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De Bastogne à Martelange (stage 9)

On the pre-RAVeL of Lines 163 and 618

Medium
Medium
Length (in km)
26 km

This stage takes you through many villages in the Pays de Bastogne region and the idyllic valleys of the Strange and the Sûre rivers set largely in a Natura 2000 protected area. You follow two sections of the old 163 and 618 railway lines, now laid out as pre-RAVeL paths, which once linked Bastogne to Libramont on the one hand and Bastogne to Martelange, at the gates of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, on the other.

In the commune of Fauvillers, educational ‘Tram Remembrance’ panels in the shape of the front of a locomotive bear the name of the old tram stops as well as local and historical information.

The route rises and falls at first before ending in the peace and quiet of an Ardennes valley.

After Martelange, the EuroVelo 5 continues towards Redange and Luxembourg city on the cycling route network of the Grand Duchy. 
 

Details

The route:
If you start from Bastogne-Sud railway station, the route follows the pre-RAVeL of the old No 163 line towards Sibret for 1.8 kilometres. At the official starting point in the Isle-le-Pré district, you leave the pre-RAVeL and follow a series of minor country roads leading to the villages of Assenois, Salvacourt and then Hompré. In the centre of this village, turn left towards the magnificent site of the Strange lakes, where you will be tempted to idle. The route then joins the pre-RAVeL of the old local railway line 618 which goes through Hollange, Strainchamps, Bodange, Wisembach and Radelange before arriving at the border town of Martelange.

Surface: 
Asphalt on the connecting routes, slightly damaged towards the end. Fine stones on the greenways, except in the commune of Martelange, where the pre-RAVeL has an asphalt surface. On the stony parts, some narrow sections between grass may be slightly uncomfortable or a little muddy for short stretches. Suitable for trekking bikes. Poor one-kilometre stretch between Strainchamps and Bodange (unmade forest path).

Height difference: 
On the connecting routes, slightly hilly. On the pre-RAVeL, flat.

Signs:

Specific EV5 directional signs are in place along the entire route. You can also consult the detailed description by clicking here.

Safety, precautions: 
Care is required at two points: as you cross the N85 near Isle-le-Pré and the N848 in Radelange. Stay alert along the 900-metre section on the N848 regional road.

Connections:

  • In Martelange, you can continue on the EV5 by joining the national cycling routes network of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in order to reach Redange, Arlon or Luxembourg city. Click here to see the detailed description.
Warnings
Useful info

Start:
To go to the start from the old Bastogne-Sud railway station, where you will be able to find somewhere to park: opposite the station turn left and then right and follow the Line 163 RAVeL for 1.8 kilometres towards Sibret as far as the Isle-le-Pré district.

Coordinates Lambert 72: X: 244912 m - Y: 76203 m.

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 49° 59' 22.32'' N - Longitude: 05° 41' 32.49'' E.

 

Rest areas:

Strange lakes in Hompré (for patrons only), Tannerie park in Martelange (upon arrival, behind the sports centre).

 

Guides/maps:

  • RAVeL maps of the Provinces of Luxembourg published by the SPW. These maps, called ‘More RAVeL, more pleasure’, can be ordered free of charge via the RAVeL website by clicking here.
  • For the Luxembourg national cycle paths (PC), see the map ‘Luxembourg By Cycle’  from the association LVI, the Luxembourg cycling initiative: www.lvi.lu.
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