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vicino Longfaye, Walloon (Belgique)
The walk starts near Moulin de Bayehon on the Ovifat-Longfaye road. From here you follow the Ruisseau de Bayehon through the valley until you get to the Bayehon waterfall (see waypoint). You go further upstream until you get to the moor "Vieux Chêne", the highest point of the route at about 610 meters (see waypoint). Here, you leave the Bayehon river and go downhill over partly very muddy tracks through the woods until you get to the Longfaye-Xhoffraix road, where you join the valley of the Ruisseau du Pouhon (see waypoint). You follow a broad forest track until you get to a bridge across the Pouhon stream (see waypoint), where you climb out of the valley to Xhoffraix village. From the village you descend again through the woods on a smaller track to the Warche river. Here you will find a seemingly abandoned stone quarry (“Carrière de la Warche”), which you can enter for a short visit. From here you walk upstream on a broad forest road along the river (see waypoint for Warche river valley). After 3.5 km you cross the river on a wooden bridge (see waypoint), and you climb out of the valley, and then follow the edge of the valley until the reservoir dam of the Robertville lake (see waypoint). En-route you will find several viewpoints, among others of Reinhardstein castle (see waypoint). After having passed the dam (barrage), you go back along the valley towards Reinhardstein castle. You walk to the entrance for a sneak peak of the castle (can only be visited on pre-reserved guided tours). Here you see the Ruisseau de Cheneux making its way to the Reinhardstein waterfall. From the castle you walk back 200 meters before descending on a small path to the river, which you cross on a wooden bridge to the south side. From here you follow the river until you get to the Reinhardstein waterfall, the highest waterfall in Belgium (60 m), see waypoint. To see the waterfall up close you have to cross the river back to the side of the castle on stepping stones. When you are done making pictures you go back across the river and continue along the river on a tiny path until you get to a bridge and a broader track which takes you along the Warche river to where the Bayehon river flows into the Warche (see waypoint for Bayehon river valley). Here, you follow the forest track which frequently crosses the river at a ford. At these fords, you can better take the foot bridges to avoid getting wet feet. After 2.1 km you will be back to the starting point.
Only at the reservoir dam, you will find a place to eat and drink something. Waterproof shoes are convenient as you frequently walk on muddy tracks. You will mostly walk in woods, apart from a moor at the highest point, and pasture around the village of Xhoiffraix.