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Hybrid bicycle route

From Ath, town of giants, to Beloeil castle | cycling routes in Wallonia

From Ath, town of giants, to Beloeil castle | cycling routes in Wallonia
© Coralie Cardon
  • Departing from
    A hauteur du point-nœud 85
    Grand-Place d’Ath
    7800 ATHBelgium

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  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    Difficulty: Medium
    34 km
    4 h
    Locality: Ath
    Province : Hainaut

    This magnificent circuit links highlights of Wallonia’s heritage: Ath, the beautiful Château de Beloeil and the Aubechies site.

    Situated on the confluence of two rivers, the Western Dender (or Dendre) and the Eastern Dender, the town of Ath is a wonderful place to wander in and enjoy. It is known above all for its place in folklore, for this is the “Cité des Géants”. Its annual Ducasse festival in August, featuring a parade of giant figures, has been celebrated for more than five centuries and has a UNESCO World Heritage listing.

    What a great place to begin a lovely outing that combines culture and country roads! From the Maison des Géants we come swiftly to the RAVeL 4 following the Blaton–Ath Canal, and can take pleasure in the calm of the green countryside as we ride along beside the water.

    The banks of the canal lead us all the way to Beloeil and its splendid château. This is where we leave the RAVeL and take country roads to the village Aubechies, a member of the “Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonia” and its historical open-air museum, the Archéosite.


    We return to Ath on small country roads, passing on the way one of the oldest working windmills in the region, the Moulin de la Marquise at Moulbaix.

    Good to know!


    The “réseau points-noeuds” in Wallonie Picarde has 1,600 km of signposted bicycle routes through 23 municipalities and 2 nature parks.


    In practice


    Route surface

    Asphalted RAVeL and country roads.

    Bicycle type
    Hybrid.

    Difficulty

    34 km. A long outing which follows a RAVeL route for the first kilometres, with no difficulty. Gentle climb from Aubechies to Villers-Notre-Dame.

    Children
    Around 15 years old.

    Start
    From point-noeud 85, on the Grand-Place of Ath.

    Signposting
    Follow points-noeuds: 85, 74, 86, 61, 73, 76, 79, 81, 82, 89, 29, 28, 27, 44, 40, 41, 42, 37, 35, 34, 32, 56, 57, 62, 58, 53, 54, 60, 61, 86, 84, 74 and 85. 

    Parking

    At Ath railway station, Rue de la Station, by point-noeud 84.

    Difficulty: Medium
    Length of the trail: 34 km.
    Duration: 4 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



    PLUSTourist information on the town ATH