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The Nervians Trail

village Locquignol
village Locquignol
Credit : Nord Tourisme

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Discover the Hidden Trails of Mormal Forest by Nord Tourisme

Embark on a refreshing journey through the heart of Mormal's massif, where a path awaits that invites families to create timeless memories amidst nature. This trail, curated by Nord Tourisme, offers more than just a walk; it offers an adventure. As you step onto the Le Sentier des Nerviens, you're not just a traveler; you're an explorer delving into a world where every season paints a new masterpiece. The route beckons with the promise of wildlife sightings if one treads softly, with each step a chance to connect with nature's undisturbed beauty. Remember, this treasure trove of experiences demands waterproof footwear, just one small concession for the wonders that lie in wait.

Technical Trek Essentials Unveiled

This specific trail, stretching over approximately 4.07 km, introduces negligible elevation changes, maxing out at 155 meters and bottoming at 139 meters, creating a total positive elevation of around 25 meters. The yellow markings guide hikers through the undulating terrains of the massif. Considering these elements, the trail categorizes as accessible for families and individuals seeking a moderate outdoor activity. The compactness of the route, combined with its slight elevation shifts, makes for a pleasant trekking experience, devoid of strenuous challenges but rich in scenic views.

Seasonal Tips for a Safe Journey

Navigating Le Sentier des Nerviens requires an awareness of seasonal quirks. In winter, the path can be slippery; footwear with good grip is essential. Spring brings life but also muddiness, demanding waterproof boots. Summer offers the best visibility and weather, yet it's crucial to stay hydrated and protected against the sun. Come autumn, the trail dazzles with color, though fallen leaves can obscure the path. Regardless of the season, always carry a forest observation guide to enrich the experience, note wildlife activity, and ensure the massif's conservation by sticking to marked paths.

Spotlight on Locquignol: A Cultural Gem

Locquignol, the starting point of our journey, sits nestled within the Nord department, a region steeped in history and natural beauty. Beyond serving as a gateway to the vast Mormal forest, it stands as a testament to the cultural richness of Hauts-de-France. This area, historically significant for its forestry and contribution to the local economy, invites travelers not just to wander its paths but to explore the stories embedded in its landscape. The Le Sentier des Nerviens doesn't just offer a trek; it offers a deep dive into a region where every tree, every trail has a tale to tell.

Understanding Regional Weather Patterns

The climate of the Hauts-de-France region, marked by mild summers and cool winters, shapes the experience of hiking the Le Sentier des Nerviens. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year, making waterproof gear a must for explorers. The best period to visit would arguably be late spring through early autumn, when one can enjoy milder temperatures and reduced precipitation. This window maximizes the natural splendor of the massif, offering clearer trails and optimal conditions for wildlife observation.
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Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Very easy
Duration
1h30mn
Dist.
4.1 km
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Altimetric profile

Starting point

Le Coucou , 59530 LOCQUIGNOL
Lat : 50.2403385Lng : 3.77941930003

Steps

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Point 1

Suivez à droite de l’auberge, la route du Blanc Cheval et, 20 m après les barrières, empruntez le sentier de Gommegnies sur 900 m, jusqu’à la troisième passerelle. Vous êtes sous le peuplement caractéristique de la forêt domaniale de Mormal : charmes, hêtres, chênes pédonculés. Si vous êtes silencieux, vous pourrez apercevoir des chevreuils le long du parcours.

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Point 2

Après le passage du ruisseau, une boucle à droite et à gauche vous fait traverser la laie Albert et Isabet – une laie est un sentier rectiligne percé dans la forêt – et vous amène à la Sambrette – affluent de la Sambre – dont vous suivez les méandres pendant 500 m.

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Point 3

Juste après le cinquième ponceau, rejoignez à droite la laie du Grand Sart et suivez la, à gauche, sur 150 m, jusqu’à la route d’Hargnies ou Chemin Planté. Empruntez la route à gauche sur 30 m – attention, route parfois fréquentée.

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Point 4

Par la droite, quittez la route et contournez « le lieu des vestiges » où ont été retrouvés des tombeaux mérovingiens à l’emplacement d’une ancienne « villa » ; longez ensuite le Brai Préchon pendant 700 m.

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Point 5

Coupez le sentier de la Roulie aux Equettes au Cheval Blanc puis la route de la Fontaine à l’Ombre.

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Point 6

A la Fontaine à l’Ombre, coupez à gauche le sentier Julia et rejoignez la route du Blanc Cheval qui, à gauche, vous ramè- ne au parking de départ.

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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! 🌳🥾