Promenade n° 15 : Croix de Pierre

Datum: 15/01/2020

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Take the railway bridge then turn directly to the left to join the road that runs along the railway line, "rue de la Croix de Pierre" (do not look for the stone cross because it no longer exists!). The asphalt road becomes a stony path and climbs into the woods where deciduous and coniferous trees mix. In spring, orchids, euphorbias, yellow dead nettles and large cradles in particular line the path. After passing a path on the right (private property), take the "Y" on the left. At the end of the woods, beautiful panoramic view of the Famenne (from Verdenne * towards Champlon-Famenne). Continue on the asphalt path until Verdenne *. We walk along vast grazed meadows, alternated with crops. When you get to the road, turn right. We arrive at a crossroads with a bench. Continue straight until the next crossroads where you can find a stone pot under the generous shade of an ash tree. The pot is dedicated to Notre-Dame de Walcourt and is dated 1848. Turn left and continue down this road until you reach the restaurant "Les Pieds dans le Plat". There, go left. Ignore the road which goes to the right towards the quarries (nice view behind towards the church and the small village of Marenne *). Also ignore the path that goes right into the meadows. At the crossroads, note on the right a crucifix and a bench for rest and, in the center, a stone commemorating a violent episode of the Ardennes Offensive which resulted in the death of more than 2000 combatants. The 84 Inf.Div. and the 116 Pz.Div. Go left and follow a beautiful shaded road where deciduous and coniferous trees alternate or mix. Traffic is rare there. Take the 2nd path on the right (old Verdenne trail *) in the woods. Continue in the pastured meadows, then start in the woods a rather steep slope at the end of which you will discover a panoramic view of the Famenne. Cross the road and take a small asphalt path just in front of you that winds between the gardens and gives you an interesting view of the Saint-Remacle chapel and the limestone farms of the village of Bourdon *. Turn left to cross the bridge and reach the starting point.

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