This new hiking trip combines nature, local products and heritage. This itinerary created by the Sentiers de Grande Randonnée (GR) takes you from the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy de Rochefort to the Abbey of Notre-Dame d’Orval, where two of our Walloon Trappist beers are brewed and listed as part of the cultural and intangible heritage of UNESCO. The complete trip consists of 6 stages for a total of 116 kilometres through the Belgian Ardennes.
All along this route, you will cross majestic forests and typical Ardennes villages such as Redu, Daverdisse, Mortehan, … Enjoy these landscapes at the rhythm of your steps.
The Sentier des Abbayes is the ideal solution for all types of walkers: marked path (GR), quality accommodation, luggage transport, guide application and information on the region. Everything is planned so that you can make the most of the region and its beauties.
Hiking in freedom – Variable duration from 6 to 8 days – Departure all year round according to your availability and your possibilities.
Day 1Rochefort Reception in Rochefort in the afternoon and delivery of the complete file. Possibility to visit the village of Rochefort and its castle. Evening meal included.
Day 2Rochefort – Resteigne ( 20,05 km ; +344m ) The departure is at the Abbey Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy where the Rochefort Trappist beer is brewed. This first stage has a fairly varied gradient: a steep climb out of Rochefort followed by a slight plateau in the Han-sur-Lesse area before descending to the bottom of the valley and then gradually climbing back up until the end of the stage. During this stage, you will pass through the different villages of Hamerenne, Han-sur-Lesse and Auff, passing by the Han Caves and the Lorette Caves.
Day 3Resteigne – Redu (22 km ; +579m ) This stage is mainly in the forest and has various valleys: the Resteigne, Redu and Daverdisse valleys. After crossing the Lesse, this route takes you to Redu, the book capital and a typical Ardennes village.
Day 4Redu – Paliseul (23 km ; +292m ) This new stage connects Redu to Paliseul with a single strong descent between Redu and Lesse followed by a long progressive climb to Paliseul. You will cross the villages of Lesse and Maissin as well as the Chenet wood. Pleasant forest trails all along this stage.
Day 5Paliseul – Mortehan (27 km ; +374m ) Today’s stage is longer than the other days but does not present any particular difficulty. You will walk mostly in the woods on a long plateau with little relief. You will also pass by the Castle of the Fairies which will take you back to the Middle Ages.
Day 6Mortehan – Martué ( 22 km ; +442m ) This penultimate stage is a succession of climbs and descents, but the effort will be rewarded as you will cross most of our beautiful Ardennes forests before gradually arriving in the Gaume via the Herbeumont valley.
Day 7Martué – Orval ( 11km ; +92m ) After a last night in Martué, you set off again on the Abbey Trail for this short final stage with the Notre-Dame d’Orval Abbey, which brews the famous Orval Trappist beer, as the end point. This last day is not difficult but has a special feature: you will hike for about 3 kilometers along the natural French-Belgian border. Congratulations, you’ve done 116 km in 6 stages, all that’s left is to visit this beautiful abbey and taste one of our Belgian prides. You can choose to take the return journey on arrival in the late afternoon or relax for an extra night in Villers-devant-Orval.
Dates / prices
Prices and formulas
|With Transport||Without Transport||With Transport||Without Transport|
|5 nights||665,00 €||595,00 €||1025,00 €||935,00 €|
|6 nights||785,00 €||715,00 €||1145,00 €||1035,00 €|
|Extra night||105,00 €||–||155,00 €||–|
- half-board accommodation at each stage in a *** hotel or ****
- Breakfast and 3 course dinner
- Luggage transport
- Possible transfers from the end of the stage to the accommodation
- Return journey at the end of the hike
- Free parking on departure
- Roadbook GR
- Complete folder with information brochures, luggage tags, etc.
- personal expenses and insurance
- anything not indicated in “Price includes”.