You head towards Hotton along the RAVeL and leave behind you Marche-en-Famenne, a dynamic town that is the economic centre of the Province of Luxembourg. When you reach Hotton, a small town with undeniable tourist attractions, you can go underground to explore the caves, awarded two stars in the Michelin guide.

Following small roads through the pretty villages of Hampteau, Rendeux, Marcourt and Jupille, with their typical Ardennes architecture, you can admire the superb landscapes sculpted by the Ourthe. This peaceful river, which still resounds with tales and legends of the Ardennes, is the perfect place to tickle fish.
This stage ends in Roche-en-Ardenne, also known as ‘the city of Berthe’, a likeable ghost who haunts the ruins of the medieval castle. A visit not to be missed.

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The route

Starting from the roundabout on the urban boulevard near place de l’Étang and the Tourist Office, you follow chaussée de l'Ourthe as far as the cultural and sports centre, where the RAVeL towards Hotton begins. You follow the RAVeL alongside the Roi Albert military camp for about eight kilometres and then the cycle path along the N86 and some municipal roads to the centre of Hotton.
Next you head towards La Roche-en-Ardenne and follow the detailed description. This second part of the route includes sections on its own path and stretches along quiet little roads away from motor traffic, but also the N833 which only has a cycle path in some places. Take care.

Surface: Smooth (asphalt or concrete)

Height difference: Generally imperceptible incline. There is, however, a slight climb between Hotton and Hampteau.

Signs: Full directional signs with EV5 identification panels are in place.

Safety, precautions: Take care when crossing the regional roads N86 (approximately 1 kilometre and 8 kilometres from the start) and the N833 as you leave Rendeux at approximately kilometre 16.5. Between Jupille and Laroche, you have to follow a four-kilometre stretch on the N833 where you will need to be very alert as the traffic is steady and fast.

Connections:

  • Again in Hotton, you can turn onto the pre-RAVeL of the old local railway line that takes you to Ny and Érezée (local line No 620).

Practical info

Start:

  • Marche-en-Famenne, NP 27, at the roundabout at the end of boulevard du Nord. Opposite the Tourist Office in place de l’Étang.
  • Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 219576 m – Y: 102526 m
  • GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°13’46.90” – Longitude: 5°20’38.04” E
  • Access by train: Marche-en-Famenne railway station one kilometre from the centre.
  • Access by car: Pay car park in place de l'Étang, free parking at the cultural and sports centre.

Finish:

  • La Roche-en Ardenne, place du Bronze
  • Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 236226 m – Y: 97237 m
  • GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°10’47.81” N – Longitude: 5°34’33.67” E

Rest areas:

  • Hotton (right bank of the Ourthe), La Roche-en-Ardenne centre.

Guides/maps:

  • RAVeL maps of the Provinces of 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

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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GHM SPRL
  Maintenance
Route de Hotton 12, 6987 Rendeux
+3281813848
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ghm@skynet.be
BEN BIKES
Bike rental      
Avenue de Villez 13B, 6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne
+3280685890
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CILS BIKE
Bike rental      
Rue Chamont 7, 6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne
+3261288643
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Train station

Gare de Marche-en-Famenne
Rue du Luxembourg, 6900 Marche-En-Famenne
Gare de Malreux-Hotton
Avenue de la Gare 1, 6990 Hotton

Tourism office

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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Maison du Tourisme d’Ourthe et d’Aisne
 
Grand'Rue 16, 6940 Durbuy
+32(0)86 21 35 00
www.ourthe-et-aisne.be
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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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Pays de Famenne à vélo
 
Rue Saint Laurent 14, 6900 Marche-en-Famenne
+32 (0)84 22 25 83
www.famenne-a-velo.be
info@famenne-a-velo.be