Trois-Ponts trail IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The ExtraTrail concept is now in place in the commune of TROIS-PONTS. The 10km, 17km, 23km and 37km 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 Trois-Ponts: a real playground for adventurous hikers and walkers.


The trails give you access to the best of this area, which was the challenge for the designers of the Trois-Ponts trails. Keen trail runners themselves, they know their local area like the back of their hand and were happy to compile for you the best spots in the region with a wide range of technical and athletic difficulties.

THE TROIS-PONTS TRAIL? WIDE PANORAMAS AND DEEP VALLEYS

Taking its name from the three bridges spanning the Baleur, Salm and Amblève respectively, this town adjoining the Province of Luxembourg offers an incredible variety of landscapes. Characterised by landforms shaped by numerous water courses, Trois-Ponts takes you on a journey through 360° panoramas and single tracks far from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The slopes are steep and rough, giving you a cardio workout and leaving your calves burning with memories.

INFO!
All the Trois-Ponts trails start at the Syndicat d’initiative.
Avenue Joseph Lejeune 11a - 4980 Trois-Ponts (Belgium)

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Profile

Colour: Green
Distance: 10 KM
Elevation: 315 metres
Duration: 1 heure to 2,5 hours
Difficulty: ++
Start: Syndicat d’initiative de Trois-Ponts

Description

From the Carrefour Market car park adjoining the Syndicat d’initiative in the centre of Trois-Ponts, take Rue des Villas, then Rue Willy de Backer and keep left to take a stone path.

After having passed the dam bridge and a lake frequented by a colony of beavers, leave the main road to cross the water course on your left via a small bridge located below the embankment. Leaving a small “Pouhon” (source) on your right, head towards the N66 (KM 2), which we recommend you cross with great caution.

When you arrive at this main road, branch off to the right, then immediately left to continue your climb towards the village of Mont de Fosse. After a short section of tarmacked road, turn right again while the main road begins to turn left. Take the path on the edge of the forest until you reach a small water course with a blue metal bridge. Keep left (do not cross the bridge) to take a single track which winds between the conifers.

Follow a stone road to the hamlet of Saint-Jacques (KM 4.8) where you then turn left to take the tarmacked road. Just after the "Le Mont Saint Jacques” guest house, turn right towards the "Les Gottales” holiday resort. Gentle descent to the village of Bergeval (KM 5.5), right, then left to pass between the houses and take a small bridge. Turn left again, then take the central exit at a triangular junction.

Return to the Bergeval hills before plummeting through the wood and taking a large zig-zag to the N68 at the Trois-Ponts municipal pool.

Just after the swimming pool, turn right to access the Beau Rivage campsite. Once you are among the residential caravans, turn left and take a path along the Salm, then deviate slightly to head towards the SNCB station.

When leaving the path, keep left and cross Place de la Gare to access Rue de la Gare to the town centre and your starting point.

Advice

Drinks suggested.
Mobile phone recommended.

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Profile

Colour: Blue
Distance: 17 KM
Elevation: 680 metres
Duration: 1,5 à 3 hours
Difficulty: +++
Start: Syndicat d’initiative de Trois-Ponts

Description

After leaving the Carrefour Market car park, just behind the Syndicat d’initiative, leave the city centre via Rue des Villas and Rue Willy de Backer before it becomes a stone road. Follow a lake, which is home to ducks and beavers, before branching off to the right to take a steep path which takes you to the corner of a pasture.

Stay left and follow a forest road perched on a corner before taking a steep climb which levels out somewhat before arriving in the village of Brume. While weaving in and out of the first farms, turn right (KM 4.75) to take the path which marks the limit between the woods and meadows.

Short descent on your right at KM 6.1 with an immediate left turn onto a path blocked by a barrier. Follow the ledge to KM 7.4 before descending via a very technical single track, which we recommend you approach with caution. When you reach the banks of Coo lower lake, turn left towards Plopsa amusement park. Cross the dam at its edge and climb in Grand Coo until you reach a road, then a path which hugs the inner contours of this lake in the shape of a horseshoe.

When you arrive at the other end of the water course, cross the dam on your right.

Remember that here there is a 400-metre connection to the red (23 KM) and black (40 KM) Stavelot trails. If you have the time, the legs and the desire, head to the Coo waterfall. This detour is only a kilometre (round trip) and allows you to appreciate the waters of the Amblève which pass over a big jump, spraying and smashing down.

