Trail in Jalhay IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The ExtraTrail concept is now in place in the commune of JALHAY. The 12km, 13km, 26km and 40km routes are operational.
For your convenience, you can consult the SityTrail maps and download the GPX routes.
You can run in complete freedom. Use of the tracks in the responsibility of each individual. ExtraTrail can in no way be held liable for damage or injuries caused to users of our tracks.
Some bridges or slatted walkways are not designed to be crossed at speed; ExtraTrail encourages runners and ramblers to approach these structures with care and without running.
No compensation can be claimed from ASBL ExtraTrail, the owner of the sites or the manager of the infrastructure mamnager in the event a user has an incident or accident by using the structures present along our routes.
In areas frequented by walkers and families, we recommend showing respect to others so that everyone can benefit from these often unique areas.
This website gives precise instructions for the routes including the state of the paths, precautions to take, a weather chart, practical information and closure information in case of storms, hunts or shoots.

ExtraTrail: routes developed with passion

All the routes are studied carefully to offer varied landscapes and a range of technical difficulties. Created using the “Sity Trail” platform, the routes are signposted by easily-identifiable markers.

TRAILS IN JALHAY? YOU WILL NEVER HAVE BEEN THIS CLOSE TO NATURE

Jalhay is perfect for fans of technical single tracks snaking alongside small watercourses and through vast isolated forests. Far from civilisation, you enter into communion with this incredible environment. The sound of the gently-flowing streams, the flexibility of the lichen cushioning your step, the deer keeping watch, the cloud reflections on Gileppe lake; everything you need to connect with wild and authentic nature.

Jalhay plays host to a large community of trail walkers and hosts small and large running events playing an important role in the area and in history. “Grand Trail des Lacs et Châteaux (GTLC)”, “Sawe qui Peut”, “l’Herbiestrail”, “Trail des Nutons”, “Triplette de Solwaster”,… are all chances to celebrate this passion we share.

The Jalhay routes criss-cross the Hoëgne valley. They lie between the High Fens area and the Gileppe dam.

INFO!
Three Jalhay routes (blue 13km, red 26km and black 40km) start from the Tourist Office
Place du Marché 242, 4845 Sart (Belgium) - www.tourismejalhaysart.be

Routes 12 Km (green) and 40 (KM) are accessible from the Gileppe dam
Route de la Gileppe 55A, 4845 Jalhay (Belgium) - www.gileppe.com

JALHAY-EXTRATRAIL12

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Colour: Green
Distance: 12km
Incline: 310 metres
Duration: 1 - 2.5 hours
Difficulty: ++
Start: La Gileppe car park

Description

Start from the panoramic tower in the Gileppe lake car park from where the route heads anti-clockwise before crossing the access road and following the lakeshore.
Zig-zag through the forest between 1.5km and 5km which will take you to the tunnel under the N629. When you exit the tunnel, head left to follow a path (initially concreted) which leads to La Borchêne (a small river) where you will descend on your right until you reach a small reservoir forming a lake where fishermen tend to gather.
In the top corner of the lake, take the small tarred road towards the Hôtel du Lion. Cross (carefully) the N629 At 7km and take a quick left-right to head up to the dam with a fantastic view of the lion statue which dominates the valley where the Gileppe river flows.
Cross a footbridge overlooking the runoff from the dam then take the right hairpin to enter the forest (go through a gate to the left of the barrier restricting access to the forest road). Follow a particularly muddy section (beware of ankles) along a single track which gently undulates with the contour of the land parallel to the main route towards Goé. Take a double right at 8.6km to reach a wider forest road which accounts for a large part of the incline.
Return to the lake around 11.25km, cross the dam then head towards the car park using the stairs at the foot of the tower and under the treetop adventure area.

Advice

Food and drinks advised.
Mobile phone recommended.
A section of this route is particularly muddy between 8km and 8.5km. Beware of injuries caused by slipping or falling on this very unstable ground.
In case you are tired or become injured, you can shorten the distance by taking a path on the right at 8.75km (then another hard right). This lovely educational (single track) route takes you directly to 10km.
The La Gileppe tourist area also offers a restaurant, tearoom, an “Accropark” treetop adventure, a playground, hiking and mountain bike hire. A ideal meeting point for your family...

Route 12 km. Click on the map to see the route via the website SityTrail.com and obtain the GPX map for your smartphone or your GPS running watch.

