Malmedy’s trailsIMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The ExtraTrail concept is now in place in the commune of MALMEDY. The 8, 18, 27 and 39 KM routes and connections to Stavelot and Jalhay are now operational.

You can run freely. The use of the trails is the responsibility of the individual. EXTRATRAIL cannot be held liable for any damage or injuries to users of our trails.
Some structures (bridges or duckboards) or very technical paths are not designed for fast paced travel. EXTRATRAIL encourages trail runners and Nordic walkers to approach these sections with caution and not to run.

No compensation can be claimed from ASBL EXTRATRAIL, the owner of the site or the infrastructure manager in the EVENT of an incident or accident occurring along our routes to a user of these structures.
In areas frequented by walkers and families, we highly recommend being friendly and courteous so that everyone can enjoy these often unique spots.
The EXTRATRAIL trails are designed exclusively for use in the daytime in order to avoid issues with nocturnal wildlife.

This website gives precise indications of the routes, the state of the paths, precautions to be taken, a weather update, practical information and closures in case of storm warnings or hunts.
The red and black Malmedy routes are entrances to the Hautes Fagnes/Eifel Nature Park. Access is regulated to this very sensitive biotope. During certain periods, a temporary ban on entry to the nature reserve may be posted, for example, due to the risk of fire or in the case of heavy snow. Never enter this area if the red flag has been raised. Check the website HAUTES-FAGNES.BE for the current flag colour.

Malmedy’s ExtraTrail: Exceptional routes to be enjoyed in moderation 

The Malmedy’s trails have been carefully developed in close collaboration with a team of passionate trail runners and organizers of well-known events such as the Trail des Hautes Fagnes and Trail des Idylles. These trails offer a wide variety of landscapes and a range of technical difficulties. They were created using the "Sity Trail" platform and ground signs with easily-identifiable markers.

THE MALMEDY TRAIL? WHEN NATURE GOES HAND IN HAND WITH ADVENTURE

The history of Malmedy dates back to the 7th century when the town was built around a monastery founded around 648 by Saint Remacle, a Prior originally from Aquitaine (France).
From the 16th century, several industries developed in Malmedy (tanneries and draperies). Together with its neighbour, Stavelot, it became one of the largest tannery centres in Europe during the 17h century.
Malmedy’s great importance in this industry derived from its geographic location. Nestled in the heart of large forests, Malmey’s abundant source of tannin as well as the two rivers (the Warche and the Warchenne) were essential in providing the hydraulic energy required to operate the mills. The history of Malmedy (including museums, themed exhibitions and much more) can be discovered in an attractive and interactive manner at the Malmundarium.

At the entrance to the Haute Fagnes, Malmedy is characterised by incised valleys, where turbulent streams formed small waterfalls to join the Warche and, further along, the Amblève. By following these small watercourses, we come to the Haute Fagnes plateau and its almost desert-like vast expanses resembling steppes.

Slow down your walk, open your eyes wide, listen and be enchanted by the songs of birds, the sound of the running stream and the whistling of the wind around the high plateaus.

INFO !
The 4 Malmedy trails (green 8 KM, blue 18 KM, red 27 KM and black 39 KM) begin in the town centre by the Tourist Office - Malmundarium (Place du Châtelet – GoogleMaps), by the Saint-Pierre Cathedral.
A second point of access for the black trail (39 KM) is from the Lake Robertville dam - GoogleMaps.

You can take a shower at the Malmedy Sports Centre for €1.50 per person.
 How does it work? Send a booking enquiry to hall.sport@belgacom.net, specifying the date and approximate arrival time (at least 48 hours in advance).
 The secretary will then confirm if there is any availability. A supervisor will be there to direct you and provide access to the changing rooms.
Malmedy Centre Sportif - Avenue du pont de Warche, 1 - 4960 Malmedy
080/799.050 - hall.sport@belgacom.net

MALMEDY-EXTRATRAIL-8 KM

Profile

Colour: Green
Distance: 8 KM
Incline: 310 metres
Duration: 1 - 2.5 hours
Difficulty: ++
Start: Town centre (Malmundarium - Tourist Office)

