Trail in Stavelot IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The ExtraTrail concept has been launched in the STAVELOT Commune on September 2016. The 9 KM, 13 KM, 23 KM and 40 KM routes are operational.
For ease, you can consult the SityTrail maps and download the GPX routes.
You can run freely. The use of the trails is the responsibility of each individual. ExtraTrail cannot be held liable for any damage or injuries caused to users of our trails.
Some bridges or duckboards are not designed to be traversed at speed; ExtraTrail encourages trail runners and Nordic walkers to approach these structures 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 incident or accident happening when using these structures along our routes.
In areas frequented by walkers and families, we highly recommend being friendly and courteous so that everyone can enjoy these often unique spots.
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 a storm warning or hunts.

ExtraTrail: routes designed with passion

All the ExtraTrail routes are worked out in detail to offer a variety of landscapes and a range of technical difficulties. They were created using the "SityTrail" platform and on the ground they are signposted using easily-identifiable markers.

THE STAVELOT TRAIL? EXPLORE NEW HORIZONS

Stavelot, is the meeting point of a small village brimming with monastic history, the incredible folklore of the Blancs-Moussis and an exceptional natural environment. It also has an artisanal and industrial past and personalities such as Guillaume Apollinaire and Victor Hugo have stayed here. Also, it was here that the mad and destructive dash of the German army (Von Rundstedt Offensive) took place in December 1944 leaving victims and desolation in its wake.
Today, between the excitement of its Francorchamps race track (the best in the world as far as drivers are concerned) and the Coo waterfall, Stavelot has developed its passion for art and culture within the prestigious setting of its Abbey.

What is surprising when you come to Stavelot is that you can pass through the town centre with its rich history in a few strides and quickly be immersed in wild and authentic nature. The region offers incredible panoramas of the spectacular landscapes of the Amblève valley as well as spots where you run on tiptoe hoping to encounter a hare or a deer.

INFO!
The 4 Stavelot trails (green 9, blue 13, red 23 and black 40 KM) all depart from the tourist office.
Stavelot Abbey – Glass gallery – Abbey courtyard, 1 – 4970 Stavelot (Belgium)
Tel. +32 (0)80 86 27 06 • http://tourismestavelot.be/
Open daily:10am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 5pm
The red 23 KM and black 40 KM routes are also accessible from the Coo Syndicat d’initiatives
Entrance pavilion, B-4970 Coo-Stavelot (Belgium) • Tel. +32 (0)80 68 46 39

STAVELOT-EXTRATRAIL 9KM

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Colour: Green
Distance: 9,8 KM
Elevation: 270 metres
Duration: 1 to 2,5 hours
Difficulty: ++
Start: Tourism Office (Stavelot Abbey)

Description

Depart from the glass gallery at Stavelot Abbey, in the heart of history, leaving through the porch of the main courtyard. Turn right into Rue du Châtelet towards Place Saint-Remacle which you must cross to reach Rue Chaumont before crossing Avenue du Doyard and Rue Marlennes (note: road N68 has heavy traffic). Cross the road using the pedestrian crossing, head right for 50 metres before joining a small paved path which climbs off to the left.

The adventure really begins after a further 250 metres: pass through a small tunnel (slippery) through which the Hottonruy (stream) flows which then takes you along the right bank until you get to Pierre du Diable (KM 1.2). A climb through a meadow before re-joining the wood 300 metres higher.

Follow a 3 KM loop between fens and forest before crossing another road (N622 between Stavelot and Francorchamps) which will take you to the right for approx. 300 metres before heading into the forest along the old track taking you to the edge of the village of Amermont. You'll also enjoy a spectacular view thanks to your height above sea level.

A partial crossing of the Amermont leaving via a path on your left between the pastures.

Return to the wood via a magnificent sloping single track, pass in front of "Les Chouettes", an old guard house on the edge of RAVel (line 44A). You then descend a forest road before taking a new track to Stavelot by the back of the Parc artisanal.
Cross the Rau de Chefosse or the Binchous walkway and return to "civilisation" through a residential area passing in front of Saint-Remacle College and heading down Rue Devant les Capucins which almost takes you to your departure point.
The Abbey is now quite close. Having a break on the terrace of one of the cafés or brasseries will give you the chance to recharge your batteries.

Advice

Food and drinks suggested.
Mobile phone recommended.

