No excess of words here, only simple pictures reflect the beauty of this 152km long trail, a trail that for long only existed in my imagination and has now become a secret among those who love the mysterious high bogs and countless idyllic peat rivers on the roof of Belgium. Enjoy the trail.
Part I: Jalhay – Brackvenn
17-20 May 2012
Hiking through the meadows south of Jalhay.
A first encounter with the Hogne river.
Footbridge over Hogne river.
The view to Solwaster from Rocher de Bilisse.
At the foot of Rocher de Bilisse.
Entering the Hoëgne valley.
The tiny Leopold II waterfall on the Hoëgne river.
Further upstream along the Hoëgne.
Polleur river leaving the upstream bogs.
Bushwhacking over the ancient boardwalk path between Croix Dehottay and Croix de Rondchêne.
Targnon river leaving Fagne de Moûpa.
The path through Fagne de Moûpa.
Deep in the canyonlike valley of the Trô Maret river.
Fagne de Fraineu.
Meeting the Polleur again on Fagne de Lonlou.
Peat lint in the Fagne de la Polleur.
Boardwalking through Fagne de la Polleur.
Fagne de la Polleur on a misty morning.
Crucifix at the edge of the Grande Fagne.
A first glimpse of Noir Flohay over the Fagne Wallonne.
Standing on Botrange, the highest point of Belgium.
The young Bayehon river.
The Bayehon waterfall.
Upstream along Ghaster river.
Tussock growth in the Fagne Wallone.
Easter flowers in Herzogenvenn along the Rur river.
Following the Rur river towards Monschau.
Meadow bivouac near Kaiser Karls Bettstatt.
Beaver dam on the very young Getzbach river in the Brackvenn bogs.
The boardwalk through Brackvenn.
Springtime in Brackvenn.
Countless white fluff.
A peat puddle in the Brackvenn moors.
Part II: Brackvenn – Jalhay
24-26 October 2012
Brackvenn in autumn colors.
Fly agaric along the trail.
The path through Imgenbroicher Venn.
Weser river through the beech forest.
Mouth of Steinbach in Vesdre river.
Upstream along Steinbach river.
Confluence of Eschbach and Steinbach.
Dusk in the forest along Eschbach river.
Kutenhart peat moor at sunrise.
Golden colors of Kutenhart.
Getzbach once more.
Helle river in Hertogenwald.
Upstream along Helle river.
Helle river through Grand Bongard.
Further upstream along the Helle river, reaching the traces of the 2011 wildfire.
Helle at Pont Anne-Marie-Libert.
Young Helle river through the traces of the 2011 wildfire in Fagne Wallonne.
Destroyed boardwalk by the 2011 wildfire.
Unusable boardwalk along the Helle river.
Burned wood and rusty nails.
Searching a passage through the peat moor towards Noir Flohay.
Noir Flohay, a mysterious spot in the peat moors.
Reaching the burnt trees of Noir Flohay.
Though still standing, most trees seem dead after the 2011 wildfire.
Burnt trunks of Noir Flohay.
Following the vague trail through the peat moor towards Geitzbusch.
The trail through Geitsbusch forest where half of the trees are dead after the wildfire of 2011.
Fagnes des Deux-Séries in the fog.
Along Fossé d’Eupen.
Descending over the faint path along Gileppe river.
Following Louba river towards terminus Jalhay.