Cyruse, in the Rulles and Semois valleys | Cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
Place de la Gare (Marbehan)
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Province : Luxembourg
This intersections network lets you discover the beautiful area that lies between the woodlands of the Forêt d’Anlier and the nearby Gaume region.
From the station at Marbehan the road quickly becomes mischievous, with a series of twists and turns and hills – but these are easily dealt with.
From Mortinsart to Nantimont, the Cyruse route takes us to Habay-la-Vieille, a pretty village close to Habay-la-Neuve. In passing the ponds, we are brushing with an old industry… This had its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries thanks to iron-ore mining and the forges of Habay-la-Neuve: the forge de la Trapperie, du Pont d’Oye, du Châtelet and de Bologne.
The forest provided abundant fuel for the forges in the form of charcoal, and the River Rulles supplied water power.This activity went into decline during the first half of the 19th century with the evolution of other techniques: steam engines replaced water power and coke supplanted charcoal.
Athus, Seraing and Longwy (in France) took over as centres of iron and steel production… On the return journey, a little before Nantimont, on the Plateau de Mageroy, you can see the remains of the Gallo-Roman Villa de Mageroy, a large farm occupied from the 1st to 4th century AD. We now arrive at Villers-sur-Semois, washed by the River Semois in its infancy. On the plain another river weaves its sinuous course, the Rulles. We join that a little after Ansart, before returning to Marbehan.
Good to know!
Discover the legends of the Ardennes by bike with tourist circuits in the series called “Cyclolégendes du Parc Naturel Haute-Sûre Forêt d’Anlier”.
Small country lanes.
A pleasant ride of 43 km, with some small climbs, none too demanding. The Habay-la- Neuve section uses the same route there and back.
Around 15 years old.
From the railway station at Marbehan, follow the direction of point-noeud 3 at the bottom of the road past the carpark in Place de la Gare.
Follow the intersections: 3, 1, 6, 5, 6, 1, 2, 4 and 3.
Spaces at Marbehan train station.
Tourist information on the town HABAY