Description

The starting point is in the town centre by Saint Pierre Cathedral and the Malmundarium (Place du Chatelet 9 - 4960 Malmedy). Pass the main entrance by the Cathedral and take Rue Derrière l'Eau. At the end of this road, turn left and take the small paved street (Grètèdar) in an old Malmedy District that you’ll leave almost immediately to your right. Take the single track road that takes you away from the town centre in just a few steps.
The path climbs gently over the contour lines to finally tackle the relief in a zig-zag when you reach the Livremont District. Overhanging just above the residences, the path oscillates through nature with this wood home to several rare plant species but also some geological curiosities such as the pudding (detrital sedimentary rock).
The path takes you to the steps of the “calvaire” (a succession of small religious monuments) then you will descend and follow the rear of the Malmundarium (former Abbey). On arriving at the corner of its perimeter wall, turn right and follow Rue du Rond Thier which will leave you at KM 1.75 by taking a right of way to your left, above a cemetery (along a garage).
At the end of this passage, cross the N68 (take care when crossing it). A little left-right takes you to the large MovieMills car park that you will cross completely by keeping the Warche (river) on your right until your reach the back of the new cinema complex. When reaching the building, turn left to take the wide footbridge allowing you to cross the Warche (river), to see it better pass 100m further along at the corner of an industrial building. The newly-developed cycle path takes you straight on towards the “Mon repos” swimming pool.
But rest is out of the question as, just after the swimming pool, a long hill awaits you on your left. We recommend pacing yourself as the climb is over 2 km. Along the way, don’t miss the lovely Bernister Chapel. Once at the top, take a magnificent little single track road that follows the undulations of the ridge before descending towards Vieille Voie de Liège (wide paved path). At least one of the views over Malmedy deserves a stop to admire the landscape and to take a selfie as a souvenir.
At the intersection of Vielle Voie de Liège and Rue Outrelepont, don’t declare victory just yet, as there is still an obstacle to tackle. The green route climbs one last time to the left along a road shaped by extreme weather. Your thigh muscles will be sore and you will be short of breath. The summit (KM 6.5) offers a reward: a superb panorama freshly cleared by recent logging activity.
The descent occurs at a good pace to Rue Outrelepont, at the end of which you turn right through the “hospital” area via the new footbridge before crossing the courtyard of Maison Cavens, Place de Rome then Rue Jules Steinbach to reach your departure point. Place Saint-Pierre, nearly upon you, opens its arms and it is unlikely that you will be able to resist a beer or an ice cream in one of the many town centre establishments.

Advice

Food and drink are suggested.
Mobile phone required.
Take care when crossing the highway (N62). Follow the highway code and use pedestrian crossings by the trail where possible.

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MALMEDY-EXTRATRAIL-18 KM

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Colour: Blue
Distance: 18 KM
Incline: 492 metres
Duration: 2 - 3.5 hours
Difficulty: ++
Start: Town centre (Malmundarium - Tourist Office)

Description

When leaving the Malmundarium, pass in front of the main entrance to the cathedral and leave on your left to join a path at the rear of the building. At the foot of the “calvaire”, the green trail is just a few metres away. As it leaves to the right, continue straight ahead along Rue du Rond-Thier until you reach the N68 (Rue de Grands Moulins).

Turn left then immediately right to cross the Warche over an old paved bridge that is generally blossoming in summer. Then begin a long climb through the Outrelepont district to reach Vieille Voie de Liège, a path that gradually dives into the forest. Don’t forget to look to your left to appreciate the view over the town of Malmedy and its surrounding hills.

At KM 2, turn left into the woods at the foot of the monument to Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918). This is a monument to commemorate when the French writer and poet stayed in the Stavelot-Malmedy region during the summer of 1899 while his mother, a Polish aristocrat, frequented the Spa casino to try and make her fortune. This stay in the region marked the life and work of the artist that was inspired by nature, landscapes and the people around him. It was also here that he met his first love, Maria Dubois, to whom he dedicated three beautiful acrostics. Apollinaire’s stay in Stavelot ended very abruptly when he secretly left the boarding house where he was staying at dawn on 5 October without paying what he owed.

