The Meuse by bike - Eurovelo 19
The Meuse by bike, an international cycle trail with the European EuroVelo label, is an interesting challenge for cyclists with a certain amount of experience.
Whether you choose a relaxing day on the spot or the full itinerary (which comprises easy daily stages), the trail is well-marked and easy to follow. The route is aligned North-South and starts from the Langres plateau, passing through the Vosges Massif before heading for Verdun, Sedan, Charleville-Mézières, Monthermé and Givet.
The essential stages in Belgium are Dinant, Namur and Liège, while in the Netherlands the trail takes cyclists through Maastricht, Rotterdam and finally the Hook of Holland, where the Meuse enters the North Sea.
The history of the Meuse and its inhabitants, its varied landscapes and welcoming villages will hold no more secrets for you.
You will find further information about the activities, places to stay, culinary encounters and practical questions on www.meuseavelo.eu
Download the practical guide for the French section from the following link: The Meuse by bike in France
The Trans-Ardennes greenway
The Trans-Ardennes greenway is a link in the EuroVelo 19 trail. With a length of 121 km, from de Remilly-Aillicourt to Givet, it runs along the former towpath alongside the Meuse.
Whether on foot, bicycle, "rosalie" or even on horseback, this itinerary is open to everyone.
• Download the Trans-Ardennes Greenway road book
• Prepare your stay on www.francevelotourisme.com
• Find professional hosts, rentals, repair shops, places to visit and tourist offices with the "Accueil vélo" (cyclists welcome) label along the trail.
• Consider using the TER (regional express trains) to reach your departure point, with your bike.
• Discover the booklet "Bicycle rental in the Ardennes"
Starting from Monthermé, a perfectly lovely circuit follows the Semoy river for 20 km as far as the Belgian frontier. This bicycle track, named the Trans-Semoysienne, leads you to some of the most beautiful views of this picturesque valley, a paradise for nature lovers.
It follows the former railway line along the river, and is dotted with explanatory panels presenting the natural heritage of the Semoy valley and the history of the hamlets it passes through. Before reaching Belgium and its Ravel network, the track gains a little altitude, for the greater pleasure of the more sporting hikers.
Download the route
The Ennemane Greenway
The Ennemane river rises close to the village of Raucourt-et-Flaba, and flows from northwards for 11 km, passing through Haraucourt and Angecourt before joining the Meuse near Remilly-Aillicourt.
The Ennemane Greenway, which connects with the Meuse by bike, follows the watercourse for 9 km along the path of the former railway line which used to supply numerous industrial sites, chiefly specialising in metallurgy.
Three metres wide, it winds between the trees and crosses streams and wet zones using pontoons. A series of information panels prepared with the assistance of local historians highlights the historical wealth of the area.
Cycling in the Ardennes
Explore the Ardennes by bike, and discover the exceptional natural heritage and rich and varied landscapes that await you along the cycle and MTB trails. Discover a selection of the family trails and sporting circuits...