Descarrega

Distància

17,5 km

Desnivell positiu

332 m

Dificultat tècnica

Moderat

Desnivell negatiu

332 m

Altitud màxima

243 m

Trailrank

65 5

Altitud mínima

-0 m

Tipus de ruta

Circular

Temps

6 hores 11 minuts

Coordenades

1339

Data de pujada

22 d’octubre de 2017

Data de realització

d’octubre 2017
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Vista 5775 vegades, descarregada 237 vegades

a prop de 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

4 comentaris

  • Foto de Njurg

    Njurg 12 d’ag. 2018

    He fet aquesta ruta  verificat  veure detalls

    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. :)

  • Foto de Palmtreeproduction

    Palmtreeproduction 12 d’ag. 2018

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

  • Foto de Steven H

    Steven H 28 d’oct. 2018

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

  • duerinck 19 de set. 2021

    Gedaan : 8.9.2021
    HG-05 Bridge : brug weggeslagen door noodweer van 14 juli 2021. Gelukkig liep er een pad bergop. Even verder, aan een hut gingen we linksaf, evenwijdig aan de track op een breder, maar mooi pad.
    Na 1,5 km alternatief liep een pad, gemerkt met blauw kruisje, naar beneden. Ook hier, aan de cascade Leopold II was de brug verdwenen. Rechtsomkeer, en terug boven zag ik toen pas een aanplakbiljet : “als gevolg van de overstromingen zijn alle wandelingen gesloten en verboden op het gebied van de gemeente Jalhay”
    300 meter verder op het asfalt konden we uiteindelijk richting track en kwamen we snel aan de parking van Belleheid om de Hoegne links te laten liggen en flink te klimmen (track week hier even af).
    Verder was de track goed te volgen. Door de ondergrond was het goed uitkijken waar je liep. Naast de Statte zijn door het water wat happen uit het pad, maar je vindt je weg wel. Het veengedeelte dat komt na de Statte was vrij goed opgedroogd.
    HG-29 De klim op het laatste gaf m.i. geen meerwaarde qua zicht en de laatste kilometer op asfalt was behoorlijk druk met auto’s.
    Ook voor mij blijft het een van mijn favoriete wandelingen.

Si vols, pots o aquesta ruta.