Treasures of Wallonia

  • 11 days
  • Medium
  • all years
  • 593 km

Enjoy a 11 days trip around Wallonia. Discover Wallonia in all its forms: cities, countryside, nature, tourist attractions, varieties of landscapes and also enjoy the gastronomy that Wallonia has to offer! A whole trip that will leave you with an unforgettable memory.

Laatste Update: 15 jun. 2020

Practical information

Distance: 593 km
Elevation: ↑486m ↓518m
Duration: 11 days
Level: intermediaire

How to use this offer?

This itinerary has been prepared by Pro Velo to take you along the Pilgrims Route from Liège to Charleroi, passing through two industrial sites. You are responsible for booking and buying entrance tickets, and for organising your rental bike directly with the local Point Velo using the contacts given below.

For a detailed map of the route

  1. Download a GPX viewer app.
  2. Download the GPX tracks for this route.
  3. Print the detailed itinerary to have it with you while you bike.
  4. Contact the places you want to visit and make the necessary reservations.
  5. Either take your own bike or rent one – and enjoy!

Detailed itinerary

If you want to rent a bike, visit the Pro Velo shop at Liège train station but note that it is only open from Tuesday to Friday and that you will have to give the bike back at the same place. If you have your own bike, just take to the road!

Day 1: Brussels - Wavre

Distance: 52km

Travel time: 4 hours without a visit

The starting point for your trip is in Ixelles at Pro Velo. From there, cross the different, connected quarters of the city to Bois de la Cambre, one of the most beautiful green spaces in Brussels. Then, leave the city and continue your route for a dozen kilometres at the edge of the Sonian Forest until you reach the Waterloo Battlefield. Make the most of the opportunity to drop by the Wellington Museum to closely relive this historical event, but also to recharge with lunch in one of the many restaurants near to the museum.

Then, after this rest stop, cycle to Domaine Solvay and make a detour towards the Fondation Folon, in the castle’s farm to discover the touching world of this world-renowned Belgian artist.

After that, leave La Hulpe to reach Lake Genval at kilometre 42 and to enjoy a well-earned break in one of the chic cafés that border the lake, breathtaking view guaranteed!

Finally, continue to the city of Wavre to spend a night at Leonardo Hôtel Wavre and make the most of the facilities that the hotel has to offer: garden, swimming pool and also the gourmet restaurant ‘Blomi’. And if you still have some energy after this first day, drop by Aqualibi or the adventure park near the hotel.

Day 2: Wavre - Namur

Distance: 67km

Travel time: 5 hours without a visit

After a good breakfast, get ready to spend the day passing through the countryside of Hesbaye, also known as the breadbasket of the country! When leaving Wavre, pass by the the Provincial Park of the ‘Bois des Rêves’.

Then, reach the neighbouring student city of Louvain-la-Neuve and drop by the the Hergé Museum to experience the adventures of Tintin and Snowy.

Then cycle a dozen kilometres to Villers Abbey , a gem of the exceptional heritage of Belgium. Visit this haven of peace that will transport you through the ages.

Launched on your bike, pass by century-old farms, fill up on chocolate at ‘définitivement chocolat’, have your lunch at Gembloux and then continue the route to Namur, the starting point for your second leg!

After having dropped off your bags at the Hotel Ibis of Namur or at theyouth hostel of Namur, drop by the Citadel of Namur, an unmissable visit that will plunge you into the heart of history. To top off the evening, the charming city of Namur has plenty of restaurants to tickle your taste buds.

