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Mountain bike route

Mountain biking in Floreffe | Cycling routes in Wallonia

Mountain biking in Floreffe | Cycling routes in Wallonia
© Jean-Baptiste Van Achter
  • Departing from

    Centre Sportif de Floreffe
    5150 FLOREFFEBelgium

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

    Difficulty: difficult
    28 km
    3 h
    Locality: Floreffe
    Province : Namur

    Floreffe: a small village by the River Sambre with its amazing abbey… This circuit reveals the natural setting that surrounds it, with its surprising range of landscapes.

    Following the Sambre to begin with, this itinerary leads us along the river and through the course of its history. On and near its banks we can see how the industrial era has made its mark on the landscape. The itinerary passes former inlets and docks where barges were once loaded with glass from the glass factory of Floreffe, or with limestone or lime.

    This region of the Province of Namur is nonetheless rural, with hedged farmland and vast fi elds of crops. We now enter this cheerful countryside, via one of the most agreeable of roads. At the top of the valley is a landscape of typical farms that have defied time.

    To discover


    Floreffe Abbey

    A little after Soye, the route enters a wood, then it leaves the forested slopes to rejoin the Sambre, a river that is closely bound to the universe of boats and inland waterways – a heritage that dates back more than ten centuries.

    On our return, the Abbaye de Floreffe, perched on its hill, emerges from the wheat fields. This architectural gem mixes styles (Romanesque, Baroque…) and is impressive in its grandeur. It is a haven of peace, existing beyond the busy agitation of the modern world. 

    Good to know!


    Come by bike to the Abbaye de Floreffe’s Esperanzah! World Music Festival! Held annually since 2002, in 2016 it will take place on 5, 6 and 7 August. Access routes, bike parking facilities, repair workshop – all part of the “Village des Possibles”.


    In practice


    Route surface
    Tracks, paths and country roads.

    Bicycle type
    Mountain bike.

    Difficulty
    28 km. A little after following the course of the River Sambre, a climb leads up to Château du Pavillon, on the “Hauteurs de Floriffoux” (Floriffoux heights). The route gets more tricky again towards the end, with two steep climbs.

    Children
    Around 15 years old.

    Start
    From the Centre Sportif de Floreffe, follow the River Sambre to reach the bridge to cross it. 

    Signposting
    Follow the circuit signs (orange triangles and round discs). 

    Parking
    At the Floreffe Sports Centre

    Difficulty: difficult
    Length of the trail: 28 km.
    Duration: 3 heures.

    Information

    Sambre-Orneau Tourist Office (GEMBLOUX)

    Treasures of the past, discoveries of today...The region of Entre-Sambre-et-Orneau welcomes you and its tourist office informs you on everything that you need to know!...
    Find out more
    Address:
    Rue Sigebert 3
    5030 GEMBLOUX
    Tel.+32 (0) 81 62 69 66



    PLUSTourist information on the town FLOREFFE