GR126 - Day hike - Dinant/Houyet (26/35km) - redux

After a long time without activity on this group ...and not a lot of time to organise something new, I decided to redo one of my favourite stages to see how it looks like in the spring. 

Here's then the link to the previous activity, with some pictures:

Some facts

First part

Distance: 25.8km, 

Total ascent: 765m

Total descent: 735m

Kind of surfaces: unsurfaced, earth, gravels, asphalt.

Second part

Distance: 9km 

Total ascent: 134m

Total descent: 129m

Kind of surface: earth paths, rock, ladders

Here's some additional organisational information learnt from the previous activity:

- the pace that we had this day was the strict minimum (4.2km/h, pauses included, which was fast given the elevation profile of the walk) to allow to catch the train around 16.00 in Gendron-Celles (we arrived 4-5 minutes before the train) and the train around 18.00 in Houyet.

- the headlamp was not necessary in the winter, it shouldn't be in the summer ;)

- for those who want to come back in kayak, departures from Gendron-Celles are allowed until 12.30 (I'm not up to the challenge though).


Hiking boots, appropriate clothing, enough food and drinks for the day (the pause for lunch are short, to avoid cooling down too much)


- one return train ticket to Houyet (a Rail pass is better if you have one)


Meetup at 8:10 at the Brussels-Luxembourg station. Arrival in Brussels around 17h40 if we walk fast, 19h40 otherwise (for the 26km, +2h for the 35km).


And thanks Gijs for the idea of adding the note for the new comers:

• There is a max. number of participants set, because we think hiking is more fun in relatively small groups
• The first on the waiting list will be automatically “promoted” to the participants list if somebody would cancel (if you join the waiting list with friends, be aware that you'll only be moved to the main list if there are enough spots for you and your friends, which can only happen if someone on the main list with friends cancels)
• Please only RSVP if you are sure to join. If your agenda changes, please update your status asap (see also group information).
• A good condition is required and to prevent blisters make sure your shoes are “broken in”; i.e. by having done some longer hikes in the last few months.

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    Hello , I was just wondering if there is still another trekking happening following ? Any plans yet for end of june or the month of july, as I don't see any event on the calendar, i would really start to participate on the trekkings, please let me know if any trekking is organized. Thanks in advance, With Kind regards, Olivia(Brussels)

    June 14, 2014

    • Renaud

      Hello. What concerns me, nothing before July, sorry. All my week-ends in June are full.

      June 14, 2014

    • Gosia


      June 21, 2014

  • Renaud

    With some delaying, it's time for the stats: since the number for distances and elevation are already known, here are then some other stats:
    - people missing before the hike: 1
    - people missing during the hike: 1
    - organiser lost during the hike, because someone was missing: 1
    - number of castles seen during the hike: 3
    - feet flying over valleys: 2 (this one is just to encourage someone to upload some pictures :-p)
    - countries that think that the extra nine kilometers should be tempted, despite the temperature: Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Netherlands, Belgium
    - countries that think that a beer was a better idea that doing the extra nine kilometers: Italy, UK, Peru, Romania and an unknown eastern european country
    - countries that think that, after all, the beer was a better idea: Poland, Netherlands, Belgium
    - countries that think that having something else to drink was even a better idea: Lithuania, Estonia
    - people found back at the station: 1

    3 · June 11, 2014

    • Piret

      This is the best report I have read! Glad I was home alone to read it. Such attention to detail! Thank you! Can't wait for the next hike.

      June 11, 2014

    • Jurgita

      Haha, it gave me a huge smile. Thank you, Renaud! :) P.S. I got the message. ;)

      June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are my pictures of the day, both from my camera ( and from my phone (

    I hope this would encourage others to post their pictures as well (Jurgita!) ;)

    2 · June 9, 2014

    • Jurgita

      Thanks for sharing Lorenzo! I will try to upload mine tomorrow in the evening :)

      June 9, 2014

    • Jurgita

      Btw, beautiful pictures!!

      June 9, 2014

  • Gijs

    Thanks Renaud for organizing! Very nice day and group again, and a number of amazing views!

    2 · June 9, 2014

    • Jurgita

      Couldn't say it any better! Thanks for the initiative, Renaud, and all the others for the fantastic day! :)

      June 9, 2014

  • Carole

    Likewise here, I didn't think it was possible to get a spot so I made other plans this afternoon. Have fun!

    June 8, 2014

  • Vikram

    Thanks for giving me a spare spot. I ended up making other plans, but hopefully another time!

    June 8, 2014

  • Ruta

    Sorry I am in Lithuania for few days... :) wish you all a good time!

    June 8, 2014

  • xyshio

    @Petra. It's a pity.. I wish you get well quickly

    June 8, 2014

  • Petra

    Guys, Im terribly sorry, but I got sick and despite trying hard to be ready for tomorrow, it is just not happening. Enjoy the hike, and figers crossed for you to have a great weather.

    June 8, 2014

  • Maurits Lysander K.

    What time will you be arriving in Dinant and start the hike? I will be in the Ardennes already and will join you in Dinant.

    June 5, 2014

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