Trail in Spa IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The ExtraTrail concept is in the process of development. The routes are currently being marked out over the SPA territory. Routes of 5km, 10km and 20km are operational.
To help you, you can consult SityTrail maps and download GPX routes.
You run in total freedom. Using the routes is left up to everybody's own choice. ExtraTrail cannot, at any time, be held liable for damage or injuries which may happen to users of our routes.
This website gives specific information on the routes, like the condition of the paths, the measures of care to take, a weather forecast, practical information and closures in the event of a possible storm, hunts or searches. 

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ExtraTrail: routes developed with passion

All paths are meticulously drawn up to offer a variety of landscapes, and a veritable palette of technical difficulties. Created using the "Sity Trail" platform, on the ground, they are shown by easily identifiable markings.

THE SPA TRAIL? A REAL LOVE STORY BETWEEN SPORT AND NATURE

Running the Spa Trail is definitely worth the detour. Lodged at the foot of the large fen areas, the region offers trail-runners a multitude of running environments: large forests of deciduous and coniferous trees, enclosed small valleys and clear hilly areas, wet areas and ponds, rivers and streams, offering some ford passages, and so on. It's not surprising that this is the birthplace of a series of legendary competitions such as the Crêtes de Spa (8km, 21km and 55km) or the Trail des Lacs & Châteaux.

Spa paths have been laid out on both sides of the Wayai valley. The 5km and the 10km trails follow the side of the edge of the Staneux woods, while the 20km and the 30km venture to the edge of the ski slope of Bérinzenne. Users thus have the freedom to discover all the most beautiful areas of the Spa Resort.

INFORMATION
All routes start from the Spa Tourist Office
1A Rue du Marché in 4900 Spa (Belgium)

SPA-EXTRATRAIL5

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Distance: 5km
Difference in height: 235 metres
Duration: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
Difficulty: ++

Description

Start from the Tourist Office, heading towards Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, after which we begin a quite steep climb towards the hill. A junction on the left to bypass Thermes from below, with an uninterrupted view over the Perle des Ardennes. A tight descent towards the bottom of the Parc des Sept Heures and the Promenade des Français before also naturally climbing back up, heading to the graveyard which we bypass to the north. We then take a right to join Sol Cress and move swiftly on towards Spa, going through the vast Balmoral estates.

Advice

Drinks recommended.
Mobile telephone advised.
Have a stretch at Thermes, you will notice the glass and steel building set perpendicular to the town centre.
Take care in your descent just after going through Thermes: the ground is covered in shale and it is very, very slippery when wet.
The 5km and 10km paths are common over the first section of the route. Don't miss the fork!

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SPA-EXTRATRAIL10

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Distance: 10km
Difference in height: 368 metres
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Difficulty: +++

Description

From the Tourist Office, heading towards Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, where we immediately attack the climb towards the hill to bypass Thermes, just below the outdoor pool, with an uninterrupted view over the Perle des Ardennes. A straight descent towards the bottom of the Parc des Sept Heures and the Promenade des Français before also naturally climbing back up, heading to the graveyard. We then take the left, in the Staneux woods, where wide forest paths branch out, between deciduous and coniferous trees. We then make a wide loop, which comes in turn to rub shoulders with the Chavion Pond and the Golf. Return towards Spa by running along Sol Cress and by going through the Balmoral district estates.

Advice

Drinks and food recommended.
Mobile telephone and survival blanket recommended.
Don't miss stopping at Thermes to admire the view over the city and to watch out for the cable car passing, which transports spa clients between the centre and the spa building.
Take care in your descent just after going through Thermes: the ground is covered in shale and it is very, very slippery when wet.
The 5km and 10km paths are common over the first section of the route. Don't miss the fork!

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SPA-EXTRATRAIL20

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Distance: 22km
Difference in height: 650 metres
Duration: 2.5 to 4 hours
Difficulty: ++++

Description

Like a “Crêtes de Spa” atmosphere... Start by climbing towards the Nouveaux Thermes, detour at Sol Cress and a descent over the Promenade des Français. Cross at the Avenue Reine Astrid to attack the climb towards Creppe by running along the military area. Pass through Creppe to join Géronstère and the Thier des Rexhons ski slope. Visit the Bérinzenne Tower and the Royal Air Force monument, before beginning the descent towards the Coupe feu du Tir, crossing the Route des Fontaines and joining the Gué des Artistes to finally reach Spa centre. Forest paths, clear landscapes, fens filled with water, turbulent streams and lots of duckboards. You are going to take it all in.

