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Mountain bike route

The Sart countryside | cycling routes in Wallonia

The Sart countryside | cycling routes in Wallonia
© Pierre Pauquay
Difficulty: Medium
23 km
3 h
Locality: Jalhay
Province : Liège

Numerous streams are born in the High Fens, creating valleys and canyons. The Sart-lez-Spa route travels through this beautiful setting.

We start in the pretty square at the centre Sart-lez-Spa, with its perron, a column on a stepped plinth that served as a symbol of civic liberty when the village was ruled by the Principality of Liège. From the ridge, we hurtle down into the valley of the River Hogne. At the bottom, the river crossing at Royompré creates what must be one of the region’s most beautiful settings. We ford the river.

The circuit now heads upstream, in the main. Here and there the hillside path has a steep drop-off; you might almost be in the Alps. To reach Solwaster we have to climb the hill on which the village is perched.

Crossing the village we can see how the houses – built of blocks of sandstone and limestone, or half-timbered – are long-slung, with narrow windows and thick walls, bearing witness to the brutal weather that can grip this high plateau.

From Maison Fagne the circuit follows the hills called the Hauteurs de Spa, passing close to the airfi eld at Malchamps via the Bois de Hartai. It’s an agreeable run, leading to Stockay at the bottom, where we cross the Wayai, a stream that fl ows into Spa further below. One last ford before we are back in Sart-lez-Spa.

Good to know!

Using the SityTour app, you can download for free the details of signposted cycle routes in the “Pays des Sources”. Once downloaded, the “randoguides” are accessible without a connection. The points of interest are triggered automatically and an audio-signal tells you if you have gone off-course.

In practice

Route surface

Easy lanes and paths.

Bicycle type
Mountain bike


A 23 km circuit, very pleasant on the wide paths in the beautiful valley of the River Hogne. Nevertheless, it’s a hard climb up to Solwaster.

Around 15 years old.

From the central square of Sart-lez-Spa, head for Rue des Trois Fontaines and descend along beside the autoroute. 

Follow the VTT signs for circuit No.12 (red triangles and round discs).


The central square of Sart-lez-Spa, beside the “perron” (column).

Difficulty: Medium
Length of the trail: 23 km.
Duration: 3 heures.


The Pays des Sources Tourist Office (SPA)

The Pays des Sources region invites you to discover the most beautiful towns in the 'Blue Ardennes': Jalhay, Spa, Stavelot, Theux and Trois-Ponts....
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Rue du Marché 1A
4900 SPA
Tel.+32 (0) 87 79 53 53

PLUSTourist information on the town JALHAY