Depart from the glass gallery at Stavelot Abbey, in the heart of history, leaving through the porch of the main courtyard. Turn right into Rue du Châtelet towards Place Saint-Remacle which you must cross to reach Rue Chaumont before crossing Avenue du Doyard and Rue Marlennes (note: road N68 has heavy traffic). Cross the road using the pedestrian crossing, head right for 50 metres before joining a small paved path which climbs off to the left.
The adventure really begins after a further 250 metres: pass through a small tunnel (slippery) through which the Hottonruy (stream) flows which then takes you along the right bank until you get to Pierre du Diable (KM 1.2). A climb through a meadow before re-joining the wood 300 metres higher.
Follow a 3 KM loop between fens and forest before crossing another road (N622 between Stavelot and Francorchamps) which will take you to the right for approx. 300 metres before heading into the forest along the old track taking you to the edge of the village of Amermont. You'll also enjoy a spectacular view thanks to your height above sea level.
A partial crossing of the Amermont leaving via a path on your left between the pastures.
Return to the wood via a magnificent sloping single track, pass in front of "Les Chouettes", an old guard house on the edge of RAVel (line 44A). You then descend a forest road before taking a new track to Stavelot by the back of the Parc artisanal.
Cross the Rau de Chefosse or the Binchous walkway and return to "civilisation" through a residential area passing in front of Saint-Remacle College and heading down Rue Devant les Capucins which almost takes you to your departure point.
The Abbey is now quite close. Having a break on the terrace of one of the cafés or brasseries will give you the chance to recharge your batteries.
Food and drinks suggested.
Mobile phone recommended.