On your right, take a moment to contemplate the landscape before you. It is not uncommon to see fog patches rising from the edges of Warche to envelop the peaks of the Wavreumont hills.

A forest path takes you along a slope for a good kilometre and a half until you pass a tunnel (on your right) under the E42. Cross the N62 carefully just in the tunnel axis to jump down from the road and take a path that borders the meadows located in the small village of Meiz (or Mé). At the end of the single track road, when you reach a small asphalt road, turn almost 180° to your left to reach the N68 that you will cross again but this time to pass under the RAVel Malmedy-Stavelot.

Continue climbing through the woods for a kilometre before joining the road that takes you to the Saint-Remacle Monastery in Wavreumont. The view is simply spectacular and looking to the small summits opposite you, you can see the deforested ridge via which the blue, red and black Stavelot trails leave the abbey town.

Just after the monastery, take a sharp left turn. Note that this is where the connection to the black Stavelot route is found.

Just after the bridge on motorway E42, turn right to follow a road dotted with large muddy puddles. Recent logging operations have cleared the way for a breathtaking view of the surrounding relief.

Cross the small hamlet of Chevofosse diagonally to join a single track road that will take you along a road taking you to the village of Warche. The views are magnificent but, being objective, the noise from the motorway is not the most pleasant.

Fortunately, calm is quickly restored after leaving the village of Warche. By following the watercourse that flows peacefully through a wide isolated valley, you can enjoy the area’s beauty.

At KM 11.5, you leave the stone path to follow a narrow route along the Warche river as far as KM 12.5. On the hillside, you pass through a very wild, wooded area on a rugged single track interspersed with some streams that run down on your right. Be careful of the stones and roots, which are particularly slippery when damp. You then leave the bed of the Warche river to reach the Rock of Falize, which offers a breath-taking view across the valley.

Climb a few more metres and you’ll reach a short asphalt section. Food enthusiasts will be drawn to the La Ferme des Bruyères restaurant with its terrace offering a breathtaking view of the valley you have just climbed.

The small muddy single track road allows you to leave the hamlet of Cligneval taking you to Bellevaux to discover a breathtaking view of the Amblève valley.

Upon reaching the village of Xhurdebise, you will no doubt have the chance to see herds of stags and deer that like to browse around the property's lakes.

Then follow a long descent along the forest path of Xhurdebise until you reach the first parts of Malmedy. A small left-right zig-zag will take you to Rue de la Saint-Martin then to RAVel Malmedy-Waimes (parallel to Route de Bellevaux) where you should turn right before turning left to reach the centre of Malmedy where taverns, brasseries and restaurants worth of a visit await you.

Specificity: a link to the Stavelot Extratrail (black route) is possible at KM 6.1 in the village of Wavreumont. The opportunity for a visit to Blancs-Moussis.

Advice

Food and drinks recommended.
Mobile phone recommended.
Take care when crossing roads.
Follow the highway code.
This route includes several sections of side roads or asphalt roads.

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MALMEDY-EXTRATRAIL-27 KM

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Colour: Red
Distance: 27 KM
Incline: 740 metres
Duration: 3 - 5 hours
Difficulty: +++
Start: Town centre (Malmundarium - Tourist Office)

