In the Meuse valley, the path follows a gentle incline for about 10 km alongside the charming Fonds de Leffe nature reserve between steep rocky hillsides. You head towards the Condroz plateau along quiet little roads.

You pass successively through the beautiful villages of Thynes and Sovet, characterised by limestone dwellings typical of the region. The route also gives you an opportunity to admire Leffe abbey, Chession castle and Lisogne mill.

Having left the town of Ciney behind, you go through the authentic villages of Leignon and Humain. The route leads you from the Condroz to the Pays de Famenne region, the ideal setting for cycling along greenways and country roads. From the lively town of Marche-en-Famenne, a network covering 350 kilometres of waymarked paths with nodal points (NP) and custom-made routes enables you to explore rural landscapes and enjoy relaxing in the open air.

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The route

Having crossed Bouvignes lock and taken the N948 road for a few hundred metres following the signs (panels with green background), you turn right along a secondary road towards Thynes, Sovet and Ciney.
After Ciney, you follow quiet little roads where the traffic is usually light but which are not signposted/waymarked. You cross through the villages of Pessoux, Haversin, Havrenne and Humain to reach the Pays de Famenne region and the nodal-points network which starts just before Humain, at NP 34 (chemin Saint-Rémy). From here, directional signs guide you to Marche-en-Famenne.
You enter Marche-en-Famenne entirely on a greenway with its own path integrated into the urban road.

Surface: Smooth (concrete or asphalt).

Height difference: Hilly route with moderate inclines, usually less than 3%.

Signs: Directional signs with EV5 identification panels are in place along the entire route.

Safety, precautions: This stage consists mainly of stretches along quiet roads but caution is nevertheless required.

Connections:

  • In Ciney, you can join the Line 126 RAVeL following the signs to Huy.
  • In Humain, the signs indicating the ‘Dorsale du Pays de Famenne’ prompt you to turn towards Rochefort in the direction of the Line 150B RAVeL which leads to Houyet.

Practical information

Start:

  • Bouvignes-sur-Meuse lock, avenue Colonel Cadoux in Dinant (left bank of the Meuse).
  • Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 188173 m - Y : 106400 m
  • GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°16'2.64'' N - Longitude: 4°54'15.04'' E
  • To reach the start from the centre of Dinant: cross the Dinant bridge and follow the Meuse along the left bank for about one kilometre as far as the Bouvignes lock
    Access by train: Dinant Belgian railway station.

Finish:

  • Marche-en-Famenne, NP 27, at the roundabout at the end of boulevard du Nord. Opposite the Tourist Office in place de l’Étang.
  • Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 219576 m - Y : 102526 m
  • GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°13'46.90'' N - Longitude: 5°20'38.04 '' E
  • To reach the centre of the old town: when you get to the roundabout, follow the direction of NP 24 taking the first right, rue Porte Basse.
  • To return or continue by train: Marche-en-Famenne Belgian railway station is one kilometre away
  • Rest areas:
    • Just before reaching the village of Thynes.
    • In the place called Plateau du Gerny (km 40.80): shelter and lovely panoramic view.

Guides/maps:

  • RAVeL maps of the Provinces of Namur and Luxembourg published by the SPW. These maps, called ‘More RAVeL, more pleasure’, can be ordered free of charge via the RAVeL website by clicking here.
  • Map of the Pays de Famenne region by bike (nodal points), distributed by the Tourist Offices.

Around the route by bike:

  • Pays de Famenne region by bike: here

Practical Info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Au Vélo d’Or
Bike rental     Maintenance
Adnet Cycles & Fils
Bike rental      
Dakota Raid
Bike rental      
Rue du Vélodrome 15, 5500 Dinant
+32(0)478/38.03.48
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auvelodor@hotmail.com
EVOBIKES
Bike rental      
Rue du Petit Elevage 4, 5590 Ciney
+3280684250
www.evobikes.be
info@evobikes.be
BENOÎT LAMBERT CYCLES
Bike rental      
Chaussée de l'Ourthe 100, 6900 Marche-en-Famenne
+3261534007
www.benoitlambert.be
info@benoitlambert.be
LES COMPAGNONS DE LA MAISON
Bike rental     Maintenance
BOUDOUX SPORT
Bike rental     Maintenance
Rue des Religieuses 6, 6900 Marche-en-Famenne
+3281813848
www.boudouxsport.be
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Train station

Gare de Dinant
Avenue Franchet d'Esperey 1, 5500 Dinant
Gare de Ciney
Place E. Vandervelde, 5590 Ciney
Gare de Leignon
Rue de la gare, 5590 Leignon
Gare de Chapois
Grand - Route, Chapois
Gare de Haversin
Place d'Odenas, 5590 Haversin
Gare de Marloie
Place de la Gare 1, 6900 Marloie
Gare de Marche-en-Famenne
Rue du Luxembourg, 6900 Marche-En-Famenne

Tourism office

Maison du Tourisme Condroz Famenne
 
Place Monseu 23, 5590 Ciney
+32 (0)86 40 19 22
info@valleesdessaveurs.be
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Maison du Tourisme Val de Lesse
 
Rue de Behogne 5, 5580 Rochefort
+32 (0)84 34 51 72
www.valdelesse.be
info@valdelesse.be
Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Marche & Nassogne
 
Place de l’Etang 15, 6900 Marche-en-Famenne
+32(0)84 34 53 27
www.tourisme-marche-nassogne.be
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Gastronomy

Salaisons du Pont d'Amour
Rue Pont d'Amour, 4 5500 Dinant
+3282224892
http://www.salaisonsdupontdamour.be
info@salaisonsdupontdamour.be
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