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The itinerary of the EuroVelo 5 - Via Romea Francigena in Belgium will introduce you to the rich natural, architectural, cultural and brewing heritage of the country. After cycling along the Roubaix canal in France, you will enter the Belgian territory. The itinerary will lead you through calm roads, canal locks, drawbridges, natural parks, the picturesque villages of the Pajottenland, the forests of Soignes, various villages build out of limestone, all the well known monuments of Brussels and many more beautiful places in Belgium. It will enable you to discover all the sides Belgium has to offer on a bike.
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After leaving Lille, nicknamed the "Capital of Flanders" in France, you will follow the bucolic greenway along the Roubaix canal before entering the Belgian territory. With little canal locks, drawbridges and the sound of water along the way, the route will meander through Wallonia and Flanders, following the Espierre canal and then the Escaut river.

Next to Avelgem, you will then cross the river in direction of the Natural Park called "Parc Naturel du Pays des Collines et des Ardennes flamandes". It is located in a hilly region, but, the RAVeL, the name of the Wallonian greenways, is lying on the former railway lines 83 and 87 (and therefore flat). It will bring you succesivelly to Renaix/Ronse and Lessines, two cities proud of their heritage of the flemish Rennaissance.

Then, the route follows the Dendre river to the historic center of Grammont/Geraardsbergen, important center of the famous Tour of Flanders cycling race. There you will join the famous Knooppunten system of Flanders and cycle route LF6-Vlaanderen Fietsroute which will lead you to the south of Brussels. From there, the EuroVelo 5 will take you through the picturesque villages of the Pajottenland, renowned for its local beers, which have a fruity taste. After a tastign on the Grote Markt in Halle, you will take the direction of the Senne valley, with its special atmosphere, which will accompany you to the capital of Europe. In Brussels, you will pass in front of all the well-known monuments, from the Grand Place to the European Parliament.

You will leave the city in the south, cycling through the majestic forest of Soignes. On the little Brabant roads and their typical villas, you will arrive in Wavre and the Hesbaye, real grain loft of the Wallonian region. The RAVeL line 142 will then take you to Namur, the capital of Wallonia, on a slightly descending road. Its historic center and its lifestyle seduce more and more visitors every year.

The itinerary contiunes along the RAVeL of the Haute Meuse, with a gorgeous landscape, like the famous cliffs and the gardens of the Freyr castle or citadelle of Dinant. Afterwards, little country roads of the plateau of Condroz, which villages built out of limestone you will cycle through. After having passed Ciney, stronghold of the cattle farming, you will arrive in Marche, heart of the Pays de Famenne. Then, you will exit the city on the RAVeL in direction of Hotton to the valley of Ourthe and its wild meanders.

Starting in La-Roche-en-Ardenne, you will discover a multitude of landscapes, magnificient and surprising at the same time. Along the magic valleys of the Ry de Bronze, the western Ourthe and the Laval, beautiful villages of the Ardennes and panoramic views will brighten your journey, which leads over routes with very little traffic. Then, the route slightly rises to Bastogne, Belgian city well-known in the US, since a handful of G.I.s resisted here to the German offensive in the winter of 1944.

Then, the itinerary passes on calm roads to reach the greenway of the former vicinal line 618, through idyllic sceneries of the valleys of the Strange and the Sûre to the end of your journey in Martelange. You can then decide to continue your trip in direction of Redange and the city of Luxembourg on the cycle route network of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

National information
  • Belgium - Belgium

    EuroVelo 5 Belgium

    The website "eurovelobelgium.be" was created by the National EuroVelo Coordination Center in Belgium, Pro Velo Association. On that page, the EuroVelo 5 route in Belgium is divided into ten sections, including information on the difficulty level, the number of kilometers, GPS data, a detailed description and some practical information, such as the nearby train stations, bike shops and tourism offices.

    Route description Electronic maps / GPS tracks Public transport connections Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Bike rental facilities Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc. eBike

    available in en

    http://eurovelobelgium.be/

  • Kortrijk - Brussels

    Grote Routepaden

    Grote Routepaden is a non-profit organization that develops, signposts and maintains the LF cycle routes and long distance walking paths (GR-routes) in Flanders. The management of the LF network is a shared responsibility with Tourism Flanders. Grote Routepaden also publishes topo guides and other cycling and walking products. EuroVelo 4 follows the route 'LF1' through Ostend and De Haan; EuroVelo 5 follows the route 'LF6' through Ronse, Geraardsbergen and Brussels.

    Route description Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Cycle Events

    available in nl / nl

    http://www.groteroutepaden.be/nl/route/98/lf-6-vlaanderen-fietsroute.html

Regional information
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    RAVeL & Cycle Routes in Wallonia

    On the website you can access a complete description of the international and regional long distance itineraries in Wallonia, as well as the local RAVeL itineraries, the Réseau Autonome des Voies Lentes. Stages are offered for every itinerary as well as a detailed interactive map, .GPX files, picture albums and touristic information, accommodation et bike rental services. The itinerary of the EuroVelo 5 in Wallonia follows the RAVeL du Canal de l'Espierre and the RAVeL du Pays des Collines (Lines 83 and 87) between the French border near Roubaix, Renaix/Ronse, Lessines and Grammont/Geraardsbergen. Between Brussels, Namur, Dinant, Marche-en-Famenne, La-Roche-en-Ardenne, Bastogne and Martelange, the itinerary takes mostly little roads with little traffic, but sections of the RAVeL line 142, de la Meuse, line 43, de l'Ourthe and line 618 as well.

    Route description Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Bike rental facilities Points of interest / attractions etc. Cycle Events

    available in fr

    http://ravel.wallonie.be/