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Along the path of the procession of Sainte-Rolende | Cycling trails in Wallonia

  • Along the path of the procession of Sainte-Rolende | Cycling trails in Wallonia
  • Cycle ride

This countryside bike ride will take you to iconic places featured in a local folkloric tradition: the Marches de l'Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse (processions), declared Oral and Immaterial World Heritage by Unesco. 

The Bike Welcome program features a wide range of sites to visit and quality lodgings in the area.

From Gerpinnes, follow the path the Marcheurs (walkers) in full uniform would take, carrying Sainte-Rolende and Saint-Oger each Whit Monday. The Marche Sainte-Rolende is a procession over 30 km, with no less than 3,300 participants: grandiose!

Nearby it is the Acoz castle, on the former Carolingian site of Gerpinnes. The itinerary, quite easy to cycle, offers superb open landscapes with picturesque villages along the way.

You will go through Aherée then Hazinne, both nestled amidst fields. Next is Saint-Oger's chapel, built on a gentle promontory and surrounded by 5 lime trees.

The trail continues through the Hanzinne forest before returning to Gerpinnes, where you can visit the Marches Folkloriques de l’Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse museum.

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Practical information

Type of road

Paths and low traffic roads

Type of bike

VTC bike

Difficulty

An easy 16-km bike ride with only a slight hill to reach Aherée.

Children

From 12 y.o.

Start

From node #06, Place des Combattants in Gerpinnes.

Signs

Follow the nodes #06, 07, 70, 08, 09, 29, 28 and 06.

Parking

Place des Combattants in Gerpinnes.

Information on the walk

Difficulty

Medium

Length

Minimum distance16 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.