Day 3: Namur – Liège

Distance: 68km

Travel time: 5 hours without a visit

Today, get ready to follow the footsteps of the ‘Meuse by bike’ from RAVeL. Follow the rural route for a dozen kilometres until you arrive at the Ceramic Museum. Make the most of a small break to discover the local ceramics from Andenne. Then, return to the route for 10km and stop at the charming town of Huy. If you fancy a snack, 1660 or the Cadre Culinaire will tickle your taste buds! Pass by Tihange and fill up on chocolate at Taratata Caramel et Chocolat. Then mount your bike and get ready for a couple of small inclines, but you won’t mind them when you see the landscapes! Just before you arrive in the Cité Ardente, take a little tour of the Pays des Terrils de Saint Nicolas to discover the difficult work of mining coal. Once you arrive in the Cité Ardente at Hotel Neuvice you will forget the kilometres. For slightly tighter budgets, there is the youth hostel of Liège. Where you can also rest up. The welcome and the warmth of the residents them these different quarters can only charm you and give you another taste of victory after this leg.

Day 4 Liège – Durbuy

Distance: 71km

Travel time: 6 hours without a visit

Today you’re en route to Durbuy, the smallest city in the world! Start your journey by following the Meuse and pedal on the RAVeL for about thirty kilometres. About halfway, at kilometre 35, go discover the Cave of Comblain. And if you fancy an adventure, visit the Outsider. Then take the RAVeL again until the Domaine de Palogne and Château de Logne. On the Ardennes Route, you can watch the changing landscapes on the approach of this natural region, with its rocky massifs, large rivers and classic houses. A ride towards the Barvaux corn maze for a fun experience before continuing your journey on the RAVeL to the Confiturerie de Saint-Amour, in Durbuy. After this long leg and the beautiful inclines, leave your luggage at Hotel ‘la vie est belle‘ and make the most of a pick-me-up evening in the Perle des Ardennes!

Day 5 Durbuy – Rochefort

Distance: 53km

Travel time: 4 hours without a visit

You’re already at the halfway point! To start your day in the Pays de Famenne, first visit the Parc des Topiaires and allow yourself to be surprised by the plant sculptures bordering the Ourthe with an exceptional view of the Château de Durbuy. And if you want to swap your mount for a kayak one morning, take a trip on the Ourthe. Then return to your journey and after 15km stop at the Maison des Mégalithes to discover the menhirs of the first farmers of 5000 years ago. The continue your route on the RAVeLS until the interpretation centre Rivéo Hotton to explore the fabulous world of rivers, an activity that will delight both young and old. Still at Hotton, you can also visit the American cemetery of Hotton or the Caves of Hotton. There is a little more than 20km left to cycle before you reach your destination. On your route, make a stop at the Musée de la Famenne before you reach Rochefort, where you will be able to taste the famous Trappist beer of the same name at the Rochefort Abbey. After this full day of various activities, make the most of a well-earned evening and night at Hotel la Malle Poste. The many restaurants in the city will tickle your taste buds.

Day 6 Rochefort – Anhée

Distance: 58km

Travel Time: 4 hours without a visit

Today towards the heart of the valley of the Molignée! Start your day by following the RAVeL and after 10 kilometres, go to visit the famous caves of Han-sur-Lesse the wildlife park. Then, get back on your bike and on the RAVeLs, reach the Château de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne classed as a major heritage site in the Walloon region. And if you are looking for cosmetic products made from mares’ milk, the Ferme de Comogne 1km from the château will delight you. Then continue your bike ride and get ready for a little climb for the next kilometres. At kilometre 45, visit something amazing: the Autrucherie du Pont d’Amour! After having learned everything about the exotic ostriches, go to Dinant and make the most of a break in this unusual locale. Then, cycle a few more kilometres along the Meuse before leaving the river and following the direction of Anhée, an oasis of rivers and paradise for cyclists and spend the night in this village at the Hotel de la Molignée.

Day 7 Anhée – Walcourt

Distance: 42km

Travel time: 3 hours

The 7th day of discovering Wallonia will be a little gentler than the others. From Anhée, follow the Molignée river and if you want to experience a draisine for a couple of kilometres, a marriage between a quadracycle and a wagon, make a detour to the draisines of Molignée. Continue to theMaredsous Abbey and taste the beer and cheese made on the premises. A little bit further along, you have Maredret, village of multiple handicrafts and the Maredret Abbey, also offering local handicrafts and visits to the church and chapel of the abbey. Afterwards, cycle through pastures, copses and incised valleys to the Chocolaterie Vanlieff’s and taste the pralines in their workshop. Finally, you will arrive at the Hostellerie Dispa in Walcourt. To complete this small leg, spend an afternoon basking around the Eau d’Heure lakes.

