Chimay, home of Princes | cycling routes in Wallonia
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Province : Hainaut
Our journey takes us away from the historical centre, with its château and collegiate church, and into Chimay's countryside to the west.
We follow the RAVeL L156 to Villers-la- Tour.
This old railway line was built in 1856 between Hermeton-sur-Meuse and Anor, in France, at the insistence of the Prince of Chimay. It ran as a private railway until 1948 when it was bought by the SNCB (Belgium's National Rail operator).
We leave this greenway at Villers-la-Tour and climb to a plateau where we find Salles, a typical village of the region: long farms and magnificent wooden barn doors.
At the highest point stands the Chapelle Notre-Dame de l’Arbrisseau (or del Pilar). According to legend, an officer in the Spanish army, at the time of the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, during the Thirty Years’ War, made a vow to build it in honour of Our Lady of the Pillar (patroness of Spain) if he survived the war. A country road takes us back to Chimay.
Good to know!
The points-noeuds network called “1000 bornes à vélo”, in the Pays de Chimay and Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse, has 350 km of signposted itineraries.
RAVeL and roads with little traffic.
A circuit of 13 km. First you follow the RAVeL route, before taking country roads, sometimes muddy. There’s a climb shortly after the village of Villers-la-Tour.
Around 8 years old.
From the former railway station of Chimay, go straight ahead and cross Place Léopold. Cross the N99 road, opposite which is the point-nœud 78.
Follow points-nœuds: 78, 77, 81, 54, 53, 76, 77 and 78.
Place Léopold (except on Friday mornings when it is market day) or at Place de la gare.
In Virelles, the nature has conquered the banks of this artificial pool of 90 hectares...
Tourist information on the town CHIMAY