Along the Semois river | Cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
Hauteur de la Maison du Tourisme
Rue Albert Raty
5550 VRESSE (VRESSE-SUR-SEMOIS)
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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.
Pre-RAVeL, RAVeL and roads open to traffic.
Type of bicycle
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.
Around 12 years old.
From Vresse-sur-Semois, head for the River Semois and cross the little Saint-Lambert bridge. Continue along the Semois.
Follow the mountain biking signs and the yellow triangles and circles.
On the outskirts of Vresse-sur-Semois, by the tourist office, on rue Albert Raty.
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