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Villers-la-Ville : Through valleys and woods (Mountain bike or on horse)

Villers-la-Ville : Through valleys and woods (Mountain bike or on horse)

Distance : 24,8 km
Difficulty : difficult
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This walk starts at the abbey of Villers and crosses the fields toward Châtelet (medieval fortified castle), then reaches the castle of Bousval through the forest. You continue walking in the countryside toward the village of La Roche that you cross from north to south. You then enter the woods of Saint Catherine and the Hermitage to reach the so-called Etoile from were you walk down back to the abbey.

Can be done on horseback.
Source itinerary : Haras des Avelines.

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Style : Hiking

Starting point

1 Rue des Quatre Chênes
1495 Genappe
Lat : 50.5904Lng : 4.52718
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Starting point: Car park opposite the Chalet de la Forêt (near Villers Abbey)

At the rear of the car park, take the long track that rises up (“Chemin des 4 chênes”).

1 Rue des Quatre Chênes 1495 Genappe
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4 chênes (4 oaks)

Rue des Quatre Chênes 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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4 Chênes

At the “4 chênes” crossroads, go straight on. The track becomes tarmac. Follow it

Rue des Quatre Chênes 1495 Genappe
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Sart-Dames-Avelines water tower

The Sart-Dames-Avelines water tower (1936) is a red brick structure...Read more

21-31 Rue Cheranne 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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Complexe sportif

You arrive in Sart-Dames-Avelines. Take the first turning on the left (Chemin Bruyère du Coq) and continue as far as rue de Villers. Turn left at the T-junction. Take the first on the right (rue du Marais). Take the first on the left. Turn onto the first track on the left, and then take a right immediately. Follow the track straight on. The track becomes a street. Take the first street on the left.

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The Châtelet

Standing at the northern edge of Marbais, the Châtelet fortified castle,...Read more

76-84 Rue de Sart 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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Manège

At the T-junction, turn right (rue de la Grosse Boule). At the crossroads, continue straight on. Pass in front of the Haras des Avelines (5.7 km). Continue straight on. Where the paths cross, golf course. Turn left, and stay on the main track.

Rue du Petit Marbais 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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Bousval Castle

Main seigniory that derived its name from the village. The original...Read more

3 Rue du Grand Arbre 1470 Genappe
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L'Etoile

8 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Genappe
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Le Châtelet

Arrivée à un T. Prendre à gauche (château féodal du 12ème siècle). Dans le bas, passer le pont (Thyle) sur la gauche et rejoindre la route principale. Prendre à droite. Puis prendre le deuxième chemin à gauche, juste avant un dos d’âne, indication « 4 chênes ». Au bout du chemin, prendre à droite et 100m plus loin, à gauche.

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Fosty (Ry d'Hez

At “4 chênes”, carry straight on. The track crosses some fields and then enters the forest. Continue as far as the road. Be careful of fast traffic on the road. Turn left. Take the first road on the right (not the track), cross the bridge (Ry d’Hez) and turn right into Rue du Fosty. Before no. 57, go up the paved track on the left. It turns into an earth track later. Cross the field and head for the corner of the wood. At the top of the track, take a wide track on the right. When you reach the tarmac, go straight on. You arrive at a crossroads with a main road. At the main road, turn right and go ahead for 100m. Take the track on the left towards “Bousval”.
At the fork, continue on the wide track, slightly to the right. At the next fork, follow the wide track slightly to the left.

2-8 Rue Fosty 1470 Genappe
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Chapel of Notre-Dame des Affligés.

At the northern edge of Tilly, the chapel of Notre-Dame des Affligés...Read more

7 Chemin Notre Dame 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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Porte de Namur

L'édifice présente une façade tripartite édifiée en briques et pierre...Read more

8 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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Château de Bousval

Carry on along this track, which turns into a road. Ignore 2 roads to the left. After Bousval castle, turn right towards “Baisy-Thy” and “Villers-la-Ville”. At the fork, take the rue du Grand Arbre (dead end). Follow the track that goes up and gets narrower. Further on, you are out in the fields again. Do not leave this track. At the T-junction, take the wide track to the left. At the next crossroads, take the main track, which goes off to the right at an angle (not the small track that also goes to the right). At the bottom of the track, N 275: left, then right to cross the bridge over the railway line.

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Gare de La Roche à proximité

Prendre la 1ère rue droite, puis 1ère à gauche (rue de la Belle Haie). Prendre ensuite 1ère à droite, rue Sainte-Gertrude ; laisser une rue à gauche et au T, à gauche. Ensuite prendre la 2ème à droite (au sommet de la rue - avant les 2 lions). Au carrefour, traverser et emprunter le chemin de terre. Suivre le chemin qui oblique vers la droite et entre dans les bois. Prendre le 1er chemin à gauche. Suivre le chemin principal. Au bout, traverser le chemin et suivre le chemin qui oblique légèrement vers la droite.

6 Rue d'Heuval 1490 Court-Saint-Etienne
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SI Anciennes écuries

Datent du 18 ième siècle.

8 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Genappe
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Villers-la-Ville Abbey - An exceptional heritage site in Wallonia

Villers Abbey, founded in 1146, with its majestic ruins, is one of...Read more

8 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Genappe
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Etang

At the crossing, take the track on the right. It drops down gently at first but then becomes steeper.
There is a pond at the bottom. Go left for 50 m, then take a track to the right. Big star-shaped crossing. Take the track to the right. At the fork, take the track to the right. At the next crossing, go straight as far as the bottom of the descent. After a small stream, take the first track on the left. At the next fork, turn right and then follow the track on the right, which climbs up steeply.

48-54 Rue d'Heuval 1490 Villers-la-Ville
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Abbey Mill

The old sandstone abbey mill dating from the early 13th century stands...Read more

Avenue Georges Speeckaert 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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Etoile

You arrive at a place called “étoile” (a star-shaped crossroads). Cross the clearing and continue along the track in front of you. You arrive at Rue de l’abbaye (paved). Turn right and go down. Walk around the abbey, pass under the arches and you get back to the starting point.

53 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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55 rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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