Description

When leaving the Malmundarium (town centre), pass in front of the porch of Saint Pierre Cathedral and skirt around the latter to reach the Calvaire road which will take you to Livremont then to Belvédère.
Then follow the path along the contour line until you reach a junction at KM 2.1. Turn right at a right angle and follow a steep climb towards Jacob’s Cross. Once you have reached the cross, take the small asphalt path leading to the village of Chôdes. At KM 3.5, turn left and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Warche valley and its small tributaries. This is the chance to take a look at where you are heading as you will soon be walking in the hills in front of you.
Then begin a pleasant descent to the Moulin de Bévercé campsite. When leaving the campsite, turn right along to the asphalt road to reach the Nelles quarries making use of the region’s natural stone. Just after the quarry, a small bridge allows you to cross a stream. Climb immediately to the left along the slope to reach a magnificent single track through the conifers. This becomes a path taking you directly to the village of Xhoffraix. Turn right, pass in front of the church, turn left at the corner of the school then immediately right in Rue du Petit Village, a narrow asphalt path dotted with educational panels on the surrounding flora and fauna. Wind a little through the village to reach the meadows below houses and plunge into the woods along a succession of bridges and walkways.
Follow the Pouhon (small watercourse) until you cross the Bayehon stream where you make a hairpin turn to follow the latter.
Just after the Moulin du Bayehon (brasserie) and after crossing a road (beware of the traffic), the Bayehon hills become increasingly magical. Between roots, rocks and blueberries, follow the small single track road along the Bayehon to reach a small waterfall. Take a short break to admire the view and maybe take a dip in the clear water at the foot of the waterfall.
When you reach Vieux Chêne, turn left on the fringes of the fens. Follow the road for 3 KM through plantations of softwood trees with some areas having been recently logged. Calm and solitude reins and the relatively flat terrain is perfect for walking.
At KM18, cross road N68 connecting Malmedy to Eupen via Mont Rigi and Baraque Michel. Beware of vehicles (cars and motorbikes) travelling (too) quickly along this road. Just after crossing, turn right to take a small path parallel to the road that you’ll leave after 500 metres. At KM19, cross the Trôs Marets stream and follow this watercourse to KM 22.6. Some areas by the ravine require caution. A step to the side and you will find yourself 25 metres below on the rocky bed of this tributary to the Warche. Some very slippery sections have been equipped with metal cables to prevent you slipping on the shale rocks that are flush in places.
A little after the cabled sections, turn right over a bridge providing access to a lovely single track road allowing you to leave the bottom of the small valley.
When you reach Ferme Libert (brasserie-restaurant), pass through the BikePark (mountain bike track) by using the 2 tunnels for your safety. Watch out for bikers who use multiple tracks and springboards to perform impressive aerial tricks.
When you arrive at the small chapel, turn left in the opposite direction to the green Malmedy trail to reach the Mon Repos public swimming pool. Follow the swimming pool along the left before reaching the rear of the MovieMills cinema complex.
Stay on the right bank of the Warche until you get to Rue de Bavière. Pass Outrelepont bridge and return to your departure point.
To reward you for your efforts, enjoy some well-earned relaxation. You will no doubt find this by enjoying a beer brewed in one of the many small artisanal breweries in the region.

Advice

Food and drinks recommended.
Mobile phone required.
Be careful in the very slippery sections and in the ravine in the Trôs-Marets area.
Take care when crossing roads.
Follow the highway code.
Check the accessibility of the Hautes Fagnes Nature Reserve.

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MALMEDY-EXTRATRAIL-39 KM

Profile

Colour: Black
Distance: 39 KM
Incline: 985 metres
Duration: 5 - 8 hours
Difficulty: ++++
Departure A: Town centre (Malmundarium - Tourist Office)
Departure B: Lake Robertville dam

