Walking in the Ardennes
Belgium, Luxembourg and the Ardennes
Walking in the Ardennes covers 32 day walks between 2 and 24km and one multi-stage route, the Sentier du Nord. The Ardennes region in southern Belgium overlaps into Luxembourg and France and features rolling hills, deep valleys, rivers and wide reaches of forest. Walks take in WW2 battlefields, medieval castles, towns and villages.
Seasonswalks can be done at any time of year; June and September are best as accommodation is open, crowds are unlikely and there is a good chance of decent weather
CentresBelgium: Dinant, Spa, Bouillon, Malmedy and La Roche-en-Ardenne; Luxembourg: Clervaux
Difficultywalks have no technical difficulties but vary considerably in length and height gain; no specialist equipment is required
Must Seethe extraordinary and renowned habitat of the Hautes Fagnes; the cave systems at Han-sur-Lesse or Rochefort; Bouillon and its castle; the military museum at Diekirch in Luxembourg
This guidebook contains detailed route descriptions of 32 varied day walks and one 68km trek (split into 6 stages) in the Ardennes, situated mostly in Belgium and spreading over the borders of France and Luxembourg. The day walks range from 2km to 24km, and the trek can be split into manageable stages, varying from 8km to 20km.
The walks can be completed by anyone with comfortable hiking boots. This comprehensive guidebook fits into a jacket pocket or rucksack, and contains information on the history of the Ardennes, where to stay, what to take and more, with custom-maps given for each walk. These beautiful and historic walks are manageable all year round, with June and September being the best time to go. Plenty of history and nature is on hand, including relics and museums of the WWII Battle of the Bulge, medieval castles, and beech and oak-forested hills.
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After a short commission in the Army, Jeff Williams trained in paediatric medicine and worked as a consultant paediatrician in North Wales for 30 years. During that time he wrote walking and climbing guides for the Stubai, Silvretta and Ötztal Alps, as well as Cicerone's 'Walking in the Drakensberg'. Jeff also trained as a safari guide in South Africa and currently teaches new guides and lectures in North Wales on safari guiding and walking.View author profile
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