to Marloie. BOMAL. 25. Route. 155
*views from the top. This is the most picturesque spot in the
lower valley of the Ourthe, and is a favourite point for excursions
Near stat. Poulseur the train crosses the river, the banks of
which are marred with extensive limestone and slate quarries.
Above the village rise the ivy-clad ruins of Poulseur, and on the
opposite bank are the scanty relics of the castle of Mont fort, to
which numerous legends attach, once a seat of the 'Quatre Fils
Aymon' (p. 170), and now almost undermined by the quarries. The
valley contracts. The train crosses the Ourthe, and then the Am-
bleve (p. 168) near Douflamme, not far from its mouth, and stops
at (15 M.) Comblain - au - Pont (*H6tel et Pension Nindne, in the
village, often full; rooms at Bergues', maitre-ardoisier, adjacent),
a village prettily situated on the 1. bank of the river, 3/4 M. from
the station. On a rocky eminence rises the ivy-clad tower of an
ancient church. The scenery between Poulseur and (3y2 M.) Com-
blain-au-Pont will reward even the pedestrian. Excursion through
the valley of the Ambleve to Spa and Trois-Ponts, see p. 168.
The train now passes through a tunnel to Comblain-la-Tour
(Hotel de l'Ourthe), situated at the mouth of the Comblain brook,
with rocky environs disfigured by slate quarries. The valley soon ex¬
pands and becomes more attractive. At (20 M.) Hamoir (Hotel de la
Station), a considerable village situated chiefly on the r. bank, the
river is crossed by two bridges, the older of which has been partially
destroyed at the end next to the r. bank. On the r. bank, farther
up, lies the chateau of Hamoir-Lassus, with a large park. One of
the most picturesque parts of the valley is between Hamoir and
Bomal (see below), the scenery being pleasantly varied by meadows,
richly wooded slopes, and frowning cliffs.
:::Walk. Beyond the chateau of Hamoir-Lassus, at the first houses
of the village of that name, enquire for the path across the hill to Sy,
a small group of houses in a narrow gorge, and at the railway-bridge
cross by boat to the 1. bank. • A path through the meadows here passes
the mouth of the tunnel and through an arch of the bridge, suddenly
affording a view of a narrow and sombre rocky valley. At Palogne cross
to the r. bank again, and ascend with a boy as guide to the picturesquely
situated ruins of the castle of Logne, which like the Chateau d'Ambleve
was one of the chief seats of the formidable Count de la Marck (p. 170).
Within the precincts of the castle is the Cave Notre-Dame, a stalactite
grotto. Near the castle runs the Aywaille (p. 170) and Bomal road, by
which the latter may now be reached.
Between Hamoir and (25 M.) Bomal the train crosses the river
several times, and penetrates a lofty cliff by means of a tunnel. The
large village of Bomal (Hotel de la Station), at the mouth of the
Aisne, commanded by the chateau with its terraced gardens, is a
handsome looking place.'
Excursion recommended to the picturesque rocky valley of the Aisne,
ascending by Juzaine and Aisne to (4 M.) Roche-d-Frene (Courtoy-Liboutte),
and returning by Mormont, Eveux, and Barvaux.
The train again crosses the Ourthe, stops at the substantially