Cycling around Tournai | Cycling routes in Wallonia
- Departing from
Office du Tourisme de Tournai
Place Paul-Émile Janson
- MAPS: Google Maps
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.!
Type of route
RAVeL and small asphalted country roads.
Type of bicycle
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.
Aged around 15 years old.
From the tourist office of Tournai, Place Paul-Émile Janson
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).
At the tourist office of Tournai (intersection point 48), or at the free parking on the Plaine des Manoeuvres, 7500 Tournai.
Two natural parks dominate the Tournaisis....
Tourist information on the town TOURNAI