Gravel in Ardenne
Want to try gravel? Then these two days are made for you!
Besides the beautiful, remote landscape, this route offers a great variety of terrain, from asphalt that makes you ride a bit faster to gravel paths in the middle of nature and mountain bike trails. The route we suggest is part of the Ardennes Crossbow, which goes all the way back to Liège. The full tour takes five to six days, but we have come up with a route that is ideal for a two-day outing.
The route starts at Liege station with a ravel. After that, the route passes through fields and forests. Before you reach Dolhain, there are a few obstacles where you have to lift your bike to get through the fields. Next, the route passes the beautiful Lac de la Gileppe, Scandinavian scenery guaranteed! Finally, the route reaches Baraque Michel and the Signal de Botrange. The first day ends with a beautiful route along the river La Warche.
The second day starts with some steep climbs that will burn your legs. The slopes give way to muddy paths when it rains. The 50 km of the second day are just as tiring as the 90 km of the first!
As you can see, this route is designed for sportier cyclists with gravel or mountain bikes who want a change in scenery. We recommend you do the route from Liège to Gouvy and not the other way around: generally, the ‘mountain bike’ sections are downhill.
For accommodation, there is camping Le Moulin halfway along the route, but you have to be aware that there are few restaurants and shops in the area. You can also find accommodation suitable for cyclists labelled Bienvenue vélo.
Need material for your trip? Book bikes and panniers via our website.
- Departure station: Liège
- End station: Gouvy
- Distance: 140 km
- Ascending elevation: 2100 m
- Duration: 2 days