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STAVELOT-EXTRATRAIL 13 KM

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Colour: Blue
Distance: 13,5 KM
Elevation: 478 metres
Duration: 1,5 to 2,5 hours
Difficulty: +++
Start: Tourist office (Stavelot Abbey) Note: significant proportion of paved area
Connection: this itinerary allows you go to Spa via its black trail (30 KM)

Description

Depart from the Stavelot Tourist Office (glass gallery in the Abbey). Cross the town via Place Saint-Remacle until you reach Avenue du Doyard and Rue Marlennes (note: road N68 has heavy traffic). Continue to climb until you reach a small tunnel (dark and not lit - it may be slippery in winter) through which the Hottonruy (stream) flows. Once you exit the tunnel and cross a small road, continue on the right bank with the Hottenruy on your left and ascend by passing the Vierge chapel then a small lake on your right. Branch off to the right and enter the forested area in the freshly cleared areas. Climb and reach the summit via a forest road. The gradient eases when you reach a grassy, damp firewall which takes you straight to the top of the plateau. On your right, at the crossroads, note the cross of Saint Ferdinand.

Once you get to the summit, the panorama opens out onto the Roannay Valley and while descending you'll be able to enjoy splendid views of the villages of Moulin du Ruy, Borgoumont and Malchamps fens in the distance to the right.

At KM 4.6, you leave the red and black routes by turning right onto a stony path which zig-zags before reaching a small sloping paved path leading to the village of Heilrimont, located at the top of Moulin du Ruy.

At KM 5.6, branch off to the right to run between the meadows and approach the village of Moulin du Ruy via the school (KM 6.5). Please note that at this spot the connection to the black Spa route (30 KM) is 220m away.

Turn right and then right again along a rugged old road along which a stream runs. Then turn onto the paved section which will take you to the village of Exbomont.

Then begin a long steady climb to access the Stavelot slopes and switchbacks to the Abbey city.

At KM 11.75, go along a steep meadow then a wooded section which borders the Hottonruy stream on the opposite side to the one where you started.

Return to the town centre. Bistros, restaurants and tea rooms await you there.

Advice

Food and drinks suggested.
Mobile phone recommended.

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STAVELOT-EXTRATRAIL 23 KM

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Colour: Red
Distance: 23,4 KM
Elevation: 830 metres
Duration: 2,5 à 5 Hours
Difficulty: ++++
Start: Tourist office (Stavelot Abbey) and Coo Syndicat d’initiatives
Connection: this route allows you to join up with the Stoumont route on departure from La Venne

Description

Depart from the Stavelot Tourist Office (glass gallery in the Abbey). Cross the town via Place Saint-Remacle until you reach Avenue du Doyard and Rue Marlennes (note: road N68 has heavy traffic). Continue to climb until you reach a small tunnel (dark and not lit - it may be slippery in winter) through which the Hottonruy (stream) flows. Once you exit the tunnel and cross a small road, continue along with the Hottenruy on your left (right bank) and ascend by passing the Vierge chapel then a small lake on your right. Branch off to the right and enter the forested area in the freshly cleared areas. Climb and reach the summit via a forest road. The gradient eases when you reach a grassy, damp firewall which takes you straight to the top of the plateau. On your right, at the crossroads, note the cross of Saint Ferdinand

Once you reach the summit, the panorama opens out onto the Roannay Valley and while descending you'll be able to enjoy splendid views of the villages of Moulin du Ruy, Borgoumont and Malchamps fens in the distance to the right. Then follow a pleasant descent through a wood to the village of Roanne below which you take an old country lane through the meadows (this neglected path has been renovated by the Commune of Stoumont at the suggestion of Extratrail).

By climbing and crossing route de Roanne-Coo, enjoy the superb oak shaped like an original bullseye. You'll leave the meadows to enter the forest before descending until you reach road N633 between La Gleize and Coo. This descent ends in a private garden (access via two turnstiles) - please go through discreetly without disturbing the residents. Please be extra careful when crossing the N633. Vehicles travel along this road at high speed and the configuration of bends allows for little visibility (the best idea is to head to the right before crossing this busy road).

You are then above the village of La Gleize before traversing the hamlet of La Venne via a schistose path which may be slippery in wet weather. Once you have passed La Venne, it is a gentle climb along the Amblève (river) which will take you to the bridge for the Plopsa Coo theme park. Cross the access bridge to Plopsa Coo then head to the far right of the car park, almost to the foot of the waterfall. A very steep and poorly-maintained footpath takes you to the bridge over the Coo waterfall (note: there is no railing so avoid falling into the water under the bridge). Once you've passed the small green barrier, turn left and follow the car parks located along the road towards the chairlift.

