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De Hompré (Vaux-sur-Sûre) à Martelange

On the Line 618 pre-RAVeL

Medium
Medium
Length (in km)
18 km
 cavalier

This route follows the old local railway line 618, now set out as a pre-RAVeL path between the Strange lakes in Hompré and Martelange. You cross through many villages in the Pays de Bastogne region, in the peaceful, idyllic setting of the Strange and the Sûre valleys. Set largely in a Natura 2000 protected area, the surrounding countryside literally invites you to dawdle. Once you reach Martelange, you may decide to continue on towards Redange and Luxembourg city on the cycling routes network of the Grand Duchy.

In the commune of Fauvillers, metal ‘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.

Details

The route:
The pre-RAVeL of the old local railway line 618 goes through Hollange, Strainchamps, Bodange, Wisembach and Radelange before arriving at the border town of Martelange.
 
Surface: 
Fine stones on Line 618, 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. Difficult stretch of one kilometre between Strainchamps and Bodange (unmade forest path).
 
Height difference: 
Flat or imperceptible incline.
 
Signs: 
The entire route is marked by specific ‘Line 618’ directional signs.
 
Safety, precautions: 
Take care when crossing the N848 regional road in Radelange and on the 900 m section to be followed along the same road.
 
Connections:

  • At the end of the route to Martelange, you can turn onto the EuroVelo 5 by joining the national cycling routes network of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in order to reach Redange, Arlon or Luxembourg city.
Warnings
Useful info

Start:
Site of the old Hompré local railway station.

Coordinates Lambert 72: X: 245145 m - Y: 71080 m.

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 49° 56' 36.40'' N - Longitude: 05° 41' 39.59'' E.

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Site of the Strange lakes in Hompré.

Coordinates Lambert 72: X: 245322 m - Y: 69986 m.

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 49° 56' 0.89'' N - Longitude: 05° 41' 47.48'' E.

Parking: several parking spaces at the starting point.
 
 

Finish:
Martelange, sports hall car park, rue de Radelange, along the N848.

Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 247925 m - Y : 58696 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude :49°49'54'' N - Longitude : 5°43'48'' E

 

Rest areas:

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

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