Belgium is seriously underrated! The country has amazing places that just need to be discovered. During this global pandemic it is clear that without a vaccine, international travel will be a challenge. That’s why I encourage you to do some sightseeing in Belgium and visit our beautiful green nature. The Ninglinspo is my go-to place to use the natural slides of the mountain river and hike in an enchanting forest with a viewpoint at the end.
La Reid is a little village in the province of Liège in the high Ardennes. This village is the epicenter of multiple walking routes and the perfect place to start your walk towards the Chaffour, the Charmille, and the Ninglinspo. Three amazing places to visit here on a day trip.
Le Chaffour is an old quarry at the edge of the wood established in a stunning vale. The wall on your right is 9 meters high and can be perfect for rock climbers. The wall has multiple cracks that can give you support during the climb. My friends abseiled the rock a few times last summer.
If you approach the Chaffour quietly you may see foxes. I saw three little ones on the opposite side of the wall. A perfect place for photographers trying to take animal shots.
To access this place, start from the village and go to “Chenal street” to continue straight for 500 meters till “Chaffour street” till you see the fork of the road and take a right.
If you continue straight you will see a little road that goes up. Here you will have a beautiful viewpoint over La Reid!
La Charmille is also called the cradle of La Reid. With over 4700 hornbeams plants that are mostly over 100 years old, this is the longest plant tunnel in Europe. With its 573 meters of wonderful vegetation it's definitely on the must-see list. The walk is accessible every time of the year and is gorgeous during every season.
Address: La Charmille du Haut Marêt, 4910 Theux
At The Ambleve river, erosion has carved wild valleys across the rocks leaving one of the country's most rural streams flows, the Ninglinspo.
This hike often makes the list of most beautiful hikes in Belgium due to its rustic terrain next to a mountain river. During the walk you have multiple places to go for a swim in the natural water basins and slides. Swimming and using the natural slides are just so much better than any waterpark!
I would suggest taking good hiking shoes for the walk and water shoes for the river. The bottom of the river is slippery due to the current but some protruding rocks can be dangerous. Personally I take my hammock with me everywhere. The Ninglinspo is a perfect place to hang it in the trees near the river. Dry up and enjoy the sun!
The Ninglinspo is located near Aywaille and Remouchamps. You can start your walk from La Charmille and hike down to the Ninglinspo or start at the parking in the village Sedoz. If you choose to start from La Charmille, before entering the cradle you will see an intersection. The road going to the Ninglinspo is the one on your left when seeing the Charmille.
The parking in Sedoz is the most popular place to start the walk and from this point, you will have 2 choices. You can take the 6 km route or the 2,5 km route depending on your preference.
If you take the long route you will arrive at the Drouet viewpoint over the whole region! Follow the blue rectangular to the viewpoint. Beautiful to do after a nice day of swimming, hiking, and relaxing.
I hope you will enjoy these beautiful places in Belgium! If you went after reading the article let me know how your day was and I will gladly feature your pictures on Fly Along.
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