Valley of the Semois

During this three-day guided bikepackingtrip you will discover the Semois valley in the French Ardennes. Steep rocky slopes and wide forests along the winding Semois form the ideal decor for exploring with a packed mountainbike. Would you like a little more luxury? Discover the new option 'Overnight stay in a tree house'.

During this bikepackingweekend "Valley of the Semois" you will experience the beautiful surroundings of the valley. You will explore it by mountainbike along with al the necessary equipment such as sleeping equipment, food and water. This allows us to travel independent for a few days, away from busy society, to fully enjoy the nature and the adventure.

This trip has a total of 72 kilometers spread over two daytrips. You will be self-sufficient for eating, drinking and sleeping outside. We will give you all the advice you need to do this properly. There is no need to buy special bikepacking bags because you can rent them from us at a low price.

New option!

Would you like a little more luxury and less luggage on your mountain bike? Then choose the option “Overnight stay in tree house”. You spend the night in one of the two fairytale tree houses along the banks of the Semois. The tree houses are equipped with a wood stove, a cozy warm evening is granted!

Two weeks before the start of the trip, Trailgrip organizes an information evening. At the moment we are handing out a lot of tips, you will receive an detailed briefing and we will deliver your bikepacking bags if you have chosen to rent them.

DAY 1

Monthermé - Roc La Tour | 40 km

When the bikes our ready we leave the small port of Monthermé taking the bridge over the Meuse. A short but steep climb takes us out of the valley while the beautiful rock massif "Roc La Tour" appears in the distance. Enjoying a short downhill, we arrive in "La Roche Aux Corpias" where our route crosses the Semois and climbs to "Point de Vue du Liry". Here waits us a great view of the Semois, which winds its way through the countryside and the village of Tournavaux.

Winding paths between the many deciduous trees in this area lead us to the next viewpoint "Col du Loup ". We descend on a challenging single track towards Nohan Sur Semois. This idyllic place is the ideal opportunity for a picnic. After replenishing the water supply, we cross the Semois again over an old pedestrian bridge in the village of Naux. This bridge is gratefully commemorated as the only bridge in the region that was not blown up during the second world war.

We climb out of the valley and stretch our legs at the old forest house "Le Champ-Bernard". After a few more easy kilometers we end this day at "Roc La Tour". A cozy campfire, an unforgettable view and a drink are the ideal setting to enjoy this hard but beautiful day.

If you choose the option "Overnight stay in a treehouse", after "Roc La Tour" you will descend six kilometers to the banks of the Semois. This brings the daily total of this option to 46 kilometers.

DAY 2

Roc La Tour - Monthermé | 32 km

Strengthened by a powerful breakfast, we leave the Semois behind and head into the deep deciduous forest. If you have opted for an overnight stay in a tree house then the day starts with a climb towards "Roc La Tour" which brings the daily total to 38 kilometers.

The morning is characterized by the many forest paths that lead us along drinking fountains and lots of natural beauty. In the small village Les Vieux Moulins D'hargnies we stop for a picnic. In "Auberge Le Balcon en Forêt", a drink gives us the necessary energy to resume our tour in the afternoon.

A final climb takes us to "La longue Roche" a viewpoint on the spectacular meander of the Meuse around the town of Monthermé. We end our adventure with a technical downhill towards the small port of Monthermé. But we will not say goodbye before one last drink on this unforgettable adventure!

Start and endpoint

Starting- and ending point of this trip is at the small marina beneath the bridge of Montherme. We choose this place for different reasons. You can leave your car at the free parking space. If you travel by train, the trainstation is only 3 kilometers away.

Overnights

Adventure and nature share a first place on Trailgrip travels. So don't expect a luxurious bed, but relax on a campfire and a warm sleeping bag. Spending the night in a treehouse with stove is also an option we offer.

Trailgrip provides a few tarps for this trip. These are waterproof sails that protect us against wind and light rain. The tarps are tensioned between our bikes or trees. This allows us to camp as true adventurers under the starry sky.

In case of bad weather conditions or on request of the participants, there is the option of giving preference to a campsite at each end point. These accommodations are not included in the price of this weekend.

New option!

Does all this sound a bit too adventurous for you? We have good news for you! From 2021 we offer an option to stay overnight in a cozy tree house on the banks of the Semois. You can check this option when booking.

Meals

Who sports needs energy! Trailgrip provides decent freeze-dried meals and some energy snacks for on the road. Be sure you can take enough water with you, for example bicycle drinkbottles or a Camelbak. It is useful if these are already filled on departure. Along the road there are several possibilities to fill them with tap water.

Necessities

As a participant you must have the following equipment. We are happy to advise you on a possible purchase. Or maybe you can borrow certain things from friends or family?

  • A decent mountain bike
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Spoon and cup
  • Cycling clothing and shoes
  • Extra inner tube
  • Drinking bottle and / or CamelBak
  • Bicycle lighting and head lamp

Start bikepacking can take a serious bite out of your budget. That is why we offer our participants the opportunity to rent bikepacking bags. During the online reservation you can indicate which items you wish to rent.

*Does not apply to the treehouse option. You will receive a detailed packing list two weeks before the start of the trip during an information evening.

Insurance

Each participant of a trip organized by Trailgrip must be insured for the full duration of the trip for physical accidents, legal assistance and civil liability.

Trailgrip recommends for this the insurance of the Vlaamse Wielerbond - VWB . The submission of a valid membership certificate from the VWB or an equivalent foreign alternative is required for participation on a trip organized by Trailgrip. When booking a trip you must enter your membership number.

Your membership at the VWB is fully or partially reimbursed by various health insurance funds. More info

Cancellation

You can cancel your booking up to 30 days before departure. You get the amount paid back with deduction of 5% administration costs.

For cancellations between 30 and 7 days before departure, we will deduct 25% from the amount paid. Cancellation of the trip from 7 days before departure cannot be refunded.

More info, see terms and conditions.

Included

The items below are included in the price and are provided by Trailgrip.

  • Breakfast on Sunday morning *
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday afternoon *
  • A supper on Saturday evening *
  • 8 energy bars for each participant
  • Tea and coffee
  • Use of cooking equipment
  • Tarps as protection during the nights
  • Use of bicycle repair tools
  • Mapped out mountain bike tours
  • Daily briefings
  • Professional advice and guidance

* The meals we offer our participants are freeze-dried food. This is a perfect solution for travels where the volume and weight of the luggage are important. The choice of Trailgrip goes with no doubt towards LYO-food. You will discover why ;-)

Not included

The items below are not included in the price.

  • Traveling to and from the starting point
  • Insurance (see practical information)
  • Renting bikepacking-bags
  • Mountainbike
  • Personal cycling and camping equipment (see practical information)
  • Optional overnight stay in a tree house

Price

€ 175.00 p.p.

places left

6 places left

Group discount

15%

Period

18/09/21 - 19/09/21

Start

18/09/21 om 09:00
Monthermé

Overnights

2 x camp back to basics
option treehouse

Total distance

72.00 kilometer

Total ascent

1531 meter

Technical level

Condition

End date bookings

10-09-2021

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