Mostly smooth. Note that at the Houx lock, the surface changes from
asphalt to fine dolomite rock for three kilometres. From Anhée to Namur,
alternating asphalt and passable cobblestones.
Specific ‘The Meuse by bike’ directional signs are in place along the entire stage.
This section is entirely part of the RAVeL network. It starts in Grognon, at the foot of the Citadel, at the confluence of RAVeL of La Sambre and La Meuse. Descend the ramp that leads you onto the RAVeL route on the right bank of the Sambre river. After 100 m you will reach the Meuse RAVeL. Follow the Meuse on its left bank until you reach Dinant.
Upon leaving Namur, you will be surrounded by the relaxing atmosphere of the Meuse RAVeL. You will pass through the village of Wépion, which is world-famous for its strawberry fields. You will now progressively enter the most beautiful landscape of the valley of the Meuse, with many cliffs and sumptuous sites, such as the famous gardens of Annevoie.
On arriving at Rivière, keep your eyes peeled as you may be able to spot hang gliders, flying down from the top of the Sept Meuses. Shortly after Anhée, you will be able to see the ruins of the Poilvache Castle, overlooking the Meuse from the top of its rocky spur.
When you arrive at Dinant, several hectares of vineyards lay across the side of the valley. At the foot of the citadel, on the quays of the Meuse, the city of the ‘Copères’ (the Dinantais) – derived from the English word ‘copper’ – invites you to taste its famous «couques» or to take a boat trip.See more...
- Bike rental and maintenance
- Train station
- Tourism office
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Bike rental and maintenance along the route
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.
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.
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.