Day 8 Walcourt – Charleroi

Distance: 50km

Travel time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Just a few steps from the Eau d’Heure Lakes, you will leave in the direction of the rich industrial heritage of the city of Charleroi. Leave the hotel, pass by the ’guinguette’ of the Étangs du Val d’Or, a community and cultural site, and rejoin the RAVeL. On your route that will take you to Thuin, pass through Ragnies, one of the most beautiful villages of Wallonia and make a detour of 19 kilometres to the Distillerie de Biercée which produces both gin and whisky. In Thuin explore the paved medieval city, known for its hanging gardens and belfry, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. If you love trains, stop at the Musée du Tram Vicinal and if you prefer boats, there is the Écomusée de la Batellerie. After this stop in the medieval city, discover little by little the flora and fauna on the border of the Sambre, sprinkled with picturesque locks and old barges. Take advantage of Aulne’s Cistercian abbey. Finally, watch the natural countryside that turns into industrial sites whose charm is in the discovery of their history. You will arrive at the Leonardo Hotel in Wavre or, depending on your choice, at the youth hostel of Charleroi.

Day 9: Charleroi - Mons

Distance: 67km

Travel time: 4 hours

Prepare to have a front-row seat for this day to contemplate the rich industrial heritage of the coal mines and the famous hydraulic lifts within nature that reclaimed its place, invading slag heaps and derelict factories.

Leave Charleroi and at 28k on your route, take the time to stroll around the park and gardens of the the Château of Seneffe and have lunch in the Brasserie de l’Orangerie. Then, get back on your bike and pedal to the Canal du Centre historique, vestige of the historical heritage recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Then, after 5km by bike, visit Bois-du-Luc ecomuseum, a remarkable mining village preserved in its entirety. Then continue your discovery of this region rich in industrial history to the Strépy-Thieu boat lift , an exceptional funicular work. Continue your route on the RAVeL to Mons and after this long journey, make a rest stop at theyouth hostel of Mons or even at Hotel Elliniko.

Day 10 : Mons-Ath

Distance : 47 km

Travel time: 3 hours

For this 5th day of adventure, towards the Terre de Géants! Before leaving the city of Mons, take a little trip in front of the Hanging Garden, a small, hidden green space in the city. After a few kilometres, take the time to climb the Terril du Crache, which will offer you a breathtaking view on the Chaîne des Terrils Boraine, then visit the PASS, the scientific adventure park in Frameries situated below the slag heap. And if you’re more of a fan of contemporary art, we have something you have to see! Continue for 5km to reach the Grand-Hornu. At kilometre 20, prop up your bikes and take the opportunity for a break in the leisure park Belgium Cable Park. After 15 kilometres, visit the unmissable Château de Belœil ‘the Belgian Versailles’! Then pedal for another 15km to reach the Cité des Géants in Ath and spend the night in the Hotel du Parc.

Day 11: Ath - Brussels

Distance: 65km

Travel time: 5 hours without a visit

For this last leg, leave Ath and follow the countryside routes for about 20 kilometres to the Domaine d’Enghien, which is part of the exceptional Park & Gardens heritage in Walloonia. Allow a little time to discover the park and the château.

Then continue in the direction of Hal and discover the Bois de Hal, which attracts thousands of visitors every year during the blooming of the hyacinths in the month of April.

Then gently go up towards the capital and make a stop in one of the picturesque villages of Pajottenland, known for their fruity beers. And finally, reach the capital and make a detour to the WIELS Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art. Then, still a few turns of the pedals and you arrive at the Grand Place de Bruxelles for the end of your adventure!

More information ?

  • 11-days bike rental: 132€
  • Organisation and booking of the services
  • Extra costs at the restaurants
  • Luggage transportation
  • Travel insurance