After a day’s gentle meander along the river Meuse towpath, we turned our hired bikes towards the hills, climbing up the wooded valley of the river Goutelle towards the villages of Gepunsart and Pussemange. It was a cool, cloudy day, not great for photography but ideal for cycling.
Over the border into Belgium the smooth, empty road continued to wind up through the forest until we reached the highest point of our ride at a crossroads in an unexceptional stretch of farmland. From there it was downhill all the way to Bohan in the valley of the river Semois.
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From Bohan we followed the Semois down to its confluence with the river Meuse, a point we’d passed on our previous day’s meander. Two days cycling in this peaceful region has left us planning future trips to explore further, perhaps in autumn when it’s not quite so green!