Enjoying the great outdoors in the French Ardennes!

31 May 2023

Lovers of nature, hiking or biking, city-dwellers longing for the countryside, sports lovers, those looking for family holidays, solo holidays or holidays with friends, the French Ardennes region is close at hand and offers the promise of a real get-away in the heart of a naturally wild and protected oasis.


Photo credits from top left clockwise: David Truillard, Laetis, Laetis, Ardennes, Laetis, Anne Frezard, Laetis, Terre Aventures - The Ardennes

Photo credits from top left clockwise: David Truillard, Laetis, Laetis, Ardennes, Laetis, Anne Frezard, Laetis, Terre Aventures




Photo credit: David Truillard - The Ardennes

Photo credit: David Truillard


There are plentiful routes, trails, circuits and practical biking guides for amateurs and lovers of cycling, families and sports lovers…

NEW…The South Ardennes Greenway  

The new South Ardennes Greenway is fully open for 2023. This secure 110 km circuit has been developed along the towpath of the Ardennes Canal, the Aisne and Vouziers, connecting the village of Pont à Bar with Brienne sur Aisne, on the border of the Aisne administrative region.

An exploratory stroll through the idyllic south Ardennes countryside: recreational cruising on the canal, picturesque villages and scenic farmland. Surprises await touring cyclists, such as the impressive staircase locks between Le Chesne and Semuy, or Asfeld’s unusual baroque church. Arthur Rimbaud used to take the train in Vonq, while Charlemagne had a palace in Attigny…

Lots of cycling ideas are to be found here.


Photo credit: Laetis




Photo credit: BThonnart-CDRP08


NEW … edition in 2023 “The Ardennes on Foot”
There are walking and hiking circuits all over the region, including 46 marked trails selected by the Comité Départemental de Randonnée Pédestre (Ardennes Hiking Board) in its topographic guide, “The Ardennes on Foot”  with a NEW edition in 2023, plus four GRs (long-distance hiking paths): in the west of the Ardennes, the mythical GR 654 to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle and the GR 12 which connects Amsterdam and Paris; in the east, the GR 14 from Paris to Malmédy and the GR 16 which follows the Semoy river.

Photo credit: Laetis - The Ardennes
Photo credit: Laetis
More ideas for hiking can be found in the brochure Cycling and walking in the Ardennes and on line  Find all the trails here: and with the application “Ardennes Sports Nature between Valleys and Plateaux.”

For ideas on all sorts of outdoors activities visit: The Ardennes Experience In The Heart Of Nature Press Kit 2022 (

Photo credit: Parc naturel régional - The Ardennes
Photo credit: Parc naturel régional
From the UK travel by train – just 5.30 hours via Lille on Eurostar from London or travel by car via Calais on the A26 and A34.
There is a wide choice of places to stay in the French Ardennes from campsites to chateaux, chambres d’hotes to gites, hotels to apartments. Many accommodation options have excellent green credentials too

For all accommodation options click here.



Photo credit: Laëtis

Photo credit: Laëtis


Note to editors: Lovers of nature, hiking, biking, heritage or local food, the Ardennes region is close at hand and is an invitation to recharge the batteries and enjoy genuine experiences. For further information visit or