Promenade n° 10 : En Maffe

Datum: 06/11/2019

This walk will take you through beautiful landscapes of the Famenne.

Cross the bridge and turn right onto rue du Batty. At the end of the car park, turn left. Next crossroads, turn right onto the road which crosses a residential campsite and which becomes a stony path. Walk along the facilities of a sawmill (specializing in beech) and continue straight on a path bordered by hedges. The path gradually joins the Ourthe, bordered by ash and alder trees very popular with beavers. On your left are the remains of a log eaten by beavers.
After passing a plantation of poplars, the path climbs quickly to the left, deviating from the Ourthe to head towards the railway line (dangerous because of a narrow path and no palisades). The path crosses mixed woods, and gradually widens.
At the crossroads of the three paths, continue straight on a wide stony path which leads to a new residential area of ​​Hotton *. Continue straight on to join the N86 (Hotton * - Marche). Cross, head towards Hotton * (on the left) and quickly take the concrete road to the right towards Marenne *. After passing the sawmill, turn right onto a dirt road and enjoy a beautiful view of the Famenne. Continue straight on this path until you reach an asphalt road. A bench invites you to enjoy a beautiful view of the village of Marenne *. "T" on the left. Then, 1st road on the left towards the quarry. At the height of a bench, take a small path on the right along the fences to reach the center of the village. Playground and picnic area. From here, the promenade follows the GR 577. Turn left and go down the main street. At the cross, turn left on the asphalt path to join a wider path. Continue straight ahead, join the road and go left. "Y" on the left. Stay on the main road. After the Notre-Dame chapel, take the Rue de Maffe on the left, a road which leads to a beautiful panoramic view (we can see the Tohogne branch on the right in particular). Picnic table. The road descends towards the valley and turns into a path as it enters the wood. Continue straight ahead and pass a stone cross in memory of a certain Jacques Gaillard (1850). Steep descent to the Maffe stream. Large rocky outcrops. The path turns into a concrete path to reach the Saint-Gilles chapel (small limestone chapel). Take the main street to the center of Hotton *

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