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Mountain bike route

Along the Semois river | Cycling routes in Wallonia

Along the Semois river | Cycling routes in Wallonia
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  • Departing from
    Hauteur de la Maison du Tourisme
    Rue Albert Raty
    5550 VRESSE (VRESSE-SUR-SEMOIS)Belgium

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  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    Difficulty: easy
    20 km
    3 h
    Locality: Mont
    Province : Luxembourg

    What a great pleasure it is to ride along the River Semois! A river that has preserved its integrity.

    Vresse-sur-Semois, nestled beside the river and with its forest backdrop, has been the inspiration of countless painters… The scene is set for this lovely route along the banks of the River Semois.

    The village, on the southern cusp of the Province of Namur, has a reassuringly human scale, as does its famous little stone bridge, the Pont Saint-Lambert. The first few kilometres provide a great introduction to the Semois.

    Along this stretch of the river, all tarmacked roads are a fair distance away: no pollution, no traffi c noise – the Semois has been left alone to pursue its own wild path. The route leads us to Alle.


    We return along the opposite bank, every bit as charming. Along the way, in summer, a wooden trestle footbridge – the Pont de Claies – is slung across the Semois. This is a legacy of the tobacco planters, who used it as a shortcut to reach their richly fertile fields all along the river. A little effort is needed to get up to Laforêt. A member of the “Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie” scheme, it provides a wonderful setting to enjoy as you take some refreshment at the brasserie L’Épicerie du Serpolet.

    Good to know!


    This is an especially welcoming region for cyclists. Numerous gîtes, chambres d’hôtes, hotels, restaurants and attractions carry the “Bienvenue Vélo” label.


    In practice


    Route surface

    Pre-RAVeL, RAVeL and roads open to traffic.

    Type of bicycle

    Mountain bike.

    Difficulty

    20 km without any great challenges, good for a family outing. Small climb to reach the village of Laforêt. Shortcut option to return to Vresse-sur-Semois by heading down the main road from the centre of Laforêt.

    Children

    Around 12 years old.

    Start
    From Vresse-sur-Semois, head for the River Semois and cross the little Saint-Lambert bridge. Continue along the Semois.

    Signposting
    Follow the mountain biking signs and the yellow triangles and circles.

    Parking

    On the outskirts of Vresse-sur-Semois, by the tourist office, on rue Albert Raty.

    Difficulty: easy
    Length of the trail: 20 km.
    Duration: 3 heures.

    Information

    The Dinant and Haute Meuse Tourist Office (DINANT)

    Welcome to the Valleys of Fortresses and Castles. The Dinant region invites you for romantic strolls along the River Meuse to the sound of the sax....
    Find out more

    Address:
    Avenue Cadoux 8
    5500 DINANT
    Tel.+32 (0) 82 22 28 70


    PLUSTourist information on the town VRESSE-SUR-SEMOIS