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Ardennes, Belgium - Trappist Beer Trail
This independent walking holiday is the second part of the Belgium Trappist Beer Trail, through the Ardennes in southern Wallonia. This section of the long distance walk passes through the Meuse and Lesse Valleys and ambles through picturesque undulating countryside with numerous pretty villages, finishing in the village of Rochefort, home of the Trappist beer of the same name.
Our self-guided walking holiday is a great way to discover Belgium's pretty countryside as well as some classic Belgium beers, including Rochefort, one of a select number of trappist beers. Monastery brewhouses, from different religious orders, have existed across Europe since the Middle Ages. There are 6 recognised Trappist beers in Belgium, brewed by monks (or under their supervision) and adhering to the label which seeks to protect the name from being used by commercial companies.
The Ardennes in southern Belgium has rolling hills and ridges cut through by rivers such as the Meuse. The valley sides can be steep in places especially along the main rivers. Extensive forests cover these steep slopes as well as other areas where the terrain is rugged. Away from the ridges and hills, arable and dairy farming surround the pretty historic villages and chateaux. Among the settlements which you'll discover are Hastiere with its remarkable medieval abbey church, Celles with the Veves chateau aand Rochefort with its trappist abbey and beer.
At the start of your walking tour you arrive at Dinant in the Meuse Valley, the original home of Leffe beer. The town's main landmark is the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant, which was rebuilt in Gothic style in the 13th century. Above the church rises the vertical flank of the rocher surmounted by the fortified Citadel of Dinant that was first built in the 11th century.
This self-guided or independent walking holiday in southern Belgium is moderate in grade and made up of 5 walks moving between guest houses. The walks average about 19km with limited ascents and descents although some paths can be rough and stoney in places with the odd steeper section.
Day 1: Arrival
Transfer from Dinant train station to your guest house in Ardennes region of Belgium.
Possible extra night in Dinant at the start of the walking holiday.
Day 2: Vodelee - Hastiere
From Vodolee, you'll soon reach the pretty village of Solme, its 60 or so historic dwellings grouped around its church. Then you'll follow a 10km trail in the wild and isolated Hermeton Valley, at the end of which you'll reach the village of Hastiere. Hastiere is in fact two villages, one on each side of the Meuse River. Hastiere is known for its abbey church dedicated to Saint Pierre. The benedictine abbey was founded in 900 by Irish monks. The abbey church was built between 1033 and 1035 and its imposing architecture is of a pure Romanesque style. 20km
Day 3: Hastiere - Furfooz
After a brief section by the Meuse River, climb the secluded Cascatelles Valley and reach the top of the rise for wonderful views over the Meuse Valley. Pass the ruins of Chateau Thierry and pass through the wooded Nature Reserve Calebi. More viewpoints as you follow the Lesse Valley to reach the village of Furfooz. On the way there's the opportunity to visit the Caracole Brewery. 20km
Day 4: Furfooz - Chevetogne
Pass through the Furfooz Nature Reserve, important for its geology as well as its flora and fauna. A small detour takes you to Chateau Veves whose origins date from the 12th century. Afterwards, pass through the picturesque village of Celles with its church dating from the 11th century. Mixed walking with forests and fields leads to Chevetogne. 22km
Day 5: Chevetogne - Grand Sinsin
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking or trekking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
On our independent walking holiday in southern Belgium, you will stay in a number of charming bed & breakfasts, guest houses and small hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses used on the holiday are shown below. They are very comfortable guest houses and hotels where you'll receive a warm welcome. 3 evening meals included in holiday price.
|La Ferme des Belles Gormandes||Guest House||Charming guest house located in a restored 18th century farm. Warm welcome and great food.|
|La Malle Poste||Hotel||Lovely hotel in an historic building in the heart of Rochefort.||3 stars|
Transfers included from Dinant train station
Flights or TGV train to Brussels. Flights to Brussels from all major airports. Eurostar from London. Local trains services from Brussels to Dinant, via Namur. Journey time 2 hours from Brussels. Transfer from Dinant to first guest house included in holiday.
End of holiday, transfer included to Rochefort-Jemelle train station. Local trains from Rochefort-Jemelles to Brussels, journey time 2 hours.
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a walking holiday before booking any travel plans. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Belgium on your behalf.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel. There is also the crossing from Hull to Zeebrugge.
From Calais to your first guest house takes about 3 hours (excluding breaks).
We can provide further advice about parking for the week at the time of booking.