Return to the forest via a path which climbs through clearings and admire the view of the lake before tackling a climb with a slope that only increases as you climb it.

At KM 15.3 and after a final climb, enter a large meadow which you’ll cross to reach the corner of the opposite wood by turning left.

All you need to do now is head down the hill and get back to the Trois-Ponts hills. Take Rue des Villas then Vieux Chemin de Brume in the heart of a residential district before returning to your departure point.

Note:
There is a connection to the Stavelot red and black trails at KM 11.1 of this route. See the detailed information below.

Advice

Food and drinks recommended.
Mobile phone and survival blanket advised.

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Profil

Colour: Red
Distance: 23 KM
Elevation: 700 metres
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Difficulty: +++
Start: Syndicat d’initiative de Trois-Ponts

Description

The Trois-Ponds red trail (23 KM and 700 m D+) starts at the Carrefour Market car park in the town centre, right next to the Syndicat d’initiative. After the bridge spanning the Salm (river), turn right towards the SNCB station where a paved, then tarmacked, road increases the elevation quickly.

After a good kilometre, leave the road and get to the heart of the matter: a lovely single track on the hillside which takes you up a little higher. Turn right at KM 1.6 on to a stone road to reach a new path on the left, 100 metres further along at the corner of a single house.

At KM 2.1, the path takes you under the pilasters of the Tower of Leroux: a breath-taking view of Trois-Ponts and the nearby hills. This provides a little extra height and some breathing space.

A pleasant, quick forest path takes you to the village of Aisomont (tarmacked section) in the centre of which you need to turn left.

For a good kilometre and a half, your route overlaps with the black Stavelot trail (37 KM) which leaves your trail in the hollow of a valley, at a large white building. Here, there is a “natural” connection between the Trois-Ponts and Stavelot trails.

When descending towards this valley, look to your right and you’ll see the Wanne alpine ski slope (Val de Wanne) which, beyond its particularly popular terrace, offers a wide range of both summer and winter activities.

A little further along, you’ll get to Route de Wanne, which you should follow to Wanneranval halfway up. When you leave the hamlet, in the corner of the farm, turn left and join a country lane in the middle of the meadows.

After passing through the wood, you’ll reach the edge of the village of Hénumont which you bypass by turning right just before the first house. Take a long steady climb to KM 10.5.

On your right, a magnificent single track between a clearing and a field of conifers invites you to pick up the pace. The path crosses a road which slopes gently up to KM 12.3. A little further along, you’ll get to Barbecue de Wanne (Logbiermé) (picnic facilities available for hire) where you can take a break and enjoy the view sheltered from the sun or rain.

A little further along still, you’ll reach Daix du Diable, an enormous sandstone rock (see the legend) in the hills of Wanne. The small path bordering a large forested area adjoining the meadows allows you to take a short section of road which you leave immediately to head towards the village of Spineux.

In Spinaux and before turning right at KM 15, make sure you look at the former German cannons (relics from the Second World War) located in the middle of the gardens. Perfectly maintained by the inhabitants, they stand in between barbecues and vegetable gardens.

Follow a small hill which you will leave after 300 metres to take a country path which weaves through the forest. At the entrance to Aisomont, turn left to take a large zig-zag which plummets towards the N68 to the Bernard sawmill.

Continue along the Salm to the Beau Rivage campsite to arrive at the station and town centre.

Note:
There is a connection to the Stavelot black trail at KM 5.5 of your route. See the detailed information below.

Advice

Food and drinks recommended.
Mobile phone and survival blanket advised.
Do not miss the chance to climb the Tower of Leroux: breath-taking 270° view.

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Profile

Colour: Black
Distance: 37 KM
Elevation: 1020 metres
Duration: 3,5 à 7 hours
Difficulty: ++++
Start: Syndicat d’initiative de Trois-Ponts

Description

So, are you ready for a great adventure? Beyond its 37 KM and 1020 m D+, the Trois-Points black trail is a splendid journey through wild and generous nature.