After one hundred metres, take the very steep staircase which will take you along the forested slope of the Coo chairlift. This is a long and very technical climb with plenty of zig-zags. You will climb to a significant height. When you reach the entrance to the chairlift, the climb is far from over but you can enjoy the panoramic view of the village of Coo and its like while taking a breather. The climb continues until you reach the paraglider take-off zone. Here there is also a small area you can use to enjoy the view of Trois-Ponts.

Half a kilometre later, leave the main path to the right to take a path which takes you over the crest. Just before the Ster lookout area (equipped with a picnic table), the black route (40 km) branches off from the red route to the right.

Continue until you get to a small paved road (Chemin des Masures) which takes you to another small picnic kiosk. Head into the wood opposite you and reach La Croix aux Clous then branch off to the left along a sloping path until you cross the RAVel then the N68 between Trois-Ponts and Stavelot successively. Cross the road with great care (vehicles travel along here at over 90 KM and visibility is very restricted) and head straight on along a path which begins with some steps. This small path weaves up to Domaine Long Pré (holiday centre) and there is a metal walkway that you can use to cross the Amblève.

After the walkway, turn left, go along the river for a few hundred metres before beginning a steady but significant climb. When you arrive at the crossroads, turn left and take a look over the ravine at the foot of which you'll see one of the Amblève branches.

When you get to the pastures, pass an isolated holiday home and then a small wooden bridge for Rau de Bouvin.

Head straight on until you get to Magiru ford and take the Wanne route which leads to Stavelot at the foot of the famous Stockeu cycle route and just across from the Blancs-Moussis premises. Cross the Amblève bridge and reach the Abbey

Advice

Food and drinks recommended.
Mobile phone required.
Survival blanket and whistle suggested.
These routes are very physical and technical presenting significant elevations.

Stavelot 23 KM

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STAVELOT-EXTRATRAIL 40 KM

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Colour: Dark
Distance: 40 KM
Elevation: 1340 metres
Duration: 4,5 to 7 Hours
Difficulty: +++++
Start: Tourist Office (Stavelot Abbey) and Coo Syndicat d’initiatives
Connection: this route allows you to join up with the Stoumont route on departure from La Venne

Description

Depart from the Stavelot Tourist Office (glass gallery in the Abbey). Cross the town via Place Saint-Remacle until you reach Avenue du Doyard and Rue Marlennes (note: road N68 has heavy traffic). Continue to climb until you reach a small tunnel (dark and not lit - it may be slippery in winter) through which the Hottonruy (stream) flows. Once you exit the tunnel and cross a small road, continue along with the Hottenruy on your left (right bank) and ascend by passing the Vierge chapel then a small lake on your right. Branch off to the right and enter the forested area in the freshly cleared areas. Climb and reach the summit via a forest road. The gradient eases when you reach a grassy, damp firewall which takes you straight to the top of the plateau. On your right, at the crossroads, note the cross of Saint Ferdinand.

Once you reach the summit, the panorama opens out onto the Roannay Valley and while descending you'll be able to enjoy splendid views of the villages of Moulin du Ruy, Borgoumont and Malchamps fens in the distance to the right. Then follows a pleasant descent through a wood to the village of Roanne below which you'll meet the red route on your left to continue straight until you reach the Roannay (stream). Head towards La Gleize via Les Minières, pass through the village (note the Tiger Royal II number 213 tank abandoned by the German troops at the end of the Second World War and the neighbouring December ’44 museum.

You are then above the village of La Gleize before crossing the hamlet of La Venne via a schistose path which may be slippery in wet weather. The connection to the Stoumont trails begins in La Venne.

Once you have passed La Venne, it is a gentle climb along the Amblève (river) which will take you to the bridge for the Plopsa Coo theme park. Cross the access bridge to Plopsa Coo then head to the far right of the car park, almost to the foot of the waterfall. A very steep and poorly-maintained footpath takes you to the bridge over the Coo waterfall (note: there is no railing so avoid falling into the water under the bridge). Once you've passed the small green barrier, turn left and follow the car parks located along the road towards the chairlift.

After one hundred metres, take the very steep staircase which will take you along the forested slope of the Coo chairlift. This is a long and very technical climb with plenty of zig-zags. You will climb to a significant height. When you reach the entrance to the chairlift, the climb is far from over but you can enjoy the panoramic view of the village of Coo and its like while taking a breather. The climb continues until you reach the paraglider take-off zone. Here there is also a small area you can use to enjoy the view of Trois-Ponts.

