The Hesbignonne | cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
Musée «Les Maîtres du Feu»
Rue de Bende 5
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Province : Liège
In amongst the woodlands you’ll find wonderful examples of Walloon heritage, inviting you to stop and explore before grappling with the next stage.
We start at the museum called “Les Maîtres du Feu” (Masters of Fire), which presents the geological gifts of this region, and how they have been exploited over time by industry. The route climbs from the start. While the landscape undulates gently, fluctuating between 100m and 200m, this itinerary will take its toll.
At the edge of a wood we find the former Abbaye de la Paix-Dieu. Founded in 1240, the abbey was totally rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. Now the landscape becomes more open; fields take over from the little valleys.
This region is dotted with numerous fermes-châteaux: half farmhouse, half castle, they have a square ground plan, around a courtyard, for defensive purposes. Emerging from woodland, we come upon the Château de Jehay. Dating from the 16th century, and surrounded by a moat, its unique architecture makes this one of Europe’s most remarkable châteaux.
We now hurtle off towards another gem: the Abbaye de Flône. It heralds the historic centre of Amay, and its prestigious Collegiate Church (Collégiale), dating from the 11th century.
Good to know!
The bicycle museum (Musée Vivant du Cycle) at “Les Maîtres du Feu” museum (see above) has a collection of more than 280 bikes, dating from 1830 to the present. Unmissable!
Small country roads and paths.
A pleasant 29 km ride, but with substantial changes in altitude totalling some 450m.
Around 15 years old.
From the “Les Maîtres du Feu” museum, Rue de Bende, 5 - 4540 Ampsin (Amay). Follow the road up the hill.
Follow the VTT circuit signs (red triangles and round discs).
At the “Les Maîtres du Feu” museum.
Come and discover a welcoming region, a rich cultural and natural heritage, unknown landscapes, a living memory, savours of local products......
Tourist information on the town AMAY