On the RAVeL Meuse

Not far from the ancient fortified city of Huy, by crossing the RAVeL on the right bank of the Meuse, stands Andenne, a city of bears, where stone, water and wood remind us how much the wealth of this region is dependent on these natural elements. The remarkably restored site of Moulins de Beez signals the entry into Namur, capital of Wallonia.

The city of Namur, gateway to Ardennes, offers its visitors difference facets. From the Citadel, overlooking the confluence between the Sambre and the Meuse, masterpiece of Vauban, great military architect of Louis XIV, at its historic heart, the art of living well here is ubiquitous.

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Route:

From Baudouin Bridge, you leave Huy by taking the RAVeL on the right bank of the Meuse towards Ben-Ahin. The RAVeL will take you safely to Namur.

To reach the centre of Namur, leave the RAVeL Meuse by taking the Ardennes Bridge to cross the river. At the roundabout at the end of the bridge, turn left onto Boulevard Isabelle Brunell. At the next roundabout, you almost come back on yourself, and at the roundabout exit, you take the cycle path on your right. Then you immediately go down the ramp on your right, which brings you onto the RAVeL on the left bank of the Sambre (at its confluence with the Meuse). At the bottom of the ramp, you take a right. You go under two bridges. The next narrow path on your right allows you to reach the centre of Namur.

If you decide to continue towards Charleroi, just continue on the RAVeL on the left bank of the Sambre.

Surfacing: mostly smooth. Alternating between asphalt and concrete.

Incline: no slope.

Signposting: Follow signposts for "La Meuse à vélo" to the Ardennes Bridge in Namur. Then follow the signs for the "EV3" towards the centre of Namur and Charleroi.

Safety, precautions: Watch out for car traffic leaving Huy and entering Namur.

Connections:

  • Stage shared fully with the international route The Meuse by Bike (to Ardennes Bridge in Namur where this route continues straight on the right bank of the Meuse) and with the W6 regional route (Along the riverside).

Practical information:

Starting point:

Baudouin bridge on the right bank in Huy

Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 211676 m - Y: 134679 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°31'10.65"N -Longitude: 5°14'18.50"E

Access by Train: Huy SNCB Station.

Car parking available near the starting point.

Guides/maps: RAVeL maps of the Liège and Namur province published by the SPW. These maps, called "More RAVeL, more fun", can be ordered for free by clicking here.

Cycling around the route:

Practical info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Pro Velo Namur
  Maintenance
Place de la Station 1 5000 Namur
+32 81 81 38 48
https://www.provelo.org/fr/implantation/namur
namur@provelo.org

Train station

Gare de Namur
Place de la Station, 1 5000 Namur
Gare d'Andenne
Rue de la Station, 32 5300 - Andenne
Gare de Huy
Place Zénobe Gramme 4500 - Huy

Tourism office

Office du Tourisme de la Ville d'Andenne
 
Promenades des Ours, 33 5300 Andenne
+32(0)85 84 96 40
https://www.andennetourisme.be/
tourisme@ac.andenne.be
Office du Tourisme de Huy
 
Quai de Namur 1 4500 Huy
+32(0) 85 21 29 15
http://www.huy.be/
tourisme@huy.be
Maison du Tourisme Vallée de la Meuse Namur Dinant
Bike rental      
Avenue colonel cadoux, 8 - 5500 Dinant/ Place de la Station – 5000 Namur
+32(0)81/24.64.49/+32(0)82/22.28.70
www.valleedelameuse-tourisme.be
info@mtnamurdinant.be

Attractions

Les Jardins d’Annevoie
Nature
Rue des Jardins 37, 5537 Annevoie
+32(0)82/67.97.97
www.annevoie.be
info@annevoie.be
Musée des arts anciens
Culture
Hôtel de Gaiffier d’Hestroy Rue de fer 24, 5000 Namur
+32(0)81/77.67.54
www.museedesartanciens.be
musee.arts.anciens@province.namur.be
Culture
Musée Félicien Rops
Musée Félicien Rops
Rue Fumal 12, 5000 Namur
+32(0)81/77.67.55
www.museerops.be
info@museerops.be
Culture
Musée de la Fraise
Musée de la Fraise
Chaussée de Dinant 1037, 5100 Wépion
+32(0)81/46.20.07
www.museedelafraise.eu
info@museedelafraise.eu
Culture
Parfumerie Guy Delforge
Parfumerie Guy Delforge

This creation centre, unrivalled in Northern Europe, explains the different phases in the creation of a perfume.

