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Mountain bike route

In the Vallées des Eaux Vives | Cycling routes in Wallonia

In the Vallées des Eaux Vives | Cycling routes in Wallonia
© Bernard Carbonneaux
  • Departing from
    Depuis le village de Fagnolle

  • MAPS: Google Maps
Difficulty: Medium
23 km
2 h
Locality: Philippeville
Province : Namur

The scenery in the region of the Vallées des Eaux Vives, in the far south of the Province of Namur, is among the most beautiful in Wallonia.

This circuit crosses a dip in the fens (fagnes) punctuated with magnificent villages, and the first of these is Fagnolle, a member of the “Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie” scheme.

Welcome to the South and Fagnolle, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Wallonia. On the road leading to Matagne-la-Grande, because the chalky soil absorbs the sun’s warmth so effectively, the lawns are covered with flowers, unique in Belgium.

After a turn the road rises to reach the Réserve naturelle des Hurées, a protected nature zone. Here, we are on the top of a hill called a “tienne” locally, which offers us a splendid view!

The route follows the line of the ridge, with clear views. To the south is the valley of the River Virouin: an old railway line here is still used by steam trains at weekends during the tourist season. A little before Ossogne, an optional road winds its way to Treignes, a departure point for these trains.

We head on to Matagne-la-Petite, a peaceful little village, and then the RAVeL 2 L156 takes us back towards our starting point. As we approach Fagnolle, the ruins of its castle rise from the plain.

Good to know!

With a tablet or smartphone, you can discover the new app “Xplore Forêt du Pays de Chimay”, downloadable for free from the App Store and Google Play. It contains some or the best circuits and routes in the region, including “La Grande Traversée”, plus useful information for your trip.

In practice

Route surface

Dirt tracks, farm access roads and RAVeL.

Bicycle type
Mountain bike.


A magnificent ride, following the ridges of hills called “tiennes”. Optional route 1 (shortening the circuit to 15 km) gives access to the RAVeL from Matagne-la-Grande (see map). Optional route 2, from just before Ossogne, leads to Treignes.

Around 12 years old.

From the village of Fagnolle, follow the road that climbs towards Dourbes. At the bend, continue straight ahead.

Follow the mountain bike (VTT) route signs. They are blue triangles and circles).


In the village of Fagnolle or next to the RAVeL.

Difficulty: Medium
Length of the trail: 23 km.
Duration: 2 heures.


PLUSTourist information on the town PHILIPPEVILLE