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Chimay, the princely city | Cycling trails in Wallonia

  • Chimay, the princely city | Cycling trails in Wallonia
  • Cycle ride

Leaving the historical centre of Chimay, its collégiale and its princely castle, cycle west towards the agricultural plains of the region.

The region features "Bikes welcome" touristic sites and lodgings.

From the heart of the city, join the RAVel L156 to reach Villers-la-Tour.

This former railway line was built on 1856 by the Crown Prince of Chimay, who wanted a direct line between Hermeton-sur-Meuse and Anor, in France. It remained a private line until 1948, when the SNCB bought the concession.

Leave the green belt in Villers-la-Tour. From the village a slope goes up to the heights. Cycle until you get to Salles, a picturesque village, typical of the region: farms in narrow strips, superb wooden barn gates...

At the highest point is the Notre Dame de l’Arbrisseau chapel. A Spanish officer, during the battle of Rocroi (1643), is said to have promised Notre-Dame del Pilar to build, were it to survive the war... A countryside path then takes you back to Chimay.

Good to know

The node network for "cycling a 1,000 km" counts 350 km of trails in the Chimay and Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse regions only.

Practical information

Type of road

RAVel and light traffic roads

Type of bike

VTC bike

Difficulty

13 km - first along the RAVel then countryside (and sometimes muddy) roads. The hill is just after Villers-la-Tour.

Children

From 8 y.o.

Start

From the former station, go straight ahead then cross Place Leopold. Continue accross the N99 until you reach node #78.

Signs

Follow the nodes #78, 77, 81, 54, 53, 76, 77 and 78.

Parking

Place Leopold (every day bur Fridays, market day) or place de la gare

 

Information on the walk

Difficulty

Medium

Length

Minimum distance13 Km

Duration

Minimum duration2:00

Organisers

The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.