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Koordináták 1339

Uploaded 2017. október 22.

Recorded október 2017

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17,5 km

Megtekintve 2557 alkalommal, letöltve 152 alkalommal

közel Hockai, Wallonia (Belgique)

The area near and around Solwaster, Hockai, Sourbrodt and around Baraque Michel is, without doubt, one of the prime hiking areas of the Eifel and the Ardennes. The network of small and wild streams, narrow footpaths, unspoilt nature, and the mixture of deciduous forests and open moorlands is second to none.

The trails of the Valley of the hoegne stream, between Hockai and the Belleheid Bridge, are under the patronage of the Belgian King Albert II, and the valley is rated among the most beautiful of Belgium. We haven't hiked all valleys in Belgium, but we tend to agree. It is an absolute highlight.

Almost as beautiful is the valley of the Statte, a little more quiet but equally romantic.

The hiking times are difficult to state, mainly on the grounds of the many photo-stops along the way. Especially along the Hoegne, we met several groups of photographers who were busy capturing the atmosphere with long exposure of the cascades.

This is a moderate hike on small footpaths. The under-footing can be slippery and muddy, and overall speed might be lower than on the usual hiking trails.

We started at the Hotel Beau Site in Hockai, and follow a footpath above the old railway line. We cross the railway line (now a bicycle path) and soon reach the Bridge 'Pont Centenaire across the Hoegne. There is a 'gate' signifying the begin of the actual Hoegne trail that is under the protection of the king.

Always stay close to the stream, sometimes crossing from one bank to the other.

Pay attention at waypoint HG09 (Picnic Place). Don't follow the broad forest road, but stay close to the river instead.

At HG12 is a parking lot, and alternative starting place. Across the bridge and ford are restaurants, though they may only open in summer and weekends. In late October, the bridge was closed for pedestrains (vehicles may cross through the ford), and even if the restaurants were open, you would arrive with wet feet.

Following a steep ascent, you cross some farmland and the outskirts of Solwaster, before entering the forest again. You first come across a seasonal stream, before arriving at the Statte, which we will follow upstream. Shortly after the bridge is a short excursion to the top of the Rocher de Bilisse, a vertical piece of slate. There are no views from the top, but it's good for your ego.

Down in the valley again, follow the Statte for a long while, always straight at several intersections and forks. Eventually you arrive at the typical Venn moorlands. At way point HG21, don't miss the right turn. There is an example of peat harvesting a way point HG22.

At way point HG26, you have the choice of turning left (as we did) to reach the upper Hoegne valley. This part is not as scenic as from where we started, but is easy going. Alternatively, continue straight at way point HG26 and meet our trail again at way point HG28.

At waypoint HG 29 we decided to turn left to sample a few more views of Hockai. Alternatively, you may simple follow the tarmac road back to the hotel.

For the very energetic, we recommend to combine this trail and wikiloc #11696239 (3 Torrents and what felt like 100 bridges) to a grand tour of everything this area has to offer.

For unknown reasons, my GPS recorded all elevations about 300 meter lower than they are. This doesn't matter for the calculations of total elevation gain and loss.
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HG 01-Hotel

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HG 02-Bridge across old Railway

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HG 03-Fork

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HG 04-Bridge Centenaire and Gate

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HG 05-Bridge

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HG 06-Stay on this side

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HG 07-Bridge

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HG 08-Chene Rustique

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HG 09-Picnic Place

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HG 10-Stay on this riverside

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HG 11-Bridge

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HG 12-Parking and Bridge de Belleheid

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HG 13-Fork

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HG 14-Path

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HG 15-Excursion to RdB

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HG 16-Rocher de Bilisse

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HG 17-Cascade de Nutons

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HG 18-Road and Bridge

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HG 19-Keep Straight

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HG 20-Road

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HG 21-Fork

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HG 22-Peat

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HG 23-Fork

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HG 24-Fork

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HG 25-Old Boundary Stone

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HG 26-Fork

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HG 27-Fork

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HG 28-Intersection

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HG 29-Fork

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SW 03-Gabel

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SW 04-Gate

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SW 06-Denkmal

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SW 07-Gabel

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SW 08-Brücke

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  • Fénykép Njurg

    Njurg 2018.08.12.

    I have followed this trail  ellenőrzött  View more

    This was one of the best documented trails I've ever followed! Kudos to the author for the amount of details and instructions provided! :)
    Apart from that, my group decided to mark it as easy (we had no trouble, it was well maintained, and it isn't that long or challenging - plenty of families with kids along the way), however I can imagine it being more challenging when there's more water in the river. Mid summer, it was just trickling enough to provide nice background sound. And the scenery was beautiful all the way! We're sure to go back to this one. :)

  • Fénykép Palmtreeproduction

    Palmtreeproduction 2018.08.12.

    Thank you very much for your comment! Glad you enjoyed the hike.

  • Fénykép Steven H

    Steven H 2018.10.28.

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Done several hikes in the region but this became my nr 1!

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