Sparkling, reflective and memorable.
Perfect for...easy cycling along the
riverside paths with 2000 years of history passing under your wheels.
These are two departments of France. Champagne is known to everyone through its prestigious, celebratory, sparkling wines and rolling vineyard covered countryside. Ardennes is defined by its lime stone hills and deep river valleys, and famous for its battles, beer, forests and slate mines, but amazingly undiscovered by tourism. The name Ardennes derives from Arduinna, the celtic goddess, and Arduinna also happened to have been Saint Hubert’s horse. The newly opened cycle path along the banks of the river Meuse and the RAVel track into Belgium reached from Dinant provide peaceful cycling and fabulous nature watching (roller skating, walking and horse riding too) through stunning scenery. The green Michelin is full of praise for the views. The lack of tourism has meant few luxurious hotels, but wonderfully welcoming people.
Our holidays start at newly refurbished ** Hotel
le Saint Hubert in Haybes, on the banks of the river Meuse, or next door
in the Le Clos Belle Rose.
All cycling routes are Grade 1 cycling along the Cycle Paths running beside the River Meuse but can be hillier away from the valley