The Moulin de Rensiwez is in the middle of the forest next to the Western Ourthe. The Ourthe boasts one of its most impressive aspects between La-Roche-en-Ardenne and Houffalize, with a sheltered valley and fantastic viewpoints. The site is right at the heart of the Parc Naturel des deux Ourthes, and the immediate area is a Natura 2000 region:
The Parc Naturel des deux Ourthes covers 187,795 acres and is the largest of the nine Parcs Naturels de Wallonie
It is surrounded by a whole host of attractions:
- To the north is the Special Protection Area of the Plateau des Tailles, the summit of which reaches up to an impressive 652 metres. A paradise for nature lovers, it is home to great swathes of peat bogs, moors and forests, with a fantastic array of flora and fauna thanks to the cool, damp climate.
- 3km south of Rensiwez is the Lac de Nisramont, a huge expanse of water covering 115 acres right in the midst of a forest; it’s a great place for fishing, swimming and canoeing.
- Downstream is Le Hérou and the start of one of the most remarkable sheltered, winding paths in the Ourthe valley, listed since 15 October 1937.
- Then to the west there are huge, dense leafy forests providing shelter for deer, roe deer, wild boar and wild cats.
- To the east, the springs of the Eastern Ourthe and its tributaries cross the plateau, covering vast areas studded with woods, creating feeding grounds for the black stork.
- Head south for the dales, valleys and wetlands around the Western Ourthe and its tributaries, offering stunning views of open land that remain untouched.
- Plus the many little villages and hamlets, packed with beautiful traditional buildings, spared from the ravages of the war, that embellish this exquisite region.