Circular walk from Samrée to La Roche-en-Ardenne - Walking in the Ardennes

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The walk from Samrée to La Roche-en-Ardenne had long been on our list of walks that we wanted to do in the Ardennes of Belgium. During our hiking weekend in Stavelot after breakfast we drive to Samrée. We park our car at the Church of Samrée and begin the walk to La Roche-en-Ardenne.

We walk on forestry roads through the open meadows near Samrée into a protected nature reserve. Once we walk right into the protected nature reserves there are two wild boars grazing along the dirt road. Nature we walk cautiously closer, but once they see us they're gone. Yet it remains fun to spot wildlife during all of our hikes. While hiking we walk in old production forests with spruce. We walk through the planted forest by long rows of trees that will be certainly cut down in a few years. After crossing an asphalt road we walk suddenly in a totally different forest. This fresh green beech is light and fresh. Also, the path is no longer a forest road but narrower path and more fun to walk over. The fresh spring green of the trees and the sun makes this part a very beautiful forest.

We walk along a source of a stream and starting to hiking down along the wildlife park of La Roche-en-Ardenne. At the cemetery of La Roche-en-Ardenne we walk on the asphalt road to the center. Through the busy shopping center we walk to a square with lots of choice of restaurants. Under the canopy of the butcher we discuss what we will to have for lunch. We are very pleased with the canopy, because it starts to rain extremely hard.

By the time we have finished our lunch the weather has cleared a bit and therefore it is time to walk to Samrée back again. We walk along the banks of the Ourthe towards the paved road that we want to walk up. We walk just across the promenade along the Ourthe when it starts to rain again. So we find shelter under a roof with benches until the rain is over blown. On the asphalt road we turn left and walk uphill. We walk up a nice stream which is sometimes visible between the trees. Beside the road are several nice flowers and butterflies we see for the first time this year. Halfway is a bench where we take a break. Not much later we come across to a great picnic spot with a nice lake where there are more benches. If we had known we were walked a bit further.

We walk on forest roads through production forests back to Samrée. Although it is a production forests, it are very nice to walk through. As we walk through the woods, again it is raining again but the trees provide cover. Then we walk into the open fields with very nice views. At the highest point we look out over the Ardennes near Samrée and La Roche-en-Ardenne. After these beautiful views we walk back to the car at the church of Samrée.

We understand why this walk between Samrée and La Roche-en-Ardenne is so popular. Nature is very beautiful to walk through and there are chances that you will see wildlife while walking. Also La Roche-en-Ardenne is incredibly fun to walk through and have a lunch. La Roche-en-Ardenne is also an ideal place to have lunch at one of the many terraces.

Length: 15 km
Height difference: 300 m

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