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Mountain bike route

Mountain biking in Ottignies - Louvain-la-Neuve | Ccycling routes in Wallonia

Mountain biking in Ottignies - Louvain-la-Neuve | Ccycling routes in Wallonia
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  • Departing from
    Etangs de Buston
    Rue du Moulin à Eau

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  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    Difficulty: Medium
    27 km
    3 h
    Locality: Ottignies-louvain-la-neuve
    Province : Walloon Brabant

    This mountain bike trail crosses a land of crops and fields. The countryside is never very far...

    Setting off from the ponds at Buston, popular with fishing enthusiasts, the first kilometres present no great difficulties. On the plain, a little after Rofessart, the lanes and small roads wind between the vast fields of this agricultural landscape.

    The horizon presents a subtle palette of colours – greens, yellows and browns – as far as the eye can see. The characteristic countryside of Ottignies reveals itself, as at Pinchart, former hunting grounds of the local lords, or at Fond du Ry, one of the many picturesque places that punctuate this route.

    Further on, approaching Céroux, the Romanesque tower of Moriensart rises up out of open country. We head for the centre of the village, a grassy triangle bordered by 56 lime trees which frequently serves as the departure point for hot air balloon rallies.

    After Mousty and Franquenies, we enter the Domaine Provincial du Bois des Rêves (the “Wood of Dreams” public park), the green lungs of the region; we go through this to reach the modern and innovative university town of Louvain-la-Neuve.

    We cycle beside the lake between the Quartiers of l’Hocaille and des Bruyères, then head towards the Bois de Lauzelle, another celebrated green space covering 180 hectares. A little descent, and we’re back in the bucolic little valley of Buston.

    Good to know!

    History buffs! Here’s an important side-story to the Battle of Waterloo. Follow the Route Armée Grouchy by bike between Wavre and Givet (in France).

    In practice

    Route surface

    Country lanes and small roads.

    Bicycle type
    Mountain bike.


    27 km. Take great care when crossing the routes nationales (N roads).

    Around 15 years old.

    From the ponds at Buston, follow the Rue du Moulin à Eau to reach the Rue du Charnois.

    Follow the signs for the long VTT circuit (red triangles and round discs).

    At the Buston lakes, rue du Moulin à Eau.

    Difficulty: Medium
    Length of the trail: 27 km.
    Duration: 3 heures.


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