The perfumes come to life and mature in the entrails of the Citadel, in a blockhouse of the era of Charles V! This “sound, light and perfume” show is so enchanting that it makes you forget the outside world.

Route Merveilleuse 60 5000 Namur
+32 (0)81 22 12 19
https://www.delforge.com/
info@delforge.com
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La Capitainerie
La Capitainerie

Have a drink on the floating terrace in a friendly, retro-chic ambiance. Stand Up Paddleboard, Blob Jump, Catamosans (boats without permit, from 8 to 12 seats)…

Boulevard de la Meuse 38 5100 Jambes
+32 (0)476 23 31 42
http://www.lacapitainerie.be/
info@lacapitainerie.be
Culture
Namur Citadel
Namur Citadel

Built on an impressive rocky spur, this exceptional heritage site has conserved traces of each period of its 2000-year-old history. Once a residence for the Counts of Namur in the Middle Ages, then transformed into a holiday home by King Leopold II, it is now a sought-out location for events, guided visits and walks in a verdant surrounding with spectacular views over the city.

Route Merveilleuse 64 5000 Namur
+32(0)81.24.73.70
https://www.citadelle.namur.be/
Culture
Belfry of Namur
Belfry of Namur


In the 14th century, the Belfry of Namur was one the collegiate church's
towers. A fire destroyed it in 1745, and the Tour Saint-Jacques,
originally built as part of the city wall in 1388, was chosen as the new belfry. It is the
oldest of the three towers of the medieval fortifications.
20 metres high, the Tour Saint-Jacques is listed by UNESCO as a
stunning example of the 14th century military architecture.

Rue du Beffroi 5000 Namur
+32 81 24 64 44
Culture
Scladina cave
Scladina cave

Archaeological center, Scladina cave is one of the major prehistoric Belgian sites; the largest prehistoric excavation site in Belgium that is still being excavated and accessible to the public.

Place du Chapitre 5300 Andenne
085 84 13 60
Culture
Collegiate of Sainte-Begge
Collegiate of Sainte-Begge

Collegiate (1764-1778). Architectural masterpiece by architect L-B Dewez. In the sacristy and annexes 12 rooms: goldsmithery, renaissance shrine of Ste-Begge, objects of worship, lectern Griffin of the sixteenth century, ornaments, paintings, tombstones, Andenne porcelain, sculptures, manuscripts, prints from the 15th to the 20th century.

Place du Chapitre 5300 Andenne
085 84 13 60
Culture
Huy Fortress
Huy Fortress

While visiting the region of Huy, make sure to visit this fort, a real memorial to the second world war. Its museum retraces its history as a concentration camp.

Quai de Namur 4500 Huy
085 21 53 34
http://www.huy.be/

Gastronomy

L'Empreinte Belge
Rue des Carmes 69 - 5000 Namur
+32(0)474/06.38.95
empreinte.belge@gmail.com
empreinte.belge@gmail.com
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Accomodation

The Royal Snail Hotel
Avenue de la Plante 23 5000 Namur, Belgique
+3281570023
http://www.theroyalsnail.com
info@theroyalsnail.com
Auberge de Jeunesse de Namur
Avenue Félicien Rops 8, 5000 Namur.
081 22 36 88
https://www.lesaubergesdejeunesse.be/namur
namur@lesaubergesdejeunesse.be
Offers
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  • 161 km
  • Duration Medium
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