“The area has everything you could want…you don’t have to go any further…,” said one satisfied guest.
Camping Les Murets is located in the village of Hony, Esneux municipality, at the gateway to the Ardennes (the Condroz) and right by the river Ourthe. The nature reserve le Grand Site de la Boucle de l’Ourthe is our immediate neighbour. A jewel in the Condroz region. This area consists of beautiful natural landscapes and historical monuments with numerous signposted walking and cycling paths. For example, the RAVeL de l’Ourthe, which follows the river, passes our campsite. It is peaceful and really quiet. The campsite entrance is located on a dead-end street with very little car traffic. Ideal for recharging your batteries.
From the back of the campsite, overlooking the nature reserve, you can walk a short loop (± 10 min) upstream to the dam. From there you can quickly return to the campsite. On the way, you’ll come across small pebble beaches where it’s great to paddle.
Here you will enjoy the many beautiful views, the most famous being the panorama of the Falcon Rock (la Roche aux Faucons) overlooking the nature reserve ‘la Boucle de l’Ourthe’.
Panorama La Roche aux Faucons at 224m altitude
Bustling Liège/Lüttich is just a 20-minute drive north. The region is not called the garden of Liege for nothing! The local train from Hony goes directly to the impressive Liège-Guillemins station (16 min), designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. Also heading south, the train takes you directly to beautiful Ardennes villages and sights such as Comblain-au-Pont, Hamoir, Sy and Durbuy (Barvaux). You can also cycle nicely to these via signposted paths, (mostly) right along the Ourthe!
Sporty & recreational
- Hiking and cycling, (Enduro)mountainbiking, roller blading,…near our direct neighbour the nature reserve “la Boucle de l’Ourthe”, flat on the RAVeL de l’Ourthe and challenging in the hills, departing from the campsite.
- Swimming & paddling in the river Ourthe. Even when there is little water, there is always a natural swimming pool at the dam a little further on.
- Kayaking on the Ourthe
- With Kayak Les Remous (22km – Hamoir). Reception and gathering in Hamoir. Train direct from HONY station (400m from our campsite) to HAMOIR in 20 min. From Hamoir station it is a 700 m walk
- from Domaine de Palogne (30 km – Vieuxville). Also reachable by train from campsite (from Hony to Sy). From SY station it is a 1.8 km walk
- of Chanxhe in rue de Picopré, Sprimont (10km)
- of Coo in Stavelot (42km), also for kayaking and amusement park Plopsa Coo
- of Reinhardstein in Ovifat (54km) – 60m, highest in Belgium, near the castle (see below)
- more waterfalls
- Rock climbing in the climbing area of Les Awirs, situated in a former quarry (22 km -Flémalle); at the Rocher Four-à-Chaux in Esneux, at 4km, carrière Jaminon (former quarry) in Pepinster (25km),…
Rock climbing near the campsite
- rock climbing initiation in Hamoir (17km) at ‘the rock’
- more excitement and adventure…via ferrata, bushcraft, speleo,…near Hamoir (17km)
- Diving at dive centre La Gombe, (6.5 km). There is an aeroplane at the bottom.
- Fishing with a permit, buy it here. The Ourthe contains several freshwater fish but is known for its trout, perch and barbel.
- dynamic Liege (17km), the picturesque village of Sy (28 km) and touristy Durbuy (32 km). These places can all be reached by train within 30 min from Hony station. Or by bike, of course. No hassle with parking. And back to your quiet campsite in the evening ;-). In Barvaux (Durbuy), you can go on a family trip to the labyrinth, a giant maze made of corn. Full-day fun guaranteed!
- Spa (30km), a Unesco heritage site, is worth a visit.
Durbuy, the smallest town in the world, 35 km away. Also easily accessible by bike. And back by train in the evening.
- On safari in animal park Le Monde Sauvage (20 km – Aywaille). Combine with a visit to Remouchamps caves and enjoy reduction.
- Caves in Comblain-au-Ponts (14 km) or Remouchamps ( boat ride on the longest underground river in the world!) (18km),
- Adventure and animal park Forestia (21 km – Theux)
- Theme park Plopsa Coo (42 km – Stavelot). By train from ESNEUX station you can get there in 35 minutes and enjoy a train discount! Coo station is within walking distance of the park.
- Beer & Breweries at the Abbey of Val-Dieu in Aubel (42 km), the Elfique brewery in Aywaille (18km) or in Esneux itself. Do the 80 km beer route!
- mini-golf, falconry show, castle: domaine de Palogne (30km-Vieuxville): Also reachable by train directly from campsite (from HONY station to SY in 24 min). From Sy station it is a 1.8km walk.
- minigolf: Sourceorama (Chaudfontaine-16km)
After visiting brewery Elfique, you can have something to eat in the waterfront brasserie.
- artisan markets & flea markets nearby
- Liège: on Friday mornings there is the ‘brocante de Saint-Pholien’ in Liège, on the island of Outremeuse, Boulevard de la Constitution, until 1pm.
- In Esneux there is a night artisan market on Friday (16h-21h) in Avenue de la Station
- artisan markets and flea markets in Liège province among others
- Anthisnes (14 km) with beer and jenever museum and shop with more than 100 craft beers. Also visit the castles of Modave and Durbuy in the Condroz region!
- Jehay/Amay (26km), surrounded by canals and rare example of the Meuse Renaissance from the mid-16th century.
- Ovifat (54km), this 14th-century Reinhardstein castle, abandoned almost 150 years ago, is experiencing an extraordinary second childhood since a historian fell in love with it.
- Celles (65km), with its magnificent towers and beautiful woodwork, Vêves Castle looks like it came out of a fairy tale. It is considered one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Belgium.
- La-Roche-en Ardenne (62km), ruins of the Feudal Castle tower over the town and the Ourthe in full nature.
- More castles in Wallonia
- Museums: the mining museum in Blegny – Unesco world heritage (33 km),…, la Boverie in Liège,…
- More tourist info
Do nothing at all and watch the sun go down in this history-filled area. With a bit of luck, the kingfisher, the dipper or the beaver on the banks of the Ourthe will disturb our daily worries and bring us back to the sounds and the last light of the day.
Picturesque villages: Ham, Méry, Tilff, Esneux,…
- Tillf, Esneux – 5 km away: shops and restaurants. Also accessible by train (2 min), as well as on a flat cycling and walking path (route RAVeL) along the Ourthe. Visit Brialmont Abbey in Tilff (mushroom farm/small shop).
- Ham: hiking from the campsite to a cultural heritage site. Visit the botanical garden “Citrouilles et Lutin” by appointment from 1 May to 15 October.
On the way to the village of Ham just around the corner, Walloon cultural heritage. Looking towards the castle of Esneux – château Le Fy – (not open to the public).
Even when there is little water, there is always a natural pool at the dam a bit further.
Esneux has shops, terraces, and a cosy market on Friday evening. It can be reached on foot, by bike, by car and by train. From the campsite it takes 2 minutes by train.
La Gombe diving centre, 6.5 km from Les Murets campsite. There is a plane at the bottom.
Rock climbing at Awirs, some 20 km from campsite Les Murets
Mountain bike forest Parc du Mary in Esneux, 4.7 km from campsite Les Murets
Hiking trail to Ham, near the campsite, in the curve of the river Ourthe.
Kingfisher at the back of the campsite, on the river Ourthe.
Hony railway station 400m from Les Murets campsite. A pole with a B on it, a platform and a stopping train.
Timetable at http://www.belgianrail.be/