In the footsteps of the Sainte-Rolende procession | cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
Place des Combattants
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Province : Hainaut
This country jaunt goes in search of a great folklore tradition: the unique Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse marches or processions that are listed by UNESCO.
Leaving Gerpinnes, we follow the route of the Marcheurs who, on Whit Monday (May or June), escort St Rolende and St Oger in a 30-km procession, wearing 19th-century uniforms and bearing arms. The Marche Sainte-Rolende is a grand spectacle involving some 3300 participants.
Nearby is the Château d’Acoz, with links to the early mediaeval Carolingian domain of Gerpinnes. This gentle circuit leads us through open countryside and typical rural villages. A little after the cemetery, the road gives way to a track beside the fields.
We pass through Aherée, then Hanzinne, surrounded by arable land. Shortly afterwards, we come to the Chapelle Saint-Oger, situated on a small hillock crowned by five lime trees. The itinerary continues through the Hanzinne wood, then returns to Gerpinnes and the museum of the processions, the Musée des Marches Folkloriques de l’Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse.
Good to know!
Near Charleroi there’s a 20-km cycle route in the old mining district called “De Gueules Noires en Espaces Verts” (Of black faces in green spaces). Also well worth visiting in Charleroi: the Bois du Cazier colliery and mining museum (UNESCO listed), the Musée de la Photographie, Musée des Beaux-Arts, and BPS22 arts centre.
Lanes and roads with little traffic.
A 16-km ride presenting little difficulty. There is a gentle climb up to Aherée.
Around 12 years old.
From place des Combattants in Gerpinnes, where point-noeud 06 is.
Follow points-neouds: 06, 07, 70, 08, 09, 29, 28 and 06
Place des Combattants in Gerpinnes (sign 06).
The Pays de Charleroi, Industrial Heritage. Once black, the Pays de Charleroi is changing and getting some colours....
Tourist information on the town GERPINNES