Welcome to Bike’s Wallonia Routes page. Use the following links to access the routes used in January 2018’s Wallonia supplement.
Ever heard of Wallonia? It’s the southern half of Belgium, and as far as motorcyclists are concerned, the more exciting half. It’s home to the Spa-Francorchamps race circuit, classic racing at Gedinne, famous World War II landmarks like Bastogne, and the Belgian Ardennes. Expect to eat delicious potato tartiflette, Trappist beer, and copious amounts of chips and mayonnaise – the Belgian fast food of choice. Find chips at any local friterie – the equivalent of a British fish’n’chip shop.
Visit between June and September for fantastic weather. October is for risk-takers: the whole area turns into a leafy golden spectacle, but there’s a higher chance of rain. Good weather for the weekend? The region’s only a short hop across the Channel with Eurotunnel. From Calais it’s only a 90-minute ride to Tournai at Wallonia’s western edge. With this fast crossing you could be cruising along Ardennes river valleys within four hours.
Route 1: Enter Wallonia
Tournai to Chimay https://goo.gl/maps/sBWQL8Q8h4U2
See Chimay’s famous Trappist monastery, and Hitler’s Battle of France bunker which you’ll find at Bruly-de-Pesche.
Route 2: Riding to Spa
Tournai to Spa-Francorchamps https://goo.gl/maps/1oHkFEAUBtu
See diverse classic bikes at the Mahymobiles museum, and the Ronquieres canal boat escalator.
Route 3: Explore the Ardennes
Chimay round trip https://goo.gl/maps/CA5hEMCKPYP2
See the beautiful Meuse and Semois valleys from hillside viewpoints, and the Gaume Jazz festival in August.
Route 4: Belgian Battlefields
Eben-Emael to Bastogne https://goo.gl/maps/ZsR4Fhn9Ndn
See Eben-Emael, the Belgian fortress that was defeated in a single day, and the Royal King Tiger at La Gleize.
Route 5: Roads and Road Races
Charleroi to Arlon: https://goo.gl/maps/XhB7gsPFBVQ2
See supermoto racing at Mettet in October, and Dinant – the home of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax.
For more information on Wallonia, visit www.walloniabelgiumtourism.co.uk