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Hybrid bicycle route

Cycling around Tournai | Cycling routes in Wallonia

Cycling around Tournai | Cycling routes in Wallonia
© Coralie Cardon
  • Departing from
    Office du Tourisme de Tournai
    Place Paul-Émile Janson
    7500 TOURNAIBelgium

  • MAPS: Google Maps
  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    Difficulty: Medium
    34 km
    3 h
    Locality: Tournai
    Province : Hainaut

    A circuit that reveals the remarkable heritage of Tournai, the “city of the five bell towers”, and its surrounding countryside. It’s a journey full of surprises!

    As we leave the city centre, we can admire Notre-Dame cathedral. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, it is a gem of mediaeval architecture, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles and its five Romanesque towers soaring to 83 metres make this a key point of reference in Western religious architecture.

    Heading south, we climb towards the surrounding countryside and a wind farm that induces a completely different kind of vertigo! The route continues among the largest plant nurseries in Belgium: those of Lesdain are signalled by the thousands of ornamental and fruit trees. For several kilometres we can admire the tranquil landscape which unfurls before our eyes: the pretty little church at Bruyelle, or the ceaseless ballet of the barges on the Escaut.


    To return to Tournai, we take the RAVeL 1 to the lime kilns of Cherq. Tournai presents a fascinating spectacle, with is bell towers pricking the horizon and its 13th-century Pont des Trous. Back on the Grand-Place, we can enjoy a local beer on one of the many terraces...

    Good to know!


    A little to the north east, another itinerary called “Échappée verte à vélo à Silly” (Green adventure by bike at Silly; 24.1 km long) takes you to the Silly brewery.

    Also on the route is Pairi Daiza, a beautiful themed zoo and park, voted “Best Zoo in Belgium and the Netherlands” in 2015.!


    In practice


    Type of route

    RAVeL and small asphalted country roads.

    Type of bicycle
    Hybrid bike.

    Difficulty
    A long outing of 34 km. The first part is more physically challenging, with a climb to Saint-Maur. The return on RAVeL 1 is easier.

    Children

    Aged around 15 years old.

    Start
    From the tourist office of Tournai, Place Paul-Émile Janson

    Signposting
    follow intersection points: (not indicated on the map because in the city centre: 48, 3, 36, 47, 46) 52, 75, 77, 68, 72, 82, 73, 84, 81, 83, 90, 57, 58, 96, 73, 24, 25, 9, 11, 8, 51 (and back into the city centre, so not marked on the map: 49, 1, 45, 27, 3 and 48).

    Parking
    At the tourist office of Tournai (intersection point 48), or at the free parking on the Plaine des Manoeuvres, 7500 Tournai. 

    Difficulty: Medium
    Length of the trail: 34 km.
    Duration: 3 heures.

    Information

    The Tourist Office for Wallonie Picarde (TOURNAI)

    Two natural parks dominate the Tournaisis....
    Find out more
    Address:
    Place Paul Emile Janson 1
    7500 TOURNAI
    Tel.+32 (0) 69 22 20 45



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