From the Grand Hornu to the Pass | cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
Site minier du Grand-Hornu
Rue Henri Degorge
7301 HORNU (BOUSSU)
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Province : Hainaut
Here is a route that everyone can enjoy, that links some of our major heritage sites.
The Grand-Hornu is a coal mine with a difference. A classic piece of early 19th-century industrial architecture conceived in grand, idealistic neo-classical style, it is now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the abandoned buildings have been transformed into a vibrant contemporary arts centre.
A short ride over the cobbled streets of this old mining town, and there is the RAVeL. A little further along this greenway, we come upon sculptures – continuing the Grand-Hornu theme. We are crossing an old industrial zone: the slag heaps and pit-head winding gear speaking of this region’s mining past.
These days, however, the landscape is decidedly green. Further on we cross another RAVeL, and then another: this mining area, called the Borinage, was once criss-crossed with railway lines transporting the coal.
Today these lines have been converted into greenways for the pleasure of cyclists and other “slow” travellers. Finally we come to Le Pass, “Parc d’Aventures Scientifiques”, a former colliery turned into a science theme park for children and families – a place where the past truly meets the future.
Good to know!
Dicover Mons and its region through various themed itineraries (the historic city centre, Van Gogh, UNESCO heritage, First World War etc).
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14 km there and back, presenting no real difficulties.
Around 8 years old.
From the Grand-Hornu, head along the cobbled Rue Henri Degorge (to the right, when facing the arts centre). Continue round the arts centre site on the Rue des Arts. Turn first right onto the Allée Verte. The RAVeL begins on the right, after 100 m.
Follow the RAVeL L98c signs.
Parking opposite the Grand-Hornu.
Prestigious collections of works of art are housed in the several museums of the city like for example the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Decorative Arts....
Tourist information on the town BOUSSU