Haybes Givet

Last stage of the Meuse by bike!

32,37 km


  • In Vireux-Molhain, the collegiate church of Saint-Ermel, considered to be the oldest church in Christendom

  • In Givet: the Charlemont citadel overlooking the town

The Meuse valley gradually opens up as you reach Givet. Along the green route, you can admire the imposing mansions and the fort of Charlemont, perched on its rocky outcrop. This is the last stage before reaching Belgium... for the bravest of you!

Leaving Haybes, the scenery changes again as the water flows by! Before reaching Givet, stop off in the small village of Vireux-Molhain, where you can visit the collegiate church of Saint-Ermel, dedicated to the saint of the same name. Founded by Dame Ada, wife of the Count of Poitiers, in 752, it is considered to be the oldest Romanesque church in Christendom.

The final straight (or rather winding) stretch: in Givet, admire the Charlemont fort perched on its rocky outcrop, greeting cyclists as they arrive. Its colossal silhouette, designed by Emperor Charles V - who gave it its name - has stood out against the Givet sky for 500 years. The fort is flanked by two watchtowers, the Tour Victoire and the Tour Grégoire. While the former is located in the town centre, on the banks of the Meuse, the latter is more out of the way and can only be reached by a footpath.

Before continuing your tour on the Belgian side, take the time to stroll through the narrow streets of Givet town centre and make a well-deserved stopover on one of the beautiful terraces on the banks of the Meuse.

Practical info

  • 32.37 km
    18 km on cycle lane / 14 km on road

  • Access by train :
    Haybes, Vireux-Molhain, Givet

The route follows that of the Trans-Ardennes greenway, in its own right of way along the Meuse, as far as Givet. After Givet, La Meuse à vélo continues into Belgium.