Description

Following a route that shares a starting point with the red trail, start at the Malmundarium (town centre) passing in front of the porch of Saint Pierre Cathedral which you should skirt around to reach the Calvaire path. The single track road takes you to Livremont then you ascend to Belvédère.
Then take the path which undulates over the contour line until you reach a fork at KM 2.1. Turn to the right at a right angle and begin a steep climb towards Jacob’s Cross. Once you have reached the cross, keep right to take the small asphalt road leading to the hamlet of Chôdes. At KM 3.5, turn left and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Warche valley and its small tributaries.
As you begin your descent, leave the red trail on your left to tighten to the right and make a wide loop in a coniferous massif. The negative elevation you are enjoying will soon be compensated for by a beautiful climb along a stone path above which you will take a sharp left turn. At KM 7.5, a short section of paved road will allow you to join a magnificent single track road overhanging the ridge overlooking the Warche Valley. Pure happiness. But watch where you are putting your feet. You risk going flying while distracted by the breathtaking view of the watercourse winding below.
Stay in this single track road until you reach the Lake Robertville dam (departure B). For runners with vertigo, cross the dam on the right-hand side (water side). For everyone else, a quick glance to your left will allow you to appreciate the depth of the Warche valley.
Just after the dam, turn left to reach Reinhardstein Castle. Stop your watch and take the time to admire the medieval building whose origins date back to 1354. Restored in the late 1960s, the castle now houses a museum and can be hired for private events.
Continue along the opposite side before walking below the castle to follow the right bank of the Warche. The small path takes you to the confluence with the Bayehon (stream), which you discover just after the lakes and the Moulin de Bayehon (brasserie). Note that this section is shared with the red route.
Less than a kilometre after crossing the road (beware of the traffic), leave the red route that continues climbing to Bayehon and head to the right to discover another stream: the Ghaster.
At KM 17, a zig-zag requires you to go up part of the Ovifat ski slope. Regularly covered in snow in the winter, alpine skiing is possible here while fun activities are organised in the summer.
While you follow a contour line towards the Nature Centre of Botrange, just before KM 19, the idea of a break at the Brasserie Peak Beer seems appealing. Famous for being the brewery at the highest altitude in Belgium, you only need to stray a few metres from the path to discover this lovely little business offering the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labours in moderation.
Just after the Nature Centre of Botrange, cross the road to follow the beautiful Walloon Fagne for a kilometre and a half. The view is quite simply incredible. Not surprising since you have reached the country's peak: 694 metres! A selfie and a few souvenir photos are a must.
Once you have crossed Route de la Baraque Michel, you will reach one of the highlights of this black trail: the path along the Polleur stream, overhanging the edge of the fens of the same name. The technical and hilly path gives you a unique panorama of a few square kilometres of wilderness. By leaving the single track road by a small pavilion reserved for walkers (KM 25), you will discover the connection with the red Jalhay route.
Leaving the connection on your right, climb to the left along a small tarmacked road to reach a very boggy firebreak. Be careful not to lose your footing. Many runners have become stuck in the bog up to their knees.
A long grassy firebreak particularly exposed to the wind and the sun (when there is any) takes you to a wooded area full of roots. This area is also very humid. By chance, just a little further down, you will reach the duckboards that will take you to the hills of the Trôs Marets, another gem along the Malmedy route. It is here that you will again meet the red trail that you will leave to your left just after crossing Route de l'Ancienne Douane between Hockai and Mont-Xhoffraix.
You leave the bed of the Trôs Marets to reach Ferme Libert (restaurant) and the Bike Park. After having passed the mountain bike track, you will reach the green trail by the chapel to climb again to reach a lovely single track road through the meadows and forest bordering Bernister. Follow a wider stone path that takes you to Outrelepont, an old district of Malmedy built on the banks of the Warche. Once you’ve passed the old bridge, you can declare yourself victorious. Your departure point is just 300 metres away. You can now enjoy a Bellvaux beer or the Malmedy Baisers!

Advice

Food and drinks required.
Mobile phone required.
Survival blanket and whistle recommended.
This route is very technical: roots and stones may be extremely slippery in case of humidity.
The route crosses part of the Fagne. Climatic conditions may be very changeable. Never leave the marked route, especially during fog or snow.
Check the accessibility of the Hautes Fagnes Nature Reserve.

Specificity: a connection with the Jalhay Extratrail (Jalhay extratrail route) is possible from the Croix des Fiancés (Fagne de la Polleur) and from Vecquée. The latter will allow you to discover the wonders of the Hoëgne before leading you to the typical and very pretty village of Sart.

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE MALMEDY AND STAVELOT ROUTES

By leaving the blue Malmedy route at Wavreumont (KM 6.1), it is possible to join the end of the black Stavelot route. The very short connection is achieved by following the small asphalt path. You pass some residences before heading to the right, then the left towards the hamlet of Challes towards Stavelot.

Profile

Colour: Violet
Distance: 0.3 KM
Incline: -11 metres
Duration: 3-8 minutes
Difficulty: 0

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE MALMEDY & JALHAY TRAILS

The black Malmedy route offers, at KM 25.4 (Fagne), a direct connection with the red Jalhay route at Vecquée (KM 14.8). A unique opportunity to reach the village of Sart via the splendid descent from La Hoëgne.
A lovely and quiet single track road takes you off the beaten track.

Profile

Color: Violet
Distance: 3 KM
Incline: 36 meters
Duration: 20-45 minutes
Difficulty: +

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