The Meuse by bike, along the water's edge
Are you longing for freedom? Hop on your bike and discover Wallonia by taking the towpaths and old railway tracks along the Meuse River from Givet (France) to Maastricht (Netherlands).
Wild nature alternates with industrial heritage. Once over the French border, Waulsort Abbey welcomes you to Hastière. The ferryman, who takes his ferry from one bank to the other, can still be seen there. Next, go along the high limestone cliffs leading to the castle of Freÿr, then to the Bayard Rock. You're now in Dinant.
A break is in order: take advantage of the cable car to reach the citadel and its view over the valley. Then take the road on the right riverbank to see Leffe's Abbey. On the other riverbank come first the Annevoie Gardens, then the imposing Mosan villas of Godinne and finally Wépion and its famous strawberries.
In the distance, the Vauban Citadel overlooks Namur... You'll enter a more industrial quarry setting, a shipyard, to arrive in the province of Liège. You're welcomed into the Mosan city of Huy without having to face its wall that's well known to cycling enthusiasts.
You arrive next in the Liège iron and steel basin. On the way, you'll pass alongside the Val Saint Lambert crystal factory before reaching Liège and its lively neighbourhoods via the Parc de la Boverie. You will end your journey in Visé, the last town before the border and the city of Maastricht.
This route of around 150km belongs to the EuroVelo 19 network.