JALHAY-EXTRATRAIL13

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Colour: Blue
Distance: 13.2km
Incline: 275 metres
Duration: 1.25 - 2.5 hours
Difficulty: ++
Start: Sart Place du Village

Description

Start in front of the Sart Tourist Office (easy parking). Bypass the building on the left and take the path starting between the gardens for fast access to the heart of the meadows.
Go straight ahead until you reach the motorway viaduct where you should stay left to head towards Tiège on a stone path.
Pass under the tunnel on your right and take the small tarred path which zig-zags around the village of Tiège. Cross RN629 carefully and you are in the Troisfontaine district. Cross RN640 (beware of the traffic) and pass between the fields towards a small wood overlooking 2 pretty lakes.
Continue, with the small chapel of Notre-Dame de l’Epine on your right, and take a stone path in front of you.
After a gently-sloping kilometre, turn off to the left, cross the ford or over the small footbridge to head towards the Royal Golf de Spa*. Shortly after the golf course, turn left and cross the beautiful hardwood forest of Balmoral. Cross the road and follow the contours above Warfaz lake. At 9.5km, at the Carpodrome height, you will have a steep ascent to what are commonly called “corniches” or rocky ledges. The route takes you opposite the Lepage bridge lake (be particularly careful here as you will be running by the side of the road for approx. 200 metres. Vehicles travel at high speed and the width of the road makes crossing dangerous). You will reach the corniche ledges further along, this time going towards Sart.

Advice

Food and drinks advised.
Mobile phone recommended.
Take care when crossing roads. Vehicles often travel at high speed.
*This 13 km route is connected to the Spa route located shortly after the Spa golf course.

Jalhay parcours bleu

Route 13 km. Click on the map to see the route via the website SityTrail.com and obtain the GPX map for your smartphone or your GPS running watch.

JALHAY-EXTRATRAIL26

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Colour: Red
Distance: 25.8km
Incline: 535 metres
Duration: 2.5 - 4.5 hours
Difficulty: +++
Start: Sart Place du Village

Description

Start from in front of the Sart Tourist Office (easy parking). Bypass the building on the left and take the path starting between the gardens for fast access to the heart of the meadows.
Go straight ahead until you reach the motorway viaduct where you should stay right to pass through a wood on a stone path.
There is a crossroad junction at the summit. Take the small path on the right which then heads left and takes you along a small stream which flows into the Hoëgne (river).
Enjoy the roller coaster along a single track which undulates following the ups and downs of the terrain while following the Hoëgne meanders until you reach the entrance to Royompré village (2km).
Cross the ford or use the footbridge to cross the Hoëgne.
You will then begin the long ascent along the forest road which passes through Gospinal forest. Small technical and steep descent on the left then a mountain pass interspersed with a ford (no footbridge > your feet will get wet).
Climb steeply right to reach the pla ce called “Les 7 Frères” (a magnificent oak with 7 trunks (the largest in Belgium)) > don’t forget to read the information panel which tells you all about it).
Rejoin the Sawe (stream) and take a small bridge then a tarred road which will take you to the village of Solwaster from the north west before you begin a climb to the summit of the Rocher de Bilisse (10.5 km). Very technical descent until your reach Rocher de Bilisse (be careful and follow the marked route). Take the footbridge on your left and head towards Statte (stream) along a very picturesque but very chaotic single track. Take a short break and a selfie in front of the Nutons waterfall (11.75km) then continue your journey by following the Statte which you will follow until you reach La Vecquée (ancient Gallic road, then a Roman road) which lies in the ridge between the Hoëgne and the Statte going towards the village of Hockai. On your left you will see some ancient stone markers which historically separated Belgium and Prussia.
When you arrive at the Centenary bridge (18km), follow the Hoëgne downstream until you reach Belleheid bridge where you will find some restaurants and bistros. This section is also very technical and interspersed with slippery footbridges and slatted walkways which are sometimes damaged so it is a good idea to watch your step. Please also be aware that many walkers come to admire the Hoëgne river reddish waves jumping from rock to rock. Do not miss the chance to see the Léopold II waterfall and the Reine waterfall (between 20km & 21km).
After Belleheid bridge, you will then return to Sart via the small village of Wayai (23km). When you arrive in Sart, you will be free to enjoy lunch (brasserie, local shops, bakeries, butchers, pizzeria, fish and chip shop, etc).

Advice

Food and drinks recommended.
Mobile phone required.
Survival blanket and whistle suggested.
This route is very technical: roots and stones may be extremely slippery in case of moisture.