Half a kilometre later, leave the main path to the right to take a path which takes you over the crest. Just before the Ster lookout area (equipped with a picnic table), branch off to the right while the red route goes straight on. Follow the pretty descent in the woods that ends among several houses bordering Chemin de Lancre, just above the Thier de Coo.

By Thier de Coo and the Chemin des Vieux Sarts (holiday village), climb through the forest to a small picnic kiosk. Enter the wood on your right and meet the Croix aux Clous then branch off to the right again to follow a sloped path which forms a hairpin. Incidentally, take in the view of Coo and one of the two arms of the lower lake in the shape of a horseshoe.

An old forest road keeps to the contour which overlooks the RAVel Stavelot-Trois-Ponts 3 km further along the N 68 which you should cross with caution (fast road). Just below some steps, a path starts and weaves to Domaine Long Pré (holiday centre). A metal walkway can be used to cross the Amblève.

After the walkway, turn left, go along the river for a few hundred metres before beginning a steady but significant climb. You'll arrive at a crossroads (KM 21.7); continue straight on. When you reach the first houses in the village of Aisomont, take a sharp left and lose all the height you gained until you reach the Rau de Bouvin which you should follow for a good kilometre. At KM 25.6, there is a right turn over a small wooden bridge situated a little lower.

Head straight on until you reach the Magiru ford and take route de Wanne. Turn right for 100 metres and then left with a lovely ascent along the banks of the Magiru. Reach the summit of the famous Stockeu pass and its marker dedicated to Eddy Merckx then descend on the left along a paved road for approx. 200 metres.

On your right, by the B&B Villa Stavelot, climb towards La Bergerie then Bultay. The area is currently open and you can enjoy a panorama taking in several kilometres. After passing between the pastures then through the woods, cross the hamlet of La Vaux Richard then head towards the walkway (be careful of the routes) over the Amblève.

Just after the walkway, turn right onto a path overlooking the Amblève which will gradually take you up to a group of farms on the outskirts of Wavrumont.

The descent towards Stavelot leaves some time to relax and enjoy the view but the conditions are technical (mud, roots, loose stones, etc). In good weather, you are likely to see some wild rabbits which have dug their burrows even at the edge of the road.

On arrival in Challes, there is one kilometre to go before you get to the Abbey along the Amblève then the playground with its sports fields.

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Advice

Food and drinks required.
Mobile phone required.
Survival blanket and whistle recommended.
These routes are very physical and technical presenting significant elevations.

40-km-stavelot

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE STAVELOT AND TROIS-PONTS ROUTES

There is a very short connection here to allow you to leave the red and black Stavelot trails at Coo waterfall and join the blue and black Trois-Ponts trails at the lower lake at Coo dam.

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Couleur: Violet
Distance: 400 m
Elevation: +3 metres
Duration: 3 to 6 minutes
Difficulty: -

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE STAVELOT AND SPA ROUTES

There is now a connection between the Stavelot and Spa 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 6.6 coming from Stavelot (blue 13KM route) and at KM 18.7 coming from Spa (black 30 KM routes).

You can now combine your routes and extend your distances thanks to this connection. This connection provides direct access to the spa city and its 5, 10, 20 and 30 KM routes passing through the fens of Bérinzenne.

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

connection-stavelot-spa

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE STAVELOT AND STOUMONT ROUTES

Starting from Stavelot and arriving in Stoumont is now possible, thanks to the connection between these two EXTRATRAIL routes.

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

These 2 communes are only separated by 4 KM.

The connection is in the hamlet of La Venne, at KM 10 coming from Stavelot (red 23 KM or black 40KM routes). The connection takes you to the Stoumont Tourist Office from where you can take Extratrail Stoumont routes 7, 14, 21 and 30 KM or even re-join the Spa Extratrail via the Stoumont-Spa connection in Vecquée above the village of Monthouet.

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Distance: 4 KM
Elevation: +36 metres
Duration: 30 minutes
Difficulty: +

Connection-stoumont-stavelot

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE STAVELOT AND MALMEDY ROUTES

Combining a Stavelot route with those in Malmedy is now possible thanks to a connection established in Wavreumont.

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

The black Stavelot route and the blue Malmedy route are separated by approx. 300 metres.

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Distance: 0.3 KM
Elevation: +11 metres
Duration: 3 minutes
Difficulty: +

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