Walking near Bouillon along the Le Semois via Tombeau du Géant and Corbion - Walking in the Ardennes

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Today we want to walk a long walk around Bouillon in the Ardennes in Belgium. We leave early from our hotel in Paliseul and drive to Bouillon. We arrive early in Bouillon and this Sunday we have no problem finding a parking space. We park our car in front of a hotel, pack our backpacks and go out on a long walk around Bouillon in the Ardennes.

The walk begins with a short climb to the castle of Bouillon. Unfortunately the castle is closed, but we do have a nice view over the city Bouillon. We walk back down and cross the La Semois. Here we walk through the forest with fire pin bends quickly up to a lookout tower. From the tower you have an even better view of Bouillon and Ardennes of Belgium.

We walk fairly flat through the beautiful woods of Bouillon and have several very nice views. But soon we descend over a nice path to walk down a dirt road. We walk at a bit of height from the banks of the La Semois near Le Tombeau du Géant through the woods at Bouillon. Again, nature is very beautiful. The last part we descend rapidly to the banks of La Semois. We walk along the banks of La Semois further until we encounter a picnic spot at Le Tombeau du Géant. This is an ideal time to have a lunch break.

After our lunch break we have a steep climb uphill. It is not very long, but the uphill climb through the forest to the lookout point to Le Tombeau du Géant is very steep and definitely not easy to walk. Afterwards we see we could have taken the dirt road to Le Tombeau du Géant. This is not so steep, but it means more mileage. At the parking lot of the viewpoint at Le Tombeau du Géant in Bouillon, we have the most beautiful view of the Ardennes of Belgium. We walk through open fields with still beautiful views of the Ardennes. And soon we walk back into the woods near the La Semois. We descend using a dirt road back down to the banks of La Semois near Bouillon in the Ardennes in Belgium.

Here we arrive at an open space where we have a very nice view and have a quiet break on a wall. After a short stop we walk along the banks of the La Semois. Our map showes that the footpath along the banks of the La Semois continues flat, but the walking trail goes up. On a steep mountainside on a bad path we have no choice than to walk further. The trail is bad and it takes ages. Moreover, we are halfway and encounter a ladder. This ladder is definitely not suitable for people with vertigo! The ladder itself is not really a problem, but the cage top is just too narrow for us with a backpack on our backs. Even the rocks are, just below the top, not caved out enough, giving you a small piece to stand on the step. Fortunately, shortly after the ladder the trail better. On a steep path we walk to the lookout point over the La Semois and look back at a lower part in the walk.

After a short break we continue our walk through the woods towards Bouillon in the Ardennes in Belgium. This trail runs through a beautiful forest and is very good for walking. We both find it a nice part in the walk. In Poupehan we cross the La Semois and walk for the last time this round walk about 200 meters up to Corbion. The path up is not very steep and easy to walk. A dog provides the necessary sensation during our climb, but soon we arrive in Corbion in the Ardennes in Belgium.
We walk through Corbion and descend on the other side of the village to the banks of the La Semois. We walk over a campsite and along the banks of the La Semois further back to Bouillon. The last part of the walk on a paved path witch is nice after a long stretch of walking.

This walk near Bouillon should certainly not be underestimated. Not only the distance but also the height difference count heavily in this walk. A total of 4 times we climbed about 200 meters up. Also, during a part of the hike the trail was badly and we needed to climb a ladder. This walk is not suitable for people with small children, pets and people with vertigo. During the walk we didn’t really found place to buy food or drinks that were open. Perhaps this was too early in the season, but it is wise to bring your own food and drink with you. After all the warnings we can certainly recommend this hike. You walk through very beautiful scenery and lovely walks along La Semois. Also, the views are often breath taking.

Length: 21 km
Height difference: 4 times 200 m ascending and descending

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