Bivouacs

05 Aug 2020

Actualités :
Following the deconfinement (COVID-19), some bivouacs are saturated at weekends, in particular those of Blancs Bois, Tailles and Confluence des deux Ourthes.

Some rules of use in order to take full advantage of the site and in order to preserve it as much as possible. In the event of non-compliance, you risk being fined (150 € fine per rule not respected) or even prosecuted in the event of serious misconduct! Regular checks are planned on each bivouac area by forestry and municipal officials.

1. The bivouac areas are reserved only for hikers, cyclists and riders.
2. No motor vehicle, caravan or trailer is authorized.
3. The bivouac is authorized exclusively within the areas provided for this purpose. Any encampment established beyond the boundaries will be considered wild and therefore liable to prosecution.
4. Please respect the cleanliness of the place. Any abandonment of waste will be liable to legal proceedings, with the exception of used toilet paper which must be buried and therefore invisible.
5. These bivouac areas are intended for hikers, not long-term campers. It is therefore forbidden to spend two consecutive nights on the same bivouac area.
6. Tents are only authorized between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. No tents during the day!
7. Any ignition of fire is prohibited outside the zones possibly provided for this purpose.
8. It goes without saying that all types of vegetation must be respected. Cutting or tearing down a tree or part of it is completely prohibited. Only dead wood fallen on the ground can be used for fire.
9. Please respect the tranquility of the place and the sleep of your neighbors.
10. Any user of a bivouac or refuge area implicitly accepts these rules.

The Two Ourthes Natural Park is home to 5 bivouac areas where any hiker, rider or cyclist can set up camp for one night in the great outdoors. In Belgium, wild bivouacs (outside official sites, campsites or private grounds) are strictly prohibited.

Bivouac de Les Tailles

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Two are located on the Escapardenne Eislek Trail (“Les Blancs Bois”near Alhoumont and Two Ourthes confluence, Houffalize) and are linked to the stages 4 and 5 of the Trail. The other three are located on discovery loops (connected to the Trail):

– on the loop “Des profondeurs de la forêt ardennaise aux paysages des plateaux “: stage 1 near “le Golet” in the forest of Freyr (Sainte-Ode) and stage 3 in Gives (Bertogne)
– on the loop “Du plateau des Tailles au canal de Bernistap” near the hamlet “Les Colas”, also on the GR15.

Bivouacs locations (voir geomap) or on google maps.

Each bivouac includes:

– an information panel with map and bivouac rules,
– delimitation of the area by wooden posts,
– a fire area,
– 2 benches (wooden logs) + small table / or covered picnic shelter depending on the areas
– a place for storing dead wood.

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