A Sandstone Maze in the Mullerthal

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Our final destination before heading back to the UK was Luxembourg. We followed in the footsteps of a number of other instagramming motorhomers who seemed to pass through Luxembourg in a steady stream ahead of us, and visited the Mullertal region of Luxembourg.

It is nicknamed Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, but it’s difficult to see how the comparison was made. As you drive through the region the rolling landscape doesn’t immediately shout stunning scenery. There a no glaciers, mountains and lakes. In fact it’s rather a bland looking landscape from the cab of the motorhome.

But the landscape of green fields and wooded valleys hides a secret world of sandstone pillars, contorted chasms and fairy tale grottoes.

Camping in Berfdorf

We chose Camping Belle-Vue 2000 as our overnight location and checked in for a couple of nights. As we checked in a minibus of teachers arrived, the vanguard of a larger contingent of school children. We crossed our fingers that we would be well separated from them.

The campsite was gently sloping with terraced rows of static caravans before the touring pitches. Our allocated pitch was being used as an outdoor kitchen by a large family who were pitched up and parked across several pitches. We couldn’t ask them to move a lit barbeque so pitched up in one of many empty spots and I wandered up to let the reception team know. They weren’t very happy although given the very small number of occupied pitches I couldn’t see that it was a significant issue.

We settled in for the evening by taking a wander around the campsite and into the village of Berfdorf. The weather, as we’d travelled north and west, and gradually got cooler and damper and we felt as though we were being prepared for a return to autumnal Britain.

Fungi in the forest

A walk around the Sandstone features of Berfdorf

Our first outing, the following morning, was a walk around the B2 trail that took us into the sandstone features of the local landscape. To get there we walked to the tourist office where we found an aire outside another campsite. Somewhere we would probably stay on a future visit.

We spent about four hours exploring all of the different features, getting turned around in a labyrinth of fissures between the sandstone columns, climbing ladders to reach the top of the pillars, squeezing through the narrow narrow gaps between rocks and generally having a great time. Thankfully the main features had sign posting to make sure you could find your way out again otherwise it would be very easy to get confused.

When we got back to the campsite we decided that we should make time for another day in the area and booked a third night. We also finally booked our return ferry to the UK.

Mountain biking Berfdorf

The following day we got our mountain bikes out and followed a marked route around the local area. Despite a couple of diversions we found this to be a great route, following single track, trails and some roads around the local area. At 40km and over 900m of ascent it was a good work out but it was the scenery that made it spectacular. We will definitely come back to this gem of an area.

A bit of a diversion

Cycle trail through the sandstone

A final drive back to the UK

We packed up and left the Mullerthal in gloomy dampness, driving through Luxembourg and filling up with gas and diesel before we crossed into Belgium.

Our final night was spent in the aire at Bergues where we have stayed so many times it feels like a tradition. Despite promising ourselves an evening meal in the town we ended up popping over to Lidl. We didn’t have the motivation to eat out and just wanted an early night with comfort food and television.

P&O ferries took us across the channel. So much cheaper, these days, than the tunnel. Finally we were back in the UK, and Paul drove us all the way home with only a quick stop for a KFC break.

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