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EuroVelo 19 - La Meuse à vélo

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Length (in km)
147 km

Sur la Route des Citadelles

The Meuse by bike, the first long-distance cycling route fully signposted and waymarked in Wallonia, enables you to cover 147 km following one of Europe's most beautiful river valleys. Whether you leave from the French border near Givet or the Dutch border near Maastricht, the rural landscapes you will encounter, created by this majestic river, will take you to explore the magnificent natural and industrial heritage of Wallonia.

Along this Citadels route, mainly on the path of the Meuse RAVeL away from motor traffic, you will have the opportunity to visit the four strongholds of Wallonia, Dinant, Namur, Huy and Liège.

The Meuse by bike in Wallonia is part of an international route stretching around 1,000 kilometres that follows the banks of the Meuse from its source in the Vosges massif in France to its estuary near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

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Route Stages : EuroVelo 19 - La Meuse à vélo 5

De Givet (F) à Dinant (stage 1)
On Line 156 and the Meuse RAVeL

As soon as you enter Wallonia, you sense the relaxing atmosphere of Line 156 and the banks of the Meuse. On the RAVeL along the old railway line No 156, a few elements of railway heritage have been preserved. The Meuse RAVeL, the main thread along your ride, takes you through Hastière, a typical Mosan village. As you go round one of the bends in the winding river, you see Waulsort castle, not far from the prestigious Freyr castle, surrounded by its famous gardens and rocks, a mountain climbing centre in Wallonia.

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Length (in km)
24 km
De Dinant à Namur (stage 2)
On the Meuse RAVeL

As you leave the town of the Copères (as the people of Dinant are known) along the RAVeL on the left bank of the Meuse, several hectares of vines can be seen growing on the side of the valley. Just before Anhée, the ruins of the feudal castle of Poilvaches overlook the Meuse from their rocky spur. Here you are in the most beautiful part of the Meuse valley with its many cliffs and superb settings such as the famous Annevoie gardens.

When you reach Rivière, look up. You may see those daredevils of the skies, hang-gliders, who have launched themselves from the top of the Sept Meuses beauty spot.
 

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Length (in km)
28 km
De Namur à Huy (stage 3)
On the Meuse RAVeL

The city of Namur, capital of Wallonia and the gateway to the Ardennes, is a multi-faceted place. From the Citadel, overlooking the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, to its historic centre, the art of good living is everywhere. You leave Namur following the RAVeL on the right bank of the Meuse and go past the remarkably restored site of the Moulins de Beez mill complex.

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Length (in km)
31 km
De Huy à Liège (stage 4)
On the Meuse RAVeL and connecting cycle paths

As you leave the old fortified city of Huy, the cooling towers of the Tihange nuclear power plant stand before you. After a few kilometres along the RAVeL on the right bank of the Meuse, you will see on your left the towers of Amay collegiate church dating from the 7th century. Liège, the city of the prince-bishops, appears before you with the prestigious Val Saint Lambert site just as you enter.

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Length (in km)
39,5 km
De Liège à Maastricht (NL) (stage 5)
On the RAVeL of the Meuse and the Albert canal

Starting from Liège on the right bank of the Meuse, you leave behind you the slopes of the Citadel which provide a spacious green area for walkers right in the centre of the city, remembering its historic centre, the Carré district and the countless museums. Just before the Dutch border, you cross Visé, the city of the goose, where you can admire the Ferme du Temple, a farm built by the Templars in the 13th century.
 

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Length (in km)
25 km
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