Welcome to an unforgettable journey alongside one of Belgium's most striking natural wonders – Le Hérou. Prepare to be awe-struck by the breathtaking views that await you at the summit, a vista so magnificent it will make you question whether you're still in Belgium. Gather your loved ones, because this adventure promises beautiful viewpoints you'll want to share with family and friends.
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Summary of the hike at Le Héroe in Nadrin
🚗Free parking at Le Bélvèdere
🌲 Viewpoint, rocky path and alongside the Ourthe river
🟩 Follow the green rectangle
Getting to Le Hérou
Le Hérou is an imposing rock formation, stretching an impressive 1400 meters horizontally alongside the Ourthe River in Nadrin, within the Belgian Ardennes.
When planning your visit, you'll have the choice of several routes, all leading to the pinnacle of Le Hérou.
For today's journey, I'll guide you through a shorter, more accessible route suitable for all skill levels.
You can begin your adventure either in the charming village of Nadrin, parking near the church, or opt for the convenience of parking at the former 'Le Bélvèdere' restaurant, as I did.
From this point, you'll make your way downhill, embarking on the captivating Le Hérou hike.
Before you set out, it's essential to be mindful of the hunting season, particularly during the months of October and November.
Throughout the Ardennes region, flyers indicate hunting dates, and it's crucial to heed these notices.
While the hike is enchanting year-round, winter hikers should equip themselves with sturdy, non-slip waterproof hiking shoes to ensure a safe journey.
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The most beautiful panorama of the Belgian Ardennes
The guided hike I recommend is marked by green rectangles, serving as your trail companions. Commence your adventure with a challenging 300-meter descent, followed by two picturesque kilometers alongside the Ourthe River.
Finally, the path ascends another 300 meters, leading back to your starting point. In total, you'll traverse four kilometers of the Ardennes' captivating natural beauty.
As you navigate the initial descent, consider taking a brief detour off the beaten path.
You'll notice paths on your left leading to the rock's summit, where you'll uncover the most astonishing panoramic view of the Ardennes.
For the perfect photo opportunity, this is the Ardennes' ultimate panorama.
The peak of Le Hérou is unmistakable, floow the green rectangle arrow to do this 5 km hike.
This spot offers the official viewpoint over the rock, where you can admire the Ourthe River winding through a vibrant forest of yellows and greens.
While this location tends to be bustling, I suggest starting your hike early to savor the view in tranquility.
Autumn's Palette Along the Ourthe
As you descend towards the base, you'll encounter the vivid tapestry of autumn colors along the Ourthe's banks.
From brilliant yellows to fiery reds, the scenery is nothing short of magical. Autumn and winter bring higher water levels, creating charming waterfalls and endowing the Ourthe with a wild, untamed beauty.
Although the path is mostly flat from this point, the Ardennes always have a few rocky surprises in store.
After approximately one kilometer along the Ourthe, the trail veers right, initiating your ascent towards the starting point. Along the way, you'll pass through pine forests and fields before reaching the village.
Here, you can choose to head left towards the church or turn right if you've parked near the old restaurant.
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Practical information for hiking Le Héroe
Please note that this hike is not suitable for children under the age of 7 due to the absence of stroller-friendly paths and the rocky terrain.
If you're hiking with your dog, rest assured that they'll have a blast here, with opportunities to play in the river and roam freely, provided they are well-trained.
Restaurant Parking: Rue du Hérou, 6660 Houffalize
Church Parking: Rue de Houffalize 3, 6660 Houffalize
Le Hérou Rock: Rue du Hérou 61, 6660 Houffalize
Accommodation close to Le Héroe in Nadrin
Looking to unwind after an exhilarating hike at Le Hérou? Consider extending your stay in the Ardennes for a nature retreat in this picturesque region. A weekend in the Ardennes promises to recharge your spirit, leaving you energized and ready to take on the world once more!
This accommodation, located a mere 500 meters from the Le Hérou hike, offers a cozy retreat for couples looking to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of the region. With its tranquil surroundings and intimate atmosphere, Pitch 15 is the perfect choice for a romantic escape.
You can find more details and book your stay here.
Holiday home for groups
This spacious holiday home, situated close to the Le Hérou hike, provides ample room for larger groups to relax, bond, and create lasting memories. Whether it's a cozy night by the fireplace or a fun-filled day exploring the Ardennes, this accommodation has you covered.
Discover more about this fantastic holiday home and secure your reservation here.
These accommodation options in Nadrin offer the perfect base for your adventure in the Ardennes, ensuring a comfortable and unforgettable stay, whether you're seeking romance or planning a group excursion.
Wishing you an incredible adventure at Le Hérou! This remains one of my all-time favorite walks in the Ardennes, and I hope it becomes one of yours too. Don't forget to tag me in your stories and, as always:
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