- Train/tram/tourist train
Have a wonderful family day out, pedalling at your pace on the draisines (rail bikes) on the trail tracks going through the Molignée Valley.
An enchanting trail
- Off you go! The adventure starts in Warnant. From there, you will go through Falaën and Sosoye, 2 of the prettiest villages in Wallonia, admire the ruins of the Montaigne castle, listed as exceptional heritage before arriving at the former station of Maredsous.
- A gentle stroll along countryside paths will take you to the abbey, where you can buy terroir products (including beer and cheese) made on-site, perfect for a peaceful picnic. Children will love the play area there.
- Retrace your steps to the station and pedal back to Warnant: these strange little vehicles, imagined by Baron Von Drais (hence the word Draisine) are sure to enchant all generations.
Anecdotes to tell the kids
Karl Von Drais was a French engineer from Drais, which family, being protestant, had been forced to leave Lorraine at the end of the 18th century for Germany.
Baron Von Drais, childless, led his title to his cousin Jean Frédéric Von Drais, who had converted to Catholicism. He was one of the founders of the Maredsous Abbey, where he lived for 3 years. Who would have thought that the draisines would still exist a century later, carrying the family name through time?
Information on the walk
- Access for PRM (autodeclared)
- Car parking
- Cycle rack
Access: E411 motorway, exit 19 for SPontin, Yvoir, then follow the signs for Maredsous on the N971.