If you’re looking a beautiful stroll to enjoy this autumn; Laurent Jacquemart of Hiking in Luxembourg walk through Belvaux is spot on.
This pleasant ramble leads you through the vicinity of Belvaux (lux. Bieles) and Soleuvre (lux. Zolwer) in the Minette region, where you can discover some features of its industrial past.
Start the tour in Belvaux at the roundabout near the town hall. Head north and stroll over the wooded hillocks called “Pakebierg“, “Lötschet” and “Zolwerknapp” with some lookouts over the urban surroundings. These particular elevations, so-called outliers, succeed each other in a perfect row in front of the Dogger escarpment with its iron ore deposits. Geologically, they are resulting from the proximity of the Meuse-Rhine watershed.
Arriving at Soleuvre, climb the “Zolwerknapp” hill, where you can discover the renovated well of a vanished castle, dating back to the VIIIth century, destroyed in 1552.
Return towards Belvaux and make a tour around the hillside of the “Gaalgebierg“, a former mining area, now a popular recreation spot with playgrounds, barbecue areas, educational trails (geology and mining history), fitness and mountain bike tracks.
Finally, cross the town of Belvaux to get back to the starting point.
Belvaux (9,27 km – Auto Pedestre)
Duration: 1 h 50 min
Elevation: 329-421 m
Level: moderate (5/10)
Walking ground quality: good