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De Marche-en-Famenne à La-Roche-en-Ardenne (stage 7)

From Marche-en-Famenne to La-Roche-en-Ardenne

Medium
Medium
Length (in km)
28 km

You head towards Hotton along the RAVeL and leave behind you Marche-en-Famenne, a dynamic town that is the economic centre of the Province of Luxembourg. When you reach Hotton, a small town with undeniable tourist attractions, you can go underground to explore the caves, awarded two stars in the Michelin guide.

Following small roads through the pretty villages of Hampteau, Rendeux, Marcourt and Jupille, with their typical Ardennes architecture, you can admire the superb landscapes sculpted by the Ourthe. This peaceful river, which still resounds with tales and legends of the Ardennes, is the perfect place to tickle fish.
This stage ends in Roche-en-Ardenne, also known as ‘the city of Berthe’, a likeable ghost who haunts the ruins of the medieval castle. A visit not to be missed. 
 

Details

The route:
Starting from the roundabout on the urban boulevard near place de l’Étang and the Tourist Office, you follow chaussée de l'Ourthe as far as the cultural and sports centre, where the RAVeL towards Hotton begins. You follow the RAVeL alongside the Roi Albert military camp for about eight kilometres and then the cycle path along the N86 and some municipal roads to the centre of Hotton.
Next you head towards La Roche-en-Ardenne and follow the detailed description. This second part of the route includes sections on its own path and stretches along quiet little roads away from motor traffic, but also the N833 which only has a cycle path in some places. Take care.

Surface: 
Smooth (asphalt or concrete)

Height difference:
Generally imperceptible incline. There is, however, a slight climb between Hotton and Hampteau.

Signs:
You will spend much of your time on a signposted route (blue directional panels) except between Hotton and La Roche-en-Ardenne, where the signs are sometimes missing. The panels identifying the EV5 route have not yet been put up. You can refer to the interactive map on our website, the RAVeL map of the Province of Luxembourg, download the detailed description as a PDF file or download the GPX file below to organise your trip as well as possible.
Note that between Marche-en-Famenne and Hotton, you can follow the waymarks of the nodal-points network (NP) of the Pays de Famenne region. From NP No 27, follow NP Nos 22, 21 and 19. 

Safety, precautions: 
Take care when crossing the regional roads N86 (approximately 1 kilometre and 8 kilometres from the start) and the N833 as you leave Rendeux at approximately kilometre 16.5. Between Jupille and Laroche, you have to follow a four-kilometre stretch on the N833 where you will need to be very alert as the traffic is steady and fast.

Connections:

  • Again in Hotton, you can turn onto the pre-RAVeL of the old local railway line that takes you to Ny and Érezée (local line No 620).
Warnings
Useful info

Start:

Marche-en-Famenne, NP 27, at the roundabout at the end of boulevard du Nord. Opposite the Tourist Office in place de l’Étang.
Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 219576 m – Y: 102526 m
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°13’46.90” – Longitude: 5°20’38.04” E
Access by train: Marche-en-Famenne railway station one kilometre from the centre.
Access by car: Pay car park in place de l'Étang, free parking at the cultural and sports centre.

Finish:
La Roche-en Ardenne, place du Bronze
Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 236226 m – Y: 97237 m
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°10’47.81” N – Longitude: 5°34’33.67” E

 

Rest areas:

Hotton (right bank of the Ourthe), La Roche-en-Ardenne 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.
  • Map of the Pays de Famenne region by bike (nodal points), distributed by the Tourist Offices.


Around the route by bike:

Stage map
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