From the Pays de Herve Tourist Office, follow RAVeL line 38 on dedicated cycle paths. You cross Melen, then Soumagne/Micheroux, Retinne, Fléron, Beyne-Heusay, Bois de Breux, Grivegnée and you arrive at the end of RAVeL Line 38 at Rue du Châlet, at the start of Vaux-sous-Chèvremont.
Line 38 will continue on dedicated cycle paths along the TGV to the Ourthe at Chênée RAVeL. In the meantime, a connecting route of about 3km (! heavy car traffic) is expected from the rue des Combattants roundabout, under the TGV bridge in Vaux-sous-Chèvremont. Follow signs towards Liège, taking the N621 regional road. After passing over the Vesdre, turn right on the N61 until the traffic light junction with the N30. At this point, turn right. Then take a left onto Rue Denis Lecocq at the following traffic lights (just after passing under the railway bridge), towards Angleur. After 100m, exit rue Denis Lecocq on your left and take the pedestrian cycling footbridge (red colour), which allows you to cross the Ourthe. Once you are on the left bank of the river, just follow RAVeL Ourthe. You will pass the Belle-Île shopping centre and reach the end of your stage at the Quai du Condroz.
Surfacing: lime-ash for 2km (and therefore muddy pathways in rainy weather) until Melen, then overall asphalt or concrete over the rest of the stage.
Incline: negligible slope, slightly downhill to Liege.
Signposting: the entire stage has signposting on a blue background on Line 38 and on an orange background for the short connection between RAVeL Line 38 and Ourthe between Vaux-sous-Chèvremont and Chênée.
Safety, precautions: on RAVeL Line 38, pay attention to road crossings. Heavy car traffic on the short connection between RAVeL Line 38 and Ourthe between Vaux-sous-Chèvremont and Chênée.
- Shared stage with the W2 regional route. On the Quai du Condroz at the start of Liège, near the Fétinne/Fragnée Bridge, the W2 regional route branches off towards Liège, then takes you to Waremme and Brussels.
- From Vaux-Sous-Chèvremont, shared stage with the regional W6 route.
- When you reach RAVeL Ourthe at Chênée, you join the W7 regional route. If you follow theEV3 towards Liège, the W7 route is shared. If you turn off in the opposite direction and go back up RAVeL Ourthe, the W7 route takes you towards Esneux and Durbuy.
Pays de Herve Tourist Office, Rue de la Gare 1, 4650 Herve
Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 250550m - Y: 148920 m
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°38'32.06"N - Longitude: 5°47'25.43"E
Car parking available at the starting point.
Arrival point: Quai du Condroz 27 -29, 4031 Angleur (Liege), along the Ourthe, facing Gramme School, not far from the Fétinne/Fragnée Bridge and the Belle-Île shopping centre.
Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 236260m - Y: 146122 m
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°37'9.75"N -Longitude: 5°35'15.88"E
Arriving at the centre of the locality: to reach the centre of Liège, just follow the international route signposted and marked La Meuse à Vélo or the W7 regional route for 3km: continue along RAVeL Ourthe towards Liège until Fétinne Bridge. You cross the bridge and immediately take a left to join the RAVeL on the right bank of the Ourthe. You arrive at the confluence between the Ourthe and the Meuse. You follow the RAVeL Meuse for about 2km until you reach the Saucy bike-pedestrian footbridge which allows you to reach the historical heart of the City of Liège.
Return or continue by train: Liège-Guillemins station to any destination. To get to the train station, follow the Meuse Cycle Route to Boverie Park. In the park, take the bike-pedestrian footbridge to cross the Meuse and follow the path to the Liège-Guillemins monumental railway station approved by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
- RAVeL map of the Liège province published by the SPW. This map, called "More RAVeL, more fun", can be ordered for free by clicking here.
Variation: as an alternative, you can start the stage at the city Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen (D), which is about 6km from the starting point of the route, at a place known as "Trois Frontières".