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Section 09

La-Roche-en-Ardenne to Bastogne

  • 46km
  • 932m
  • 643m
  • 289m
  • difficulty medium

One last look back at the mysterious La Roche and you are ready to go! Through the valleys and wooded hills we reach Erneuville and its vast grassy plateaus. This stage begins with a pleasant, gently sloping road that leads up to the enchanting Ry de Bronze. Along the journey, you will pass through many picturesque villages, such as Grainchamps, Tresfontaines, Wyompont, Ortheuville, Lavacherie and Amberloup. Some clinge to the steep slopes of the Ardennes peaks, some sit at the bottom of the Western Ourthe valley, but all will amaze you with their rustic and quiet atmospheres.

Once you leave the peaceful and verdant commune of Sainte-Ode, you will climb the gentle hill towards the plateau of Bastogne, following the very pretty Laval valley and its tributaries. Once in Sibret, the arrival point on the plateau, you will get to ride along a section of the pre-RAVeL of the old railway, line 163, which leads to Bastogne, famous for the Battle of the Bulge. There are plenty of shops, museums and other places to visit. If you pass by in April, don’t miss out on watching professional road racers battling it out for victory in the oldest cycling race, «Liège-Bastogne-Liège».

There’s no doubt you will have an unforgettable during this stage of the journey.

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The route mainly takes you along small quiet roads protected from vehicular traffic, and ends with a short stretch along the pre-RAVeL line 163. Like the EV5 route, this stage usually ends at the Isle-le-Pré hamlet, shortly before Bastogne. Head to the Bastogne South railway station that can be reached by continuing along the pre-RAVeL for about 1.8 km.

Starting point: Place du Bronze in La-Roche-en-Ardenne.

Arrival point: the former rail line 163 from Isle-le-Pré to Bastogne

Practical info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Ardenne-aventure
Bike rental     Maintenance
Rue de l'Eglise 35, 6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne
Réseau Ardenne E-Bike
Bike rental     Maintenance
Route des Courts Champs 4, 6680 Sainte-Ode

Tourism office

Maison du Tourisme du Pays d'Houffalize - La-Roche-en-Ardenne
Place du Marché 15, 6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne
+32(0)84/36.77.36
www.coeurdelardenne.be
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Syndicat d’initiative de Tenneville
Rue Grande 94b, 6971 Champlon
Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Saint-Hubert
Place du Marché 15, 6870 Saint-Hubert
Syndicat d’initiative de Sainte-Ode
Route des Courts Champs 4, 6680 Sprimont
+32 61 32 88 01
www.sainte-ode-tourisme.be
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Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Bastogne
Place McAuliffe 60, 6600 Bastogne
+32 61 26 76 11
www.paysdebastogne.be
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