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Mountain bike route, Hybrid bicycle route

A tour of the Eau d'Heure lakes | cycling routes in Wallonia

A tour of the Eau d'Heure lakes | cycling routes in Wallonia
© WBT - David Samyn
  • Departing from
    Ancienne gare de Froidchapelle
    Rue de la Station
    6440 FROIDCHAPELLEBelgium

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  • Opening Dates
    • All year round

    Difficulty: Medium
    62 km
    6 h
    Locality: Froidchapelle
    Province : Hainaut

    From the Plate Taille to the Val Joly, this bike ride reveals all the beauty of the Eau d'Heure lakes, a major nature and tourist site in Wallonia.

    No sooner have we left the village, than the itinerary plunges into the countryside: Froidchapelle is surrounded by groves and fields as far as the eye can see.

    A little after having travelled along the superb RAVeL towards Chimay, we join the lakes Véloroute: don't forget to pack your swimming costume! The intense greens of the pastures showcase the red brick of the isolated farms that we pasS along the way. Bathed in natural colours, the lakes ride uses pleasant secret roads.

    The itinerary appears to not be too physical a challenge but there are, in reality, few flat sections. We climb and descend incessantly on our way to the Plate Taille lake. You can, of course, ride around the lake, using its RAVeL itinerary.

    On our return journey, we take the time to stop in a cafe in the centre of Froidchapelle and sample the charms of this endearing region.

    In practice


    Route surface

    Asphalted RAVeL and country roads.

    Bicycle type
    All types.

    Difficulty

    A 62 km round trip that links the Plate Taille and Val Joly lakes. As the start lies between the two destinations, you can cut the ride short. Either you go towards the Val Joly lake (a 46 km round trip), or you go towards the Plate Taille lake (an 18 km round trip). Please note that you can also complete a tour of the Plate Taille lake: an extra 15 km RAVeL route.

    Children
    From 12 years old.

    Start
    Follow the RAVeL towards Chimay. The Véloroute to the Eau d'Heure lakes starts after 500m.

    Signposting
    Follow the RAVeL signs and the blue Véloroute des Deux Lacs signs.

    Parking

    At the old Froidchapelle station, on rue de la station, 6440 Froidchapelle.
       

    Difficulty: Medium
    Length of the trail: 62 km.
    Duration: 6 heures.

    Information

    MAISON DU TOURISME DE LA BOTTE DU HAINAUT (CHIMAY)

    In Virelles, the nature has conquered the banks of this artificial pool of 90 hectares...
    Find out more
    Address:
    Rue de Noailles 6
    6460 CHIMAY
    Tel.+32 (0) 60 21 98 84



    PLUSTourist information on the town FROIDCHAPELLE