La vallée de la Semois

Explore the Semois Valley National Park and the GR16 with Europ’Aventure

Fancy an escape to the heart of nature that combines discovery and respect for the environment? Do you know the Semois Valley National Park, this jewel of biodiversity and history, accessible via the mythical GR16?

Discover the richness of the valley while benefiting from the organization and expertise of Europ’Aventure. Ideal for families and beginners, this hike offers a unique experience for nature enthusiasts

Routes in the Semois valley

Venture into the heart of the Semois Valley National Park with one of the new hikes designed by Europ’Aventure. This exclusive route, traced along the paths of the mythical GR16, promises total immersion in one of the most beautiful regions of the Gaume.

An enchanting journey

This hiking trail lets you discover the Semois Valley National Park from new perspectives. Starting from the winding meanders of the Semois, this route guides you through forestsancestral, valleyshidden, and picturesque villages for which the region is famous. Borrowing selected segments of the GR16, the route is dotted with exceptional viewpoints where nature offers itself to you in all its splendo

A course open to all

Designed to suit your pace and preferences, this route can be completed in several stages, allowing you to savor every moment of the ride without haste. Whether you’re looking for a family adventure, a escapade with friends, or a lonely retreat into the wilderness, this itinerary promises unexpected memories and discoveries in the heart of this national park.

Natural and cultural attractions

The proposed hike within the Semois Valley allows you to discover its biodiversity and its heritage.

At the heart of this adventure, the village of Chassepierre opens its doors to you, an enchanting place recognized as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Wallonia”. Its picturesque charm and serene ambience make it a must-see stop on your tour. What’s more, the Roche Pinco viewpoint offers breathtaking panoramas over the various meanders of the Semois.

Along the way, nature is very rich; from wetlands to dense forests where calm reigns. The fauna and flora of the Semois Valley National Park testify to the ecological richness of the region. Attentive hikers will have the chance to experience little moments of wonder.

Semois Valley National Park: conservation and sharing

The Semois Valley National Park has put a lot of effort into preserving its richness and biological diversity of the Gaume.

A vision becomes reality

Since its creation, this National Park has been driven by a clear vision: to protect and enhance the unique natural heritage of the valley through a deep commitment to environmental conservation.

At the same time, these places are made accessible and educational for the public, promoting environmental awareness.

A triple commitment

The park is dedicated to three main objectives: preservation of biodiversity, environmental education, and promotion of sustainable development.

By preserving species and their habitats, the park ensures the protection of biodiversity for future generations.

At the same time, it strives to raise visitors’ awareness of the importance of the environment through educational activities and informative panels.

Finally, the park is committed to practices that support sustainable development, ensuring that natural resources are used responsibly.

Europ’Aventure considers sustainability to be fundamental and is fully aware of its responsibility towards the planet. To give concrete expression to its commitment to being a more sustainable company, Europ’Aventure has completed the certification process with Travelife and become a member of the ATR association.

Participants and partners: Essential collaboration

The success of the Semois Valley National Park is based on close collaboration between various players and partners. From local authorities to environmental organizations, to local communities and tourism businesses, each participant plays a crucial role in achieving the park’s goals. This collaborative approach ensures that all actions undertaken benefit both the environment and the people who live, work or visit the valley.

The GR16: Sentier de Grande Randonnée de la Semois (Semois long-distance hiking trail)

The GR16, winding along the picturesque Semois Valley, is more than just a hiking trail; it’s a true epic through the history, culture, and natural splendor of the region. This iconic trail offers hikers an immersive experience in the wild beauty of the Semois Valley National Park, enriching both mind and body.

Essence of the GR16

The GR16, with its carefully designed route along the Semois, has long captured the imagination of hikers and nature lovers alike. Its creation, the fruit of collaboration between hiking enthusiasts and local authorities, was primarily intended to highlight the valley’s breathtaking scenery and exceptional biodiversity.

By connecting historic villages and natural remarkable sites, the GR16 has played a key role in the development of local tourism. It attracts visitors from Belgium and beyond, who come to discover the region’s hidden treasures.

GR16 treasures in the National Park

Walking along the GR16 in the Semois Valley National Park, hikers discover emblematic sites that mark their journey. At Rocher du Hérou, a breathtaking panorama of a meander of the Semois awaits visitors, offering a striking natural spectacle. As you progress, the forest reveals its discreet fauna: deer, foxes and a variety of birds, a reminder of the richness of local biodiversity.

The trail also leads through charming villages such as Vresse-sur-Semois, where local crafts such as pottery invite you to discover traditions. Another curiosity is the Pont de Claies, a seasonal wooden bridge that perfectly illustrates the fusion of human ingenuity and respect for nature.

In partnership with asbl GR – Sentiers de Grande Randonnée

Since 2021, Europ’Aventure has been collaborating with l’asbl GR© and offering itinerant stays along GR© trails in Belgium. We collaborate on various projects and offer several stays along major itineraries in Belgium, including the GR16 de la Semois but also the Trappist Abbey Trail.

Exploring the GR16: Tips and best practices

For those ready to embrace the adventure offered by the GR16, a few tips are in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Equipment: Opt for sturdy, comfortable hiking boots, a well-balanced backpack, and clothing suited to the region’s variable weather conditions.
  • Safety: Always stay on marked trails, inform someone of your itinerary, and carry a detailed map as well as a charged phone for emergencies.
  • Respect for the environment: Follow the principles of Leave No Trace, by taking all your garbage with you, staying away from wildlife, and leaving no trace of your passage.

By following these recommendations and arming yourself with curiosity and respect for nature, you can be sure of a rewarding experience on the GR16.