GR16 Sentier de la Semois: Mortehan - Membre

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GR16 Sentier de la Semois: Mortehan - Membre is a 40.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near the city of Cugnon that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

40.6 miles 9853 feet Point to Point

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One of the nicest GR trails of Belgium along the river Semois with many panoramic views and climbs. Three days along the borders of the river Semois in the Ardens along the nicest places. One of the most beautiful GR routes in Belgium with a varying trail and climbs witch puts you to your limits. This guide takes you on a heavy journey along the Semois with many panoramic views, small trails, rock formations, typical villages, steep climbs and much much more. Day 1: Mortehan - Bouillon: 31km Height difference: +687m -779m Starting point: Camping Les Ochay - Mortehan Ending point: Youth hostel - Bouillon Day one is the easiest of the three day hike, we start in the small town of Mortehan at the border of the Semois near Pont de Lingle at the camping site of "Les Ochay". From here we pick up the GR16 trail signs (red-white stripes) in the direction of Bertrix. We never leave the GR trail until we reach Bouillon so its just enjoying the views and trails. Day 2: Bouillon - Chairiere: 29km Height difference: +1226m -1370m Starting point: Youth hostel - Bouillon Ending point: Camping "Le Trou du Cheval" - Chairiere Day two is the heaviest day of all so be prepared! Best is to start early in Bouillon so you'll have enough time to reach the campingsite in Chairiere. We pick up the GR trail on the bridge Pont de France in the center of Bouillon where the Semois flows. From here we do not leave the GR16 trail until we reach Chairiere to reach the camping site. The camping site is located close to the GR trail so it's not much of a detour. Day 3: Chairiere - Membre and back to the start: 10,3km and 14,8km Height difference: +731m -923m Starting point: Camping "Le Trou du Cheval" - Chairiere Ending point: Camping Les Ochay - Mortehan Day three is the day to return, we do not give up the GR16 trail yet. You'll hike further along the GR16 trail to Membre-Sur-Semois before taking the bus back to Menuchenet. But if your condition is still OK after day two, you might hike to the last village before the French border. After the short bustrip to Menuchenet, we hike from the busstop back to the camping "Les Ochay" where we started the first day.

When i planned the hike, the plan was to go al the way to France but i underestimated it a little bit. The second day puts you to the limit, very tough day. The last day the hiking speed was nearly halved.But besides that, great hike along the borders of the Semois, one of the nicest trails in Belgium.