ELFE stands for ‘Espace de Loisirs Forestiers Européens’, a network of footpaths covering over 80 kilometres, running between France and Belgium.
These hiking trails reveal the loveliest paths in the Croix Scaille forest and the nearby land of France.
One of them offers a superb walk from the Millennium Tower to the village of Hargnies.
max. 499 m
min. 263 m
The starting point: the Millennium Tower
Waymarking: yellow rectangle
The course :
Make your way to the ‘Ferme Jacob’ and then follow the wide forest path (on the right as you leave the farm).
This path takes you to the Alfred Bruck monument. From here, you walk along a small road that joins the main road which you will follow for about 200 metres before turning right and going toward towards the mill stream.
You then take a narrow forest path at the bottom of the valley along the Hulle stream to Collin Bridge.
A border stage at the heart of the deep Ardennes forest. This sector was once known as a place of tobacco and coffee smuggling.
The course :
You will follow the tumultuous waters of the Hulle stream to the low footbridge.
You will also take the fun-filled route of the ELFE network, with panels along the way explaining this amazing treasure hunt.
Cross the low footbridge over the stream and then climb back up toward the village of Hargnies. Here you will leave the forest and enter the vast meadows of the Hargnies plateau.
A very pleasant, shady picnic area has been set out along the route. So why not take a short break before going down towards this picturesque village.
As you arrive in the village, a small fountain awaits you in the main street so that you can refresh yourself before going to place de Launet, where your lovely nature ramble ends.
Hargnies is renowned for its gastronomy and in particular for its cold meats. Something to look forward to when your walk has given you an appetite.