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De Bastogne à Martelange (stage 5)

On the pre-RAVeL lines 163 and 618

Medium
Medium
Length (in km)
27 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.
When you reach Martelange, you may decide to continue on towards Redange, Arlon and Luxembourg city on the cycling routes network of the Grand Duchy.
 

Details

The route:
Starting from Bastogne-Sud railway station, the route follows the pre-RAVeL of the old 163 railway line towards Sibret for 1.8 km. In the Isle-le-Pré district you leave the pre-RAVeL and turn left onto 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. Stones on the two pre-RAVeL paths 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 stretch of one kilometre between Strainchamps and Bodange (unmade forest path).

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

Signs: 
Specific W9 directional signs are in place along the entire route. You can also consult the detailed description by clicking here.

Safety, precautions: 
Caution is needed at two points: when crossing the N85 in Isle-le-Pré and when crossing the N848 in Radelange + 900 metres that have to be covered on this regional road.

Connections:

  • In Martelange, you can turn onto 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:

Bastogne, place de la Gare (former Bastogne-Sud train station).

Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 246142 m - Y: 77378 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 49° 59' 59'' N - Longitude: 05° 42' 35'' E

Access by car: N4 or E25, then N84 for two kilometres to the centre. Then turn right onto the N85 towards Neufchâteau. After 250 metres, turn right into avenue de la Gare. The railway station is 200 metres further on.
Once you have parked, opposite the station, turn left and then right. Click here to see the detailed description of the rest of the route.

 

Finish:

Martelange, sports centre car park.

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 upon arriving in Martelange (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. https://www.lvi.lu/
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