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Circuit of the "censes" of Raidmont

Circuit of the "censes" of Raidmont
Circuit of the "censes" of Raidmont
Circuit of the "censes" of Raidmont
Credit : OT Sambre Avesnois

The Cirkwi brief

Discover the Rustic Charm of Circuit des Censes de Raidmont

Embark on a journey through the Circuit des Censes de Raidmont, a delightful country walk that beckons with the allure of open fields, rustic paths, and the quaint surroundings of Ferrière-La-Grande. Crafted by Nord Tourisme, this itinerary unfolds through serene landscapes and offers an escape into the countryside, just a stone's throw from urban life. Experience the changing seasons, each painting the circuit with unique colors and textures. Along the way, the Musée de la Faïence and de la Poterie in Ferrière-la-Petite stands as a testament to the region's rich heritage, tying the past to the present through its collection and pottery demonstrations.

Essential Guide to Circuit's Specs

The Circuit des Censes de Raidmont presents a total distance of 10.09 km, with elevations ranging from 130 to 185 meters. This creates a total positive elevation change of 108 meters throughout the journey. Such specifics render it a moderately challenging route for walkers, offering a blend of terrains that test endurance without being overly demanding. The roadmap intersects with RD 95, 27, and 436, thereby necessitating a degree of caution during crossings. These technical details highlight the route’s accessibility to a wide array of hiking enthusiasts, from novices to the more experienced.

Seasonal Tips for Circuit Travellers

As your local guide, I recommend sturdy footwear for this trail, especially during winter when paths can be muddy. Spring brings blooms that accent the landscape, making it a picturesque journey, while summer offers warmth and extended daylight. Fall is spectacular with vibrant foliage. Regardless of the season, always stay vigilant at road crossings (RD 95, 27, and 436). Consider carrying water and a map, as parts of the trail may not have clear signage. Early morning starts in summer beat the heat, and in winter, ensure you're off the paths before dusk to avoid navigation in low light.

Historical Essence of Ferrière-La-Grande

Ferrière-La-Grande, nestled in a territory rich with culture and history, serves as the starting point of the Circuit des Censes de Raidmont. This area, renowned for its significant contribution to the faïence and pottery sector since the 18th century, plays a crucial role in maintaining traditional craftsmanship. The Musée de la Faïence and de la Poterie showcases not just the local artistry but also the evolution of these crafts over centuries. The circuit, therefore, does not just offer a scenic walk but immerses travelers in the cultural heritage that has shaped this region.

Weather and Climate Insights

The climate in Ferrière-La-Grande, characterized by mild to moderate variability, makes it conducive to year-round travel. However, the best times to experience the Circuit des Censes de Raidmont are late spring through early fall (May to September), when weather conditions are generally favorable. These months offer a balance of comfortable temperatures, minimal precipitation, and optimal daylight hours for exploring. Winter months, while colder, still present a unique charm, especially with the right gear. Be mindful of seasonal changes, particularly when planning for footwear and clothing.
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Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Easy
Duration
3h20mn
Dist.
10 km
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Altimetric profile

Starting point

parking de l'ancienne gare , FERRIERE-LA-GRANDE
Lat : 50.2534641469Lng : 3.99085539903

Steps

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Point 1

Dirigez-vous vers le passage à niveau et prenez à droite la rue de l’Industrie. Obliquez à gauche avec la rue et longez le terrain de sport à main droite.

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Point 2

Empruntez la passerelle. Cheminez à gauche en longeant la rivière puis poursuivez rue de la Cure pour déboucher sur la Place de la République.

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Point 3

Traversez la place et poursuivez sur la Rue du 8 Mai. Devant la Mairie, tournez à droite dans la rue Roger Salengro puis après environ 250 m, traversez et montez sur la gauche la rue de la Barrière. Passez devant la Maison de Retraite.

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Point 4

Traversez le Chemin Stratégique avec prudence et continuez sur le chemin de terre en face. Après 300 m, tournez à droite. Point de vue sur la campagne environnante.

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Point 5

À la route, partez à gauche. Suivez un peu plus loin la D 95 en direction de Hautmont, à proximité du Fort du Bourdiau, point culminant de Ferrière-la-Grande et maillon de la ceinture défensive de Maubeuge.

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Point 6

Après le fort, engagez-vous à gauche, sur le sentier à travers champs et, à la fourche, descendez à gauche. Vue sur les Hauts de Ferrière. À l’intersection avec la route macadamisée, au lieu-dit le Champ de Loup, continuez en face sur le sentier.

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Point 7

Empruntez à gauche la D 182. Longez les sapinières, les pâtures où paissent des moutons, passez devant l’ancienne Taverne des Fouées et l’imposante cense de Raidmont.

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Point 8

 Au carrefour, traversez avec prudence la D 27 et suivez en face le chemin de terre qui vous emmène à Ferrière-la-Petite, à travers le bois et le long de la rivière. Au bout du chemin, prenez à droite, et rejoignez l’ancienne gare.

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Point 9

Poursuivez à gauche sur l’ancienne voie ferrée réhabilitée en Voie Verte. En chemin, la Voie Verte prend l’allure d’un mini-canyon creusé autrefois pour le passage des trains Regagnez le parking de l'ancienne gare.

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Caution!
We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