Via Mosana

Itinerary, description of stages, practical informations, accomodation, GPS tracks of Via Mosana from Aachen to Namur.


Suivre les étoiles – D’Aix la Chapelle à Compostelle 

The book (in french) – Following the stars from Aachen to Santiago

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Suivre les étoiles

One night, Saint James appeared to the emperor Carlomagno and asked him to deliver his tomb from the Moors. To achieve this, he had to follow the stars,  the milky way until the western end of Spain, to Galicia. Carlomagno left Aachen and went until Santiago.

Yes, its a legend, but what a beautiful one ! Following the stars, going ahead each day further, slowly at the most natural pace. Walking the first way to Santiago. 3000 kilometers through Belgium, France and Spain.

I made my way, each day going further and I discovered the history, the legend of Compostella.

If you want, also to discover my way and this history, if you can read in French…this book is for you.

You will also find plenty of useful informations of some unknown parts of the way as Via Mosana,  GR654 (Namur-Vezelay), Vezelay-Cluny, Cluny-Le Puy, Conques-Toulouse or Toulouse-Le Somport through Saint-Bertrand de Comminges.

The book “Suivre les étoiles” available on Amazon. 2,99€ (with french VAT)/3,73$

Via Mosana from Aachen to Namur

Overall, a well marked route. You will see Saint James shells regularly. Beautiful way most of the part off-road without difficulties and without supply problems. Via Mosana is an excellent warm-up for the future.

Websites for Belgium :

Website of “Les amis de Saint Jacques en Belgique” with adresses of families for accomodation : http://www.st-jacques.be/

Description of the day route in Belgium : http://www.xacobeo.fr/ZE4.03.Belgique_voi.htm

Detailed guidebook in pdf to upload of the way through the Namur region : Saint-Jacques-Namur

Tales and pictures of the Via Mosana

Maps on the web :

Germany (province of North Rhine – Westphalia) in english and in german : maps, way paths, distance : http://www.tim-online.nrw.de

Belgium (site de l’Institut Géographique National) in french or in flemish : http://www.ngi.be/topomapviewer/public?lang=fr . Apple Application similar to Geoportail with belgium maps : http://www.sitytrail.com . It is possible to register your route. You will find mine on the name Via Mosana

GPS Track
GPS Track of the Via Mosana and of all the hike (this GPS track has been remade after the hike)

1 Aachen – Clermont sur Berwinne
23km Stage profile : Slowly going up to the belgium border (just half an hour from the youth hostel) then down the Gueule. Straight up to Henri Chapelle then lightly down Clermont. The 23 km are straight from the cathedral to Clermont by the way. From Aachen youth hostel, it will be 22km. I walked 5h30 from the YH with some stops.
6h Note : The path is on the roadside at the exit of Henri Chapelle but otherwise alternating lanes and small roads.
Logistic : bars and restaurants in Moresnet Chapelle. Then the path avoids the villages and therefore does not pass directly in front of shops. Bar-restaurant Le Renouveau (closed on Tuesday – wifi) in the center of Clermont Berwinne: walloon friendliness and good food! Accommodation is possible at the presbytery (25 € per night with breakfast): contact Ms. Brandt (14 rue Tribezone) at 087 44 68 22 or jacquesbrandt@voo.be
2 Clermont sur Berwinne – Liège
28km Stage profile : just 1km after Clermont, you reach on the Ravel (former railway line). Then 12km very easy on the Ravel. After Micheroux, the path goes through nice hills in Evegnée and Sur Miermont. Steep Descent to Jupille before an urban part until Liège
7h Note : On the Ravel, you can fastly and easily walk. The end of the stage, the way if often by the roadside and in urban areas.
Logistic : Shops all the day : in Thimister leaving the Ravel, in Hervé (boulangerie 100m from the railway station), in Micheroux…
3 Liège – Saint Séverin en Condroz
39km Stage profile : Steep way up after Angleur. The path can be abrupt, slippery and muddy (sometimes, it’s raining in Belgium…). Steep way down to Esneux. Then, long way up and small hills until Saint Séverin. Goods shoes recommended when it is raining.
9h Note : 39km from Liege center (Saint Lambert square). I advice to stop for the night in Esneux or to shorten the stage going after la Roche aux Faucons by Plainevaux, le bois de Rotheux, le bois de la Porte et le bois des Moges. Otherwise, it is a nice stage with a path in the woods most of the day.
Logistic : Shops in the city center of Angleur. Small market every friday. In Saint Séverin, accomodation in the presbytery : 5€ mat on the ground, shower, kitchen. No shop
4 Saint Séverin en Condroz – Huy
21km Stage profile : I followed the advice on Radiocamino website : via Amay (but without going to Amay center) but I missed the path and went through Magotte. Rapid descent to Hermalle and then steep ascent. Otherwise, mostly flat in the hills and the woods.
4h30 Note : It’s 1 km more to Huy city centre. Following the GR in Hermalle wood, I went to Magotte (Hermalle township). Ascent through a kind of small path ahead from Ombret-Rawsa. Nice stage in the woods with almost no road. Sometimes, it is not easy to find the path.
Logistic : you will find everything in Huy. Very nice accomodation in the gorgeous castle-farm above Huy : Château de la Sauvenière sauvenieresarte@gmail.com 085/21 10 52 – 25€ with breakfast (sometimes full because occupied by seasonal workers) – wifi
5 Huy – Andenne
20km Stage profile : steep way up after Huy. Then nicely way on the hills before joining the Meuse valley at the point where the Rau river reach it.
4h45 Note : Again a very beautiful stage especially the part along the Solières river. Then, small and unbusy asfalted roads to join the Ravel. After Solières, I sometimes wandered to find my way. My GPS route is on Geolives
Logistic : in the countryside from Huy to Andenelle the stage is short…
6 Andenne – Namur
27km Stage profile : on the right bank of the Meuse via Bonneville, Thon et Mozet. Light ascent at the beginning after Saint Roch. Steep way down then up in the Samson valley.
6h Note : 27km until Namur youth hostel. It is 2km less to Namur center. Way alternanting paths and small roads. Very beautiful village of Bonneville, Thon et Mozet. You reach Namur staying in the countryside until the arrival near the Cité du Souvenir by the Meuse.
Logistic : Grossery in the Samson valley at the bottom of Thon. Boulangerie snack in Erpent. Both are closed on monday. Hypermarket Carrefour arriving at the Meuse valley. Very nice youth hostel in Namur. Renovated, old and beautiful house along the Meuse, very nice people, dorms with shower (20€ with breakfast) – wifi
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