Leaving from the Syndicat d’initiative and close to the Carrefour Market, you quickly leave the centre of Trois-Ponts by taking two small roads which take you up slightly (Rue des Villas then Rue Willy de Backer). A stone path then winds along the hillside to take you to a lake, home to a family of beavers. A good 250 metres after the water course, head down from the main road to reach a narrow bridge (be careful: the path is short but steep and may be slippery). Cross the small stream and leave a pouhon (source) on your right.

When reaching the N66, take a right-left (KM 2) to take a country lane which climbs between the meadows towards the village of Mont-de-Fosse. When the tarmacked road turns left, leave the road to the right, then take a road at the edge of the forest.

At KM 3.6, leave the green trail and cross a stream over a small blue bridge. Continue to your right for approx. 150 metres before turning left onto a single track (wet) which takes you to the summit of a hilltop. When you get there (KM 4.6), take a right angle on your right to head down a forest road until you reach a small water course which you need to follow for a good kilometre to the hamlet of Reharmont.

In the village of Reharmont and a little after Brasserie de la Lienne, turn right onto a forest road and turn off to the right almost immediately via a barely-visible, wet path intersected by various felled trees. This natural gymkhana takes you to a paved road which leads you down to a T-junction. Turn right and continue your descent to Baleur bridge (water course). After climbing for a few metres, you’ll reach the crossroads with the N651 (Basse-Bodeux - Les Vilettes). Be careful here: the speed of the vehicles and lack of visibility means you are particularly exposed. Be very cautious.

After having turned left and followed the N651 for approx. 200 metres (KM 9.7), turn right and take a forest road which will take you to the centre of "Derrière les Avenanterres".

Further along, you leave the small section of road that you have just travelled along on your right, to follow alongside the hunting shelters. Follow this for 2 KM of pure joy along lovely paths where the vegetation is within touching distance. At KM 13, at a gas pipe, continue along the stone path at the end of which you need to turn left. There is a wide panorama to enjoy while you descend towards a small former quarry (KM 14.6). Don't get too close to the large oak with burls in the corner, as there is a hornets’ nest there. Without air defence, it is best to avoid bothering these “bombers”, whose bite can be fatal for even the most experienced of trail runners.

After several changes in direction along a road which zig-zags between the softwoods, follow the curves through the woodland to KM 16. Follow a splendid barely-visible single track until you reach the N66. Turn right along a stone road which is easy to spot thanks to the gas pipe and its triangular panels allowing for helicopter surveillance.

You arrive at a small triangular road junction, turn left and cross the N66 to get to L'Ancienne Barrière campsite. Take care at this very dangerous crossing. The road is S-shaped and offers no visibility for pedestrians or drivers, who go by very quickly.

Follow the campsite on the right and continue to a T-junction with a forest road, turn right and follow the ridge line for 4 KM. The Stoumont running territories are on your left.

At KM 22.5, when you pass the fence for the upper lakes of the Coo electricity plant (Engie-Electrabel), keep the ponds to your right before descending towards the lower lake and re-joining the blue trail which weaves around a ledge overlooking the main water course.

A very technical descent (exercise caution) takes you to the edge of the lower lake which you will almost complete a tour of by covering the inside of the C (the water course is in the shape of a horseshoe).

Note: at KM 29.3, a 400-metre connection allows you to join the red (23 KM) and black (40 KM) Stavelot trails at the bottom of the famous chairlift ride. If the climbing wasn’t enough of a challenge for you, this option offers dizzying sensations.

Shortly after passing the second wall of the lower dam, climb to enjoy the exceptional view of Coo village and its lake.

Take a breather because the difficulties are not over yet. It is only when you arrive at the large pasture, where you will perhaps have the chance to observe the local game, that you will be able to let out a sigh of relief. There are just 4KM to go before you reach Trois-Ponts and return to your departure point.

Advice

Food and drinks mandatory.
Mobile phone and survival blanket highly recommended.
Be careful when crossing the N66 at L'Ancienne Barrière campsite. This area is particularly dangerous due to the lack of visibility.

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CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TROIS-PONTS AND STAVELOT ROUTES

Profile

Colour: Violet
Distance: 4,5 KM
Elevation: 3 metres
Duration: 3 à 6 minutes
Difficulty: 0

Description

There is a connection allowing you to leave the blue and black Trois-Ponts trails at the lake below Coo dam and access the red and black Stavelot trails at Coo waterfall.

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