Conditions of use
of the ExtraTrail network
The running route, and most specifically the trail, need a physical condition suitable for a sport which can prove to be demanding. Consult with your doctor in order to check your abilities, and adjust your practice according to these.
EXTRATRAIL makes paths in a natural, often technical and hilly environment available.
Paths, ways and tracks can, at any time, present difficulties (slippery ground, roots, rocks, mud, tree trunks and branches, streams, footbridges, duckboards, fording crossings, etc.).
Routes sometimes cross road sections, which must be approached with care, strictly respecting the Highway Code.
ExtraTrail routes cross public-area plots (municipalities and Wallonia), but also those of private owners, who have given their agreement as long as you respect their respective property.
At all times, you ensure that you respect your running environment and remain on the route of the marked paths. No rubbish can be left on the paths. No damage can be made to plant life, markings or crossings (bridges, footbridges, duckboards, etc.).
You ensure the forest and wild animals remain undisturbed. The use of ExtraTrail paths is exclusively for the daytime. It is recommended by the Département de la Nature et des Forêts (Wildlife and Forestry Department) not to venture into the woods during the night.
At hunting, searching or forest operation periods, it is possible that the ExtraTrail paths are totally or partially inaccessible. Never go on the route if the passage is forbidden by specific markings.
Remember that the roe deer hunting season begins every year on the 15th of July with the deer hunting season beginning on the 21st September, both ending on the 31st of December (unless they are extended by the competent ministry).
During this period, you are asked not to enter the forest in the evening from 2 hours before sunset until 2 hours after sunrise the next day in accordance with the special agreement made with the Wildlife and Forestry Department. This precaution is in place to avoid disturbing the game and guarantees your safety from hunters’ shots.
Be responsible for the longevity of ExtraTrail paths by sending a message to the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Facebook page, of any unusual event, any incident or any damage that you have observed. This can help us to preserve and maintain the general infrastructure in a good state of “runability”.
Don’t hesitate to consider our specified recommendations in showing routes.
EXTRATRAIL ASBL refutes any liability for incidents or accidents of any nature which might occur to runners, people accompanying them or spectators, even if they were due to falling branches or trees, to the bad conditions of roads and road structures.
In the event of accident or injury, dial 112. To help you, you can download the ECHO 112 app prior, which will enable the emergency services to locate you geographically.
EXTRATRAIL markings are made from small 10cm wide x 20cm long panels. Apart from the EXTRATRAIL logo, the markings include the colours of the 4 routes:
GREEN = > 5 KM
BLUE = > 10 KM
RED = > 20 KM
BLACK = > 30 KM
Grey arrows positioned in the upper section indicate the direction to follow (straight ahead, to the left or to the right).
When 2 paths diverge (example: when the 5km forks from the 10km route), arrows corresponding to the colour of each route indicate the direction taken by each one of them.
As a general rule, a single coloured square appears on the marking. When your path is joined to one or several other routes, it is not out of the question to see other colour codes alongside your distance’s colour.
Through respect for the natural environment, through which EXTRATRAIL paths pass, we have limited the number of markings to a strict minimum. It is always the main path or route always takes precedence where there are two changes in direction .
Walking in the forest implies strict compliance with the rules established by specific signage. When you see yellow (information) or red (restrictions) signs by the forest access paths, always take the time to read them and follow their instructions. Never enter a prohibited area. You do not want to put yourself at risk!
Official yellow signs are signs that display information and advise caution.
Walking, therefore, is not prohibited, but caution is advised.
Official red signs are signs that prohibit the use of a trail or path. They must be displayed two days before the announced closure and removed one day afterwards.
To be valid, these hunt signs must indicate:
- the dates of the hunt;
- how long the trail will be closed ;
- the forest-closure authorisation number (approved by the Walloon region) ;
- the name and number of the individual responsible for displaying the signs (usually the gamekeeper)
- the name and number of the individual responsible for surveillance (agent for Forests of the Walloon Region)..
Sign for a battue
Maximum duration of three days in a row.
Sign for a hunt
From one hour before to one hour after sunrise or sunset.
Sign for management works
Maximum duration of seven days in a row.
Sign for a fire risk
Maximum duration of seven days in a row.
Sign for nature protection
Maximum duration of sixty days in a row.