Advice

Drinks and food recommended.
Mobile telephone and survival blanket recommended.
Don't miss taking a detour to the Bérinzenne Tower: uninterrupted 360° view.
Take care on the extremely rough terrain (steep trenches to climb down) which is  potentially very slippery in the track section that follows the fitness (“vita”) trail, just before it crosses the Avenue Reine Astrid at the Point Carré store level.
This trail finishes on the street (section between the Rue Chelui and the Pouhon Pierre Le Grand monument via the rue de la Sauvenière street). Be aware and careful of traffic, use the pavements, cross only at pedestrian crossings and follow all safety rules and procedures.

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SPA-EXTRATRAIL30

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Distance: 32km
Difference in height: 1000 metres
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Difficulty: +++++

Description

A detour by Annette hill and Lubin before plunging over the Promenade des Français to better attack the climb towards Creppe. Heading for Géronstère by running along the Domaine de Mambaye in view of taking in the ski slope then sinking into the Bois des Vieilles Fagnes, which overlooks Moulin du Ruy. Climbing again directly towards Andrimont then Chevrouheid, to join Bérinzenne, then continue up to the Gué des Artistes to get to the centre of Spa. At the hollow of an enclosed small valley, there is a wide forest path, weaving in and out between the fen moor grass and landscapes opening out over the top of the plateau. You don't run two kilometres without a change in land-type and atmosphere.

advice

Drinks and food compulsory.
Mobile telephone and survival blanket recommended.
Changing weather, according to the slope. Risk of snow in Bérinzenne during winter.
Once in Chevrouheid, look over to the hill opposite you, to admire the Mont des Brumes ski slope.
This trail finishes on the street (section between the Rue Chelui and the Pouhon Pierre Le Grand monument via the rue de la Sauvenière street). Be aware and careful of traffic, use the pavements, cross only at pedestrian crossings and follow all safety rules and procedures.

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CONNECTION BETWEEN SPA & STOUMONT PATHS

The connecting route between the Spa and Stoumont EXTRATRAIL routes has been created.

Markers displaying a PURPLE colour code have been placed to link these two Running Territories.

Only 4.5km separates the two units’ paths. The connection works via the “Petite Vecquée” a little above the ski slope for Spa and little farther than Croix Honnay for Stoumont.

From this point forward, you can combine your routes and stretch out your distances, using this junction creating using DNF.

A rather rolling landscape, this connection offers you magnificent viewpoints over Fagne and will probably allow you to come across game, particularly present in this area.

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Distance: 4.5 KM
Difference in height level: 74 metres
Duration: 25 minutes to 45 minutes
Difficulty: +

Spa-Stoumont liaison

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SPA & JALHAY ROUTES

A route has been created for interconnecting between the EXTRATRAIL routes in Spa and Jalhay.

Markers with a MAUVE colour “CONNECTION” code have been installed to connect these two running areas.

These 2 routes are only separated by 800 metres. The connection is via a wooded path accessible just after the Golf de Spa, at 7.25km when coming from Jalhay. This path follows the Rau du Petit Chavion and connects with the Spa blue route (10km) at its 8th kilometre just before you get to Avenue Princesse Clémentine.

You can now combine your routes and increase your distances thanks to this connection.
This connection is very direct and provides fast access to the spa town and its 5km, 10km, 20km and 30km routes.

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Distance: 0.8km
Incline: -26 metres
Duration: 5 minutes
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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SPA AND STAVELOT ROUTES

There is now a connection between the Spa and Stavelot EXTRATRAIL routes.

Markers with a VIOLET "CONNECTION" colour code are in place to connect these two running territories.

These 2 routes are only separated by 300 metres. The connection is in the centre of the village of Moulin du Ruy, at KM 18.7 coming from Spa (black 30 KM route) and at KM 6.6 coming from Stavelot (blue 13 KM route).

You can now combine your routes and extend your distances thanks to this connection. This connection provides access to the Abbey city of Stavelot and its routes 9. 13, 23 and 40 KM.

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Distance: 0,3 KM
Elevation: +6 metres
Duration: 4 minutes
Difficulty: -

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SPA AND THEUX ROUTES

The connection between the Spa and Theux EXTRATRAIL trails is marked.
Markers with a VIOLET “CONNECTION” colour code are in place to connect these two running territories.
These 2 routes are separated by less than 500 metres. The connection is just after Chawion Lake, at km 6.3 coming from Spa (blue trail 10 km).
You can now combine your routes and extend your distances thanks to this connection. This connection provides access to the medieval city of Theux and its 8, 18, 26 and 37 km trails.

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Distance: 0,5 KM
Elevation: -12 metres
Duration: 3 - 5 minutes
Difficulty: /

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