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Mountain bike route

The three provinces route | Cycling routes in Wallonia

The three provinces route | Cycling routes in Wallonia
© Pierre Pauquay
  • Departing from
    La place du village de Mellery 185

  • MAPS: Google Maps
Difficulty: Medium
18 km
2 h
Locality: Villers-la-ville
Province : Walloon Brabant

Here is a nice rural ride, full of country air. The gentle undulations of the terrain and the little farm roads are an open invitation to cyclists to explore this region that is rich in history.

This family-friendly circuit, on country roads with little traffic, presents an opportunity to brush with various witnesses to the past. Most of it passes through arable land: this part of Brabant consists of cleared land and vast fields dotted with woods – one of the breadbaskets of Belgium.

We follow a route that, here and there, is surfaced with cobbles, where the wheels of hay carts once rolled, drawn by the famous Brabant draught horses.

Shortly after Gentinnes we come upon a series of superb farms, the Ferme de Géronvillers, then the Fermes de Gentissart and du Colombier, which bear witness to the richly fertile soil here. From the ridge, the church of Mellery stands out against the yellow and ochre background of crops. The village is only a few kilometres from the Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville.

The abbey is a huge, ruined Cistercian abbey destroyed in 1794 in the wake of the French Revolution – an optional but very rewarding excursion that can be made after completing the circuit (see the blue route on the map).

Good to know!

“Rando Around Villers-la-Ville” is a genial app that you can download for free on a smartphone, for touring around the Pays de Villers by bike. French only, but has maps and pictures.

In practice

Route surface
Farmland access roads and lanes passable by motor vehicles.

Bicycle type
Mountain bike.

A circuit of 18 km, without any major challenges. Be careful of the cobbles, however, which can be slippery. There is not much traffic on the farm access roads. From Mellery it’s 3 km further to visit the Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville (the optional route marked in blue on the map).

Around 12 years old.

From the centre of the village of Mellery, head towards the cemetery.

Follow the VTT “les trois Provinces” circuit signs (red triangles and round discs).

Parking spaces beside the church at Mellery.

Difficulty: Medium
Length of the trail: 18 km.
Duration: 2 heures.


The Pays de Villers en Brabant Wallon Tourist Office (VILLERS-LA-VILLE)

The Tourist Office for the Villers Region in Walloon Brabant invites you to discover its land which is rich in rural and historic heritage....
Find out more
Rue de l'Abbaye 55
Tel.+32 (0) 71 88 09 90

PLUSTourist information on the town VILLERS-LA-VILLE