many advantages for bicycle tourists.
With its 31 km route that is safely away from traffic and its almost completely flat terrain, this route is a delight for families.
Right from the start, the rhythm is set: what a pleasure to follow the river Meuse without any obstacles. Without breaking a sweat we reach Lanaye, where, in summer, a ferry crosses the Meuse – surprisingly fast-flowing here – to Eijsden in the Netherlands.
Leaving the RAVeL, we climb the only hill on the route: it is worth the effort, for this is the Montagne Saint-Pierre, noted for its orchids and bat caves. Descending, we reach the Via Jecore, a greenway where all motor vehicles are prohibited.
It takes us to the entrance of Fort Eben-Emael, redoutable guardian of the valley. Approaching Kanne, the change in the scenery is brutal and surprising.
From the little valley of the River Geer we come upon the Tranchée de Caster, a canal cutting slashed through the Montagne Saint-Pierre. The canal squeezes through between the cliffs; we follow it to Hermalle-sous-Argenteau, where we rejoin the Meuse.
Good to know!
The “Cramignon” ferry takes cyclists across the River Meuse between the village of Lanaye (Belgium) and Eijsden (Netherlands).
RAVeL, small roads and tracks.
Most of this trip is on tracks closed to cars, except the descent to the Via Jecore, at Eben-Emael.
Around 15 years old.
From L’Ile Robinson in Visé, join the RAVeL route immediately, direction Lixhe. Very soon, turn left to follow round the dock/inlet, then rejoin the RAVeL at the roundabout.
Follow the green arrows with pictogram (cherry on a white background).
Parking spaces at Ile Robinson, on rue Basse-Hermalle in Visé.
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