Ovelo - The High Fens between the Rur and Warche

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Ovelo - The High Fens between the Rur and Warche

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  • Robertville
    / Robertville
    Photo: CC BY, RSI Robertville
  • / Robertville
    Photo: RSI Robertville
  • / Robertville
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Botrange
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
  • / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
  • / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Botrange
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Reinhardstein
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
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Half the tour leads through the High Fens, where forest areas alternate with expansive peat bogs. The other 20 km takes you past open pastures around the Warche and Robertville reservoir, which you cross twice.
moderate
40 km
2:57 h
481 m
481 m

The Botrange Nature Park Centre is the beating heart of the High Fens-Eifel Nature Park situated on Belgian territory. Starting from the visitors’ centre, you cycle through dense forests into the Bayehon valley, which has carved its way deeply into the landscape. You then ride through the open countryside around Robertville. A reservoir was built here on the Warche in the 1920s to provide Malmedy with drinking water. The dam wall is 55 m high and retains almost 8 million m³ of water. The reservoir has meanwhile developed into a tourist attraction and an Eldorado for water sports enthusiasts.

Cows and pastures alternate with quaint and charming hamlets, and you reach the disused railway line when you have crossed the lake for the second time. You follow the Vennbahn cycle path for ten kilometres from the source region of the Rur to Kalterherberg (D). When you reach Sourbrodt, the Vennbahn leads you in solitary fashion through pastureland as far as the eye can see, then alongside areas of the Fens and finally parallel to the burbling Rur. Between Sourbrodt and Leykaul, on the tracks next to the cycle path, you will encounter draisines or railbikes travelling to and fro over a 7-km route. 

Author’s recommendation

An 800-metre walk at Robertville reservoir leads to the castle dating from 1354. It rises up above the Warche valley in an imposing manner.
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Updated: November 26, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
693 m
Lowest point
486 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel des Bains & Wellness

Safety information

Between node 80 and node 51 you will find yourself on a forest trail, part of which does not offer ideal cycling conditions. Please show consideration for hikers between nodes 51 and 50.

Tips, hints and links

  • Botrange: Fagn’eteria, T +32 80 445 359
  • Leykaul: Railbike, Am Breitenbach 35, T +32 80 685 890
  • Leykaul: Waffle Time
  • Küchelscheid: Taverne A’Lütze, Am Schwarzbach 2
  • Le Café, Auf Dem Hau 46, T+ 32 80 330 608

 

 

East Belgium Tourism Agency

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

Tel. +32 80 227 664

info@ostbelgien.eu

www.ostbelgien.eu

Start

Botrange, Naure parc centre, route de Botrange 313 (654 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.493140, 6.100510
DMS
50°29'35.3"N 6°06'01.8"E
UTM
32U 294351 5597478
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Destination

Botrange, Naure parc centre, route de Botrange 313

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the cycle route nodes: 76> 77> 78> 89 > 81> 45> 44> 43> 42> 38> 72> 71> 86> 83> 80> 51> 52> 50

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

www.infotec.be

 

Getting there

Please use Google Maps.

Parking

Free parking at the Nature Centre Botrange

Coordinates

DD
50.493140, 6.100510
DMS
50°29'35.3"N 6°06'01.8"E
UTM
32U 294351 5597478
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Author’s map recommendations

Equipment

  • Helmet
  • Sportswear
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Roadworthy bike
  • Drinking bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain protection
  • Camera

Similar routes nearby

  • Die Moor-Route
  • Ovelo - The High Fens in the eastern part of the Hertogenwald
  • Ovelo - Between the Amel and Warchenne
  • Ovelo – From the Weser dam to the Vennbahn
  • Die Warche-Route
  • Die Energie-Route
  • Ovelo - Around Bütgenbach Lake
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
40 km
Duration
2:57h
Ascent
481 m
Descent
481 m
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