The Belgian Ardennes is a great location for a long weekend break with open countryside, beautiful river valleys and riding roads through the forests and wooded hills. Often ridden through on route to destinations throughout Europe it can be easy to miss the flowing roads and picturesque towns and villages. The region is steeped in history and we include a visit to The Bastogne War Museum which commemorates the Battle of the Ardennes.
We start our tour with an afternoon crossing on Eurotunnel to France and ride to our first hotel less than hour from Calais. As we leave the train we are immediately onto quiet, open roads, with our route designed to whet your appetite for the riding to come over the next few days. On day two we cross into Belgium which will be our base for three nights, staying in one hotel giving you the opportunity to off-load luggage and join us on ride-outs through the Ardennes. Our hotel is near the town of Libramont in the province of Wallonia, it has a wellness centre and a hot tub should you wish to relax at the end of the day before dinner and is ideally located to explore the region.
Belgium is often associated with “Beer, Frites, Chocolate and Waffles”, however, as a motorcycling destination it is so much more. Often described as a smaller scaled Black Forest, the roads flow along the hills and follow the meandering curves of the many rivers. One such river valley is the Semois with a spectacular twisty road ascending to the village of Rochehaut, literally translated as “High Rock” where you can take in the views of the meandering river and the green forests of the Ardennes.
Our ride-outs have been planned to provide you with a flavour of the diverse nature of the Ardennes region. As mentioned above one of our routes takes in a visit to the Bastogne War Museum and also the impressive Mardasson Memorial. To the north of our hotel the Belgian Ardennes meet the Eifel region home to the Spa Francorchamps race circuit and the historic town of Stavelot where the racetrack museum is located. We ride through the Deux Ourthes Nature Park with the hills and forests resting on some of the oldest rocks in the country and Belgium’s “Golden Valley” which is home to Orval Abbey. We include a coffee stop at this 12th century monastery and there will be ample time for anyone wishing to take a visit through the grounds of the Abbey.
On day five of the tour we cross the border through the forests of the Belgian/French Ardennes and into the Argonne forest region home to some of our favourite riding roads through Northern France. The open nature of the landscape and the quiet country roads make for a very relaxing day of riding before arriving at our final hotel of the tour. That evening there will be excellent French cuisine to enjoy together with regional wine and coffee. The following morning we have a country route before picking up the autoroute near Reims, the capital of the Champagne region riding north to Calais for an afternoon Eurotunnel crossing to the UK.