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French & Belgian Ardennes / 160k loop / River Meuse to Bouillon

2360 MT of elevation / 33% gravel double track / 33% tarmac cycle-paths / 32% national roads / 1% hike-a-bike / medium level of difficulty


Interactive map and GPX file below



How we got there


Most of the time we put the bikes on the train, ride and then take the train back. From Brussels, our home city, there are good options to get to interesting places like this one. Except this time there were problems with the train lines so we had to take the car and do a loop bike ride. Driving from Brussels to Fumay took us a couple of hours.


Day 1: from Fumay to Buillon


The first day we started cycling at about 10:30 in the morning, during the day we took at least 3 good breaks of 40 mins each, and cycled at about 20k/h average. At that pace we could have gotten to Bouillon at 5 or 6pm, but we got lost ! very lost... that put us behind a couple of hours. Luckily Bouillon is a touristic place so restaurants were still open and serving when we arrived. We spent the night in a hostel.

The total elevation for the day is about 1350 mt.


Day 2: from Fumay to Buillon


After breakfast we started to head back on the national route N810 for about 7 km and then we took more quiet roads and cycle paths, mostly on tarmac which made the way back faster. All the way back follows first the River Semois and then the River Meuse.

The total elevation for the day is about 1000 mt.




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