Landscape

21 Dec 2012

From the steep-side valleys to the Ardennes plateau via the Tailles Plateau, the various signposted trails covered by our project enable you to discover four major types of landscape..

A large section of the route weaves through the “high pastureland plateau“. The altitude in this slightly hilly area is 500 metres on average. The pasturelands seen everywhere are complemented by a few isolated trees, intermittent hedges and a few farms.

The edges of the pasturelands sometimes contain forage (such as barley or maize), oilseed (such as rape) and cereal crops, particularly in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. This type of landscape offers superb unobstructed panoramic views.

The heights of the plateau lead down to the Ourthe, Woltz or Wiltz valley bottoms. With these sloping, tree-covered sides, the steeply sided setting of the valley bottoms narrows the visual landscapes and casts a shadow on the riverside.

Away from the urban areas and villages established along the water courses, where major tributaries have carved the sides, you will often be sheltered from the sounds of daily life. You will also be able to enjoy a quiet moment, to hear the sound of flowing water, along trails in the midst of still untouched nature.

Both identity-creating and distinctive, the Tailles Plateau will enable you to discover the various fen landscapes. The almost uninhabited, comparatively flat terrain is reached through its forest ring, a smooth sloping side, almost entirely covered in trees.

Less resistant shales come to the surface in the centre of the Luxembourg Oesling, producing an area with an “Appalachian” topography, where the soft layers form a line flanked by ridges: the “Wiltz basin”. This basin is formed by the regions between Kiischpelt, the former mother parish, and the town of Wiltz. It forms a transitional entity between the highland strips and the steep-sided valleys.