4 Day Inn-to-Inn Guided Canoe Trip to the Belgium Ardennes

A weir on the Lesse

Navigating the weir at the Chateau Walzin on the Lesse river

Trip Summary

This trip is more fully described with more illustrations over at our main website.

This is a 3 Night, 4 Day trip where we spend a day on the Ourthe, then a  day on the Lesse which are rivers in the  Belgium Ardennes.

The trip is either a week-end or a mid-week excursion starting and finishing in Dover.

This trip is scheduled to run on demand. If you are a group of between 4 and 14 then feel free to choose your own dates and we will do our very best to arrange it.

This trip is an Explorer and has a 10% reduction to 860 Euros per person.

Groups of more than 14 can be accommodated on special request.

The trip meets & departs from a pre-arranged point in Kent, UK, that is convenient for the Dover->Calais ferry crossing.

The Trip includes:

  • Canoe on 2 different rivers

  • Includes Ferry crossing, Dover->Calais

  • Includes all transfers to & from the rivers

  • Fully Guided whilst on the river

  • Full minibus support throughout

  • Includes all accommodation

  • Includes all breakfasts, lunches and evening meals

Ourthe river in Autumn

Overlooking the Ourthe River valley in Autumn

Trip Description

The Ourthe and the Lesse are all tributaries of the Meuse which flow through the Ardennes, the rural and largely wooded hill country in the south of Belgium in French speaking Wallonia. We will drive to the Ardennes in the early evening of our first day.

Our first paddle will be on the next day and we will paddle a 21km (13m) stretch of the Ourthe river from Nisramont to Roche-en-Ardennes through the beautiful Gorge Herou.

On the next day we will then canoe a 24km (15m) stretch of the Lesse river from Houyet to Anseremme, following the river as it meanders through a deep and wooded valley to the Meuse. The valley famously follows the route of a small local railway in a valley which has no road. We will pass the the tiny National Park of Furfooz, with its Roman ruins and also the splendid Chateau Walzin.

On the morning of our last day we will return to Calais for a ferry crossing at about midday and then return to our own vehicles shortly after we arrive back in the UK in the afternoon.

Chateau Walzin

The Chateau Walzin on the Lesse River

Trip Schedule

Day 1. Arrival and first meeting.

You will be met at our arranged meeting point by our guides for your transfer to the port at Dover. After crossingt to Calais we will have a 3 hour drive to Cendron-Celles and the Auberge de la Lesse.

We will aim to take an afternoon sailing to Calais and arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. If we can find time we will make a cafe stop in Chimay along the way.

Day 2. On the Ourthe

After a hearty breakfast we will drive to La Roche-en-Ardennes in the morning (about 50 minutes) to begin our paddle of the Ourthe river from Nisramont back to La Roche.

We will canoe through the beautiful Gorge Herou and negotiate some minor rapids as the river meanders wildly.

Somewhere near the small village of Maboge we will pull over on the bank, or on an island, for a picnic lunch. After lunch the river opens out into a wider valley as it approaches La Roche.

A 50 minute drive, via a Trappist cafe in Rochefort, will return us to our hotel.

Day 3. A ride down the Lesse river

After breakfast we will drive to Houyet (about 30 minutes) to begin our descent of the Lesse river down to Anseremme, following the river as it meanders through a deep and wooded valley to the Meuse.

The valley famously follows the route of a small local railway in a valley which has no road. We will pass the the tiny National Park of Furfooz, with its Roman ruins and also the splendid Chateau Walzin. We will find our lunch spot around here.

At the end of the day a very short drive will take us to our hotel.

Day 4. Farewells and the time to leave

After a leisurely breakfast we will return to Calais in time to catch a midday ferry home, and then return you to your vehicles in the afternoon.

The Meuse near Dinant

The Meuse where the Lesse joins it, near Dinant

Trip Accommodation

Auberge de la Lesse

We shall stay at the Auberge de la Lesse for all 3 nights. It is situated on the banks of the Lesse

The Auberge is about 3 hours drive from the port at Calais, for our arrival and departure and about 50 minutes from La Roche-en-Ardennes where we begin our paddling on the second day, and about 20 minutes from where we start and finish canoeing on the third day.

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