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Hybrid bicycle route

From the Grand Hornu to the Pass | cycling routes in Wallonia

From the Grand Hornu to the Pass | cycling routes in Wallonia
© Pierre Pauquay
  • Departing from
    Site minier du Grand-Hornu
    Rue Henri Degorge
    7301 HORNU (BOUSSU)Belgium

  • MAPS: Google Maps
Difficulty: easy
14 km
1 h
Locality: Boussu
Province : Hainaut

Here is a route that everyone can enjoy, that links some of our major heritage sites.

The Grand-Hornu is a coal mine with a difference. A classic piece of early 19th-century industrial architecture conceived in grand, idealistic neo-classical style, it is now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the abandoned buildings have been transformed into a vibrant contemporary arts centre.

A short ride over the cobbled streets of this old mining town, and there is the RAVeL. A little further along this greenway, we come upon sculptures – continuing the Grand-Hornu theme. We are crossing an old industrial zone: the slag heaps and pit-head winding gear speaking of this region’s mining past.

These days, however, the landscape is decidedly green. Further on we cross another RAVeL, and then another: this mining area, called the Borinage, was once criss-crossed with railway lines transporting the coal.


Today these lines have been converted into greenways for the pleasure of cyclists and other “slow” travellers. Finally we come to Le Pass, “Parc d’Aventures Scientifiques”, a former colliery turned into a science theme park for children and families – a place where the past truly meets the future.

Good to know!


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In practice


Route surface

RAVeL only.

Bicycle type
Hybrid bike.

Difficulty
14 km there and back, presenting no real difficulties.

Children
Around 8 years old.

Start
From the Grand-Hornu, head along the cobbled Rue Henri Degorge (to the right, when facing the arts centre). Continue round the arts centre site on the Rue des Arts. Turn first right onto the Allée Verte. The RAVeL begins on the right, after 100 m.

Signposting
Follow the RAVeL L98c signs.

Parking

Parking opposite the Grand-Hornu.

Difficulty: easy
Length of the trail: 14 km.
Duration: 1 heures.

Information

MAISON DU TOURISME DE LA REGION DE MONS (MONS)

Prestigious collections of works of art are housed in the several museums of the city like for example the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Decorative Arts....
Find out more
Address:
Grand-Place 27
7000 MONS
Tel.+32 (0) 65 33 55 80



PLUSTourist information on the town BOUSSU