Route 26 km. Click on the map to see the route via the website SityTrail.com and obtain the GPX map for your smartphone or your GPS running watch.

JALHAY-EXTRATRAIL40

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Colour: Black
Distance: 40 km
Incline: 765 metres
Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Difficulty: ++++
Start: Place de Sart or La Gileppe car park

TEMPORARY CLOSURE FROM 15/09/2018 TO 28/02/2019
The City Authorities of Jalhay hereby informs you of the temporary closure of a logging road (EXTRATRAIL black route) for safety reasons.
This closure concerns the “La Bourgeoise” section in the commune of Jalhay.
We ask that you respect this closure notice and that you do not pass the warning signs displayed.
Safety first!

Description

Start from in front of the Sart Tourist Office (easy parking). Bypass the building on the left and take the path starting between the gardens for fast access to the heart of the meadows.
Go straight ahead until you reach the motorway viaduct where you should stay right to pass through a wood on a stone path.
There is a crossroad junction at the summit. Take the small path on the right which then heads left and takes you along a small stream which flows into the Hoëgne (river).
Enjoy the roller coaster along a single track which undulates following the ups and downs of the terrain while following the Hoëgne meanders until you reach the entrance to the village of Royompré (2km).
Cross the ford or use the footbridge to cross the Hoëgne.

Just before 4km, take the red route to the right and turn left and follow the black arrows. Cross a small ford and follow a sunken and furrowed road (tip: there is a track just to the left parallel with the road which is a lot more practical). You will cross a rather dense forest until you reach 5km where you will cross another ford (Rau de Botné) before heading towards the village of Surister.

When you arrive in Surister, turn left on the main road passing through the village (beware of traffic), pass the church and the police station before turning right and following a slope which runs along a small tarred road.

Keep right then go up left at the junction of a road bordered by hedges which passes through the meadows. Just before 9km (just in front of a cross), turn right and continue until you reach Lantremange farm.

By crossing the N672, you will enter the hamlet of Vervifontaine with a small zig-zag in the village before crossing a few meadows then heading into a wood at the heart of which you will find a few bends before descending and joining the Rau de la Borchêne which you will follow between 14.25km and 15.5km.
You will then reach the Borchêne dam, a small reservoir serving a fishing lake.

Further along, cross the N629 in front of the Hôtel du Lion and take a steep ascent to the Gileppe dam car park. Don’t forget to enjoy the view of the lake from the lookout on your left (or even better: visit the tower where a free life provides access to a 360 ° viewing platform). The La Gileppe tourist area also offers a restaurant, tearoom, an “Accropark” treetop adventure, a playground, hiking and mountain-bike hire. A ideal meeting-point for your family....

The next 5 kilometres follow Gileppe lake with several points of interest among its wild banks.

Head towards the village of Heriester which is at approx. 24.5km.

This little incursion into “civilisation” is short since you will return to the forest after 26 km.
At around 29km, you will link up with the red route to cross the Sawe (river) directing you towards the Rocher de Vilisse which you will approach from above. Be aware that the descent is very technical (little room, lots of rocks and roots and a lot of walkers whom you should treat with respect). Once you reach the Rocher du Bilisse, turn right (the red route is on your left), you will pass a footbridge and you should climb the bank opposite until you reach Dolmen (32km).

You then reach the village of Solwaster (several small cafés and restaurants located in the centre) which will take you to Belleheid (34.5km) where there are also several restaurants and bistros.

You will then return to Sart via the small village of Wayai (36km). When you arrive in Sart, you will be free to enjoy lunch (bar, local shops, bakeries, butchers, pizzeria, fish and chip shop, etc).

Advice

Food and drinks compulsory.
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 passes several private properties which must be respected. Never leave the marked route.

Route 40 km. Click on the map to see the route via the website SityTrail.com and obtain the GPX map for your smartphone or your GPS running watch.

CONNECTION BETWEEN THE JALHAY AND SPA ROUTES

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

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
Difficulty:

CONNECTION BETWEEN THE JALHAY AND MALMEDY ROUTES

A connection between the red Jalhay route and the black Malmedy route has been created in Vecquée (upper section of Statte).

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

These two routes are separated by 3 kilometres. They offer direct access to the Fagne de la Polleur then to the Trôs Marets sector.

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Distance: 3.1km
Incline: +36 metres
Duration: 20 minutes
Difficulty:

Connection between Jalhay and Malmedy. Click on the map to see the route via the website SityTrail.com and obtain the GPX map for your smartphone or your GPS running watch.

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