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A bike ride to discover the Sambre of the boat makers | Cycling trails in Walloni

  • Enjoy this 42-km bike ride through the Val de Sambre and Thudinier, the region of Binche and its Gilles, the medieval city of Th
  • Cycle ride
  • Mountain bike ride

Enjoy this 42-km bike ride through the Val de Sambre and Thudinier, the region of Binche and its Gilles, the medieval city of Thuin, of Aulne and its abbey beers.

The Hainaut is particularly rich in green ways. Cycle along two of these RAVels to discover the ship owners' Sambre. When the river was turned into a canal in 1829, boat-building yards start appearing all along it. The narrow boats made in Thuin, which you can see all along the Sambre have their own signature: two fleurs de lys touching at the bow.

A kilometre further, you will leave the Sambre but will stay on the RAVel to enter a large forest. The atmosphere is completely different - peaceful and intimate. After the crossroads of green belts, you will go back to the Sambre, near Erquelinnes. Here boats sail along the meanders of the river by using the many locks along it. These steel doors compensate the irregularities of the relief. you might feel a pinch of nostalgia when passing the dry dock where narrowboats were once built and repaired - superb creations that have survived the passing of time.

Practical information

Type of road

RAVel (asphalt)

Type of bike

All types

Difficulty

Just be careful when going accross the Nationales. The length of this itinerary (42 km) means it is best for regular/expert cyclists.

Children

From 12 y.o.

Start

From the main square, cycle down towards the Sambre and follow the RAVel, just under the bridge. Head towards the hospital. On the RAVel along the Sambre, follow, before the old railway bridge, the path (towards the Moulin du Bois) that will take you to the Binche RAVel (line 108), a km further. After 14 km, at the fork, follow the RAVel towards Maubeuge, Peissant.

Signs

Follow the RAVel indications until the RAVel ends in Erquelinnes. Follow the path to the Sambre (RAVel 2), marked with blue signs.

Parking

Place de Lobbes.

Information on the walk

Difficulty

Medium

Length

Minimum distance42 Km

Duration

Minimum duration5:00
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.