Situated at the heart of a vast wetland of biological importance, the Centre Régional d’Initiation à l’Environnement d’Harchies (Harchies Regional Environmental Centre) invites you to discover everyday biodiversity and evolution via different educational approaches.
The park occupies part of the watershed separating the country's two main catchment areas: The Scheldt, via the Haine and the Meuse, via the Sambre on its French stretch.
And as the Haine, at the Franco-Belgian border, is at an altitude of 16 m, this name, "Hauts-Pays", the high country, can easily be understood. It isn't just a tall story! Especially as the morphology of this region, or micro-region, is of the Ardennes type.
Educational events organised by the producers, craftsmen, coordinators, guides, etc. by appointment.
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Each route below includes a series of RAVeL paths and/or connecting links, for continuous travel between two points. These journeys go right through Wallonia, linking up the main urban areas.
The RAVeL is a network of paths reserved for slow travellers; that is, non-motorists: pedestrians, cyclists, disabled persons, skaters and horse riders (if conditions permit this). "RAVeL" is a Walloon designation for a Walloon network. Such paths are referred to outside our country as "greenways".
hese RAVeL sections that cross at the former Flénu station are no doubt the most interesting as regards railway heritage. Witnesses of the past, mileposts, beacons, and railway bridges punctuate the trip. Railway and industrial memorabilia, but also green slag heaps and pastoral valleys to delight the eye of the naturalist. Also not to be missed is a visit to the PASS, the former mining site that has been remarkably restored and reconverted into a scientific adventure park.
These two sections, of which one (98) starts at Rue Brenez at Warquignies and the other (98B) at Rue du Petit Bruxelles at Boussu are essentially urban and mainly serve everyday travel. They will soon enable a connection to Quiévrain station and eventually be incorporated into lines 98 and 98 linking Flénu, Quaregnon and Frameries.
Starting at the entrance to the Marais d’Harchies (nature zone), this journey first goes through a sandy area before entering the forests. Spanning the bridges of the Antoing-Pommeroeul and Nimy-Blaton-Péronnes canals, where you can rejoin the RAVeL 1, it then rejoins the Blaton-Ath canal.
Route 412 and route 129 HP
As a tribute to the miners who suffered or even gave their lives in our coal mines, route 412 crosses Wallonia from west to east. Whilst following 300 km of signing through the slag heaps, from Bernissart to Blegny-Mine, you will discover undreamed-of landscapes.
The latter route is in the west and goes from Bernissart to Moignelée (140 km). It passes through the coal mining areas of the Borinage, the Centre and Charleroi.
In Hainaut, UNESCO has recognised Mons and the Tournai cathedral as world heritage sites.
Mons, the historic capital of the province, offers centuries-old heritage with its St. Waltrude collegiate church and the façade of its town hall.
Tournai, founded more than 2,000 years ago, has maintained a historic centre of great value with its cathedral, its belfry and its Pont des Trous.
Built between the 13th and 19th centuries, surrounded by moats and precious gardens, the chateaux of Hainaut are perfect for strolling, daydreaming or even attending concerts.
Would you like to know more about the Neolithic or Gaulish periods or about science or technology ? Would you like to get to know aquatic life or wander the paths of a completely unique animal park ?