Discover this 46.6km route on horseback, from Binche to Nivelles!
As you leave the guest house Le Relais de Bruille, head north-west along Rue Mon Plaisir, then turn left and follow the yellow route to cross the N563 in a clear spot, then continue across fields until you reach the N90, take care when crossing it. Take the road ahead until Rue Tienne-des Ronques. Then turn west and follow the yellow route that will bring you to Maurage which you will cross through Cité Leburton. Once you reach Rue de la Garenne you will head west towards Rue du Thieu.
This road will take you 25m further to the chapel where you will turn right (north) and go off this map 250m further.
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This road of about 750m (north) takes you under the railway line then along the Canal du Centre where you will find yourself back on the map 46/1-2 (This small portion of the itinerary is not illustrated).
You will cross this whole map from south-west to north-east staying along the canal. You will pass through Thieu, Strépy Bracquegnies and then Houdeng Goegnies. You will see the boat lifts (it is possible to visit the machine room and cafeteria in season). A bit further on, still by the canal, is the Cantine des Italiens (cafe-restaurant and small museum remembering immigrant workers from Italy who helped to build the canal (you can make a stop here). After Houdeng Goegnies you will cross over Tout-y-Faut bridge. You will then turn to the left and cross over the Julie Brichant crossroads which is currently wasteland. You will then cross the new Canal du Centre to reach the north bank (RAVeL).
You will pass under the E42 then cross over Morlet bridge, pass under the A501 and continue to Marie Gislain bridge (on the other side of the bridge is the restaurant Le Nautic - tel. +32 (0)64 267 229 or +32 (0)475 47 44 05). The route then becomes grassy. You will reach the Bruxelles-Charleroi canal: pass under the N59 then the N27, after the railway take the bridge and then the first dirt track on the right. You will reach the old canal where you will follow the south bank which you will cross just before the Cité-jardin des Trieux. (Just after the Cité-jardin des Trieux you can take a right to see the Château of Seneffe which often hosts exhibitions). Continue along the east bank of the old canal to pass through Seneffe. Keep going along this old canal until you reach the next map. However, if you would like to visit Flotène farm where Christian De Blende will give you a warm welcome, then take the last road shown on the map on the right, Avenue François Deladrière 15, 7180 Seneffe.
As you follow this old canal on the RAVeL line, you will pass through Arquennes and by the Château de la Rocq (private property) to get to Brabant where the guest house Chez Gertrude will welcome you. You will arrive there by the Chemin de Ronquières which has traditional cobblestones.
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