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Travel the length of the RAVeL paths in Wallonia

19 August 2019

There is a vast cycle network in Belgium and this charming little country alone has no fewer than five EuroVelo routes! Three of them are in Wallonia (EV3 – Pilgrims Route, EV5 – Via Romea (Francigena) and EV19 – Meuse Cycle Route) and they are part of the RAVeL network

Discover the riches of the region whilst travelling along old railways, enjoy a foodie walk organised by RAVeL des BBQ and create your own plan using the map. There are lots of travel opportunities in Wallonia to delight outdoorsy families, such as cyclists.

Zoom in on the RAVeL paths

RAVeL routes in Wallonia

The RAVeL network (Réseaux Autonome des voies Lentes, French for Autonomous network of slow routes) offers more than 1,430 km of cycle paths in Wallonia. Around 45 itineraries, originally towpaths and disused railway lines, have been signposted to serve as cycling or walking routes for cyclists, but also hikers, horse riders and people with reduced mobility.

To make travelling easier, the RAVeL network connects the different local routes of the region to form 10 regional itineraries and 3 international EuroVelo itineraries in Belgium.

A great way to discover the big cities, rural areas and protected natural areas of Wallonia in peace.

Nodes

So-called nodes or junctions are used as additional orientation tools to help travellers find their way through the mesh of RAVeL pathways.

A nodes network consists of mesh 5 to 8 km in length. Each crossroads between two sections of the network corresponds to a number. Each number is signposted together with the following number to which each branch of the crossroads leads. This allows cyclists and hikers to construe their own routes, depending on how far they want to travel and whether they want to go in a circle or straight. It is possible, for instance, to start travelling on one route and change routes when you arrive at a node.

More information on nodes.

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BBQ RAVeL

From July to September, the province of Namur organises 5 delicious events along the RAVeL network, in keeping with this year’s theme “Wallonia - Land of water”.

The route offers 5 delicious stops over approximately 25 km, where travellers can discover local produce cooked on the barbecue.

On the day, participants can also have their bikes serviced by Pro Velo.

A perfect mixture of sports and gastronomy.

The BBQ RAVeL programme.

Les Chemins du RAVel on TV

Les Chemins du RAVel, aired on Notélé during the summer months, highlights the treasures of the regions crossed by the RAVel network.

Over the course of 12 reports, viewers discover the historical, tourist, folklore and industrial heritage of Wallonia.

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