No better place in Belgium for a great snow hike than at the Baraque de Fraiture! This is the first place where snow flakes will fall and will leave a white carpet for you to walk on. Put on your hiking shoes and get ready for a magical winter day.
Hiking at Plateau des Tailles
Baraque de Fraiture is the second highest point of Belgium with an altitude of 652m making this the central landmark for the Plateau des Tailles and a great place for a snow hike. The Plateau is a natural reserve covering the Natural Park of the Two Ourthes, the Amblèves rivers, and different forests.
My favourite walk here is the “walk of the Fagne Sacrawe'' with multiple infoboards about the fauna and flora of the region. The path goes through forests, villages, and Fagnes but the best part is the one on these little wooden bridges which are perfect during snowy days because they prevent you from slipping. This hike is for everyone, especially with kids and is 5 km.
From Baraque de Fraiture to Malempré
Looking to skip the crowds and go your own way? Start at the Baraque de Fraiture, ignore the overcrowded ski slopes and start your trail to Malempré. A beautiful little village in the valley down below.
You will need to follow the red squares to Malempré or you can decide to do the hike backwards. Park your car for free at the church of Malempré (where it will be less crowded than at the Baraque) and enjoy your hike.
This hike is a bit harder than the one at the Plateau des Tailles because it's a bit uphil. The total hike is 13 km. When hiking to Malempré you will cross the highway with an ecoduct, which is a lovely experienc. If you go early in the morning you may see the footprints of a deer.
Don't forget to stop at the St-Martin farm for some delicious home-made products of the region on your way back. A real treat!
Hiking around the ski slopes
Want to have some winter fun? Trowing snow balls, playing with the sledge and rolling around in the snow? Why bother to do a gigantic hike when actually everything you came for it already there! Start your hike at the ski slopes and follow the green arrows for an easy hike of 5 km to the village of Fraiture and come back up though the ski slopes.
There is a free parking at the ski slopes of the Baraque, but be there early in the morning as they tend to be full by the afternoon.
Start at the Auberge du Carrefour restaurant
At the roundabout of the Baraque de Fraiture you will see a restaurant called The Auberge du Carrefour. It's a delicous restaurant where you can eat an amazing meal after your hike.
At your right you have a wooden infoboard. Follow the yellow rectangulars for an easy hike of 5 km through the fields and forest of the region. You will end your hike at the ski slopes of the Baraque.
Hope you will enjoy these snow hikes, have a lovely day and Fly Along!