Get on your bike and explore Walloon Brabant and its tourist sites on two wheels!
Whether with family, friends or as a couple, enjoy some relaxing times in the great outdoors in a remarkable setting.
Stop off in a “Bikes welcome” establishment: you will not be disappointed by the welcome!
A weekend by bike in Brabant Hesbaye
This 117km circuit takes you around the Hesbaye countryside where you will see many relics from the Middle Ages: square farms and castle farms, Roman churches and the land of former abbeys… Brabant Hesbaye takes you on a journey back in time for your cycling weekend! The idea of this route is to show you what Brabant Hesbaye has to offer: its landscapes, heritage, museums... and also its hospitality! This loop has been designed to take 2 or 3 days so you can make the most of the many sites to discover. www.destinationbw.be/en/trips/bike/cycling-in-the-countryside/ Prepare well for your trip: CHOOSE YOUR STARTING POINT and begin your ride in the municipality of your choice. Below you will find a list of long-stay car parks. Although this route is relatively easy, be prepared for some cobblestones. The cobblestones are particularly found in the municipality of Beauvechain, which is why an ALTERNATIVE ROUTE is offered. However, we recommend that you follow the main route to visit the Notre-Dame de Bon Secours chapel. There you can admire the work of Max van der Linden, a famous ceramic artist from the region. Some sections of the route are a bit narrow for a BICYCLE TRAILER. This is true in Orp-le-Petit and Jandrain-Jandrenouille where two ALTERNATIVE ROUTES are suggested. Thanks to the ‘points of interest’ network (see box) and the two RAVeL lines that cross Brabant Hesbaye, it is POSSIBLE TO SHORTEN this trip in different places. Car parks: P1 JODOIGNE: Pré Pastur car park Avenue des Déportés, 1370 Jodoigne P2 HÉLÉCINE: Car park of the Provincial Estate Rue Armand Dewolf, 1357 Hélécine P3 ORP-JAUCHE: Place Communale, 1350 Orp-Jauche Rue J.Hagnoul. P4 RAMILLIES: Place de la Gare, 1367 Ramillies P5 PERWEZ: Sports complex car park Rue des Marronniers 17, 1360 Perwez P6 INCOURT: Espace Corlier car park Chemin de la Carrière aux Pavés, 1315 Opprebais P7 BEAUVECHAIN : Place communale, 1320 Beauvechain
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Points of interest
The Conciergerie at the Manoir de Thorembais is a guest house set in a 19th-century building surrounded by trees, tastefully furnished in 2013 to offer maximum comfort.
The restaurant/brasserie La Ligne 147 is located in the now fully restored former train station in Autre-Eglise. This place also charms through its cuisine, with excellent quality and expertise. This is thanks to experience going back generations. Coming from a family of butchers and caterers, we favour local supply chains and authentic cuisine.The reception room can accommodate up to 60 people for dinner or up to 80 people for a cocktail event.
Charming, calm split-level guest house sharing a wall with the owner. Direct access to a large garden.
A protected site on Wallonia’s exceptional heritage list, you cannot miss the impressive site of the old La Ramée Abbey. It is remarkably well preserved and serves as a reminder of the region’s farming architecture. Its spectacular barn (from 1722) is believed to be the biggest in the country! The exceptional size of this building, designed to store harvests, shows the extent of the land belonging to the ecclesiastical institution.La Ramée Abbey is today used to host events, receptions and seminars.It also has a fruiticum where more than 350 species of endangered plants are protected.The property is privately owned.
Belgium’s tallest Gallo-Roman tumulus has had protected heritage status since 1971. It stands at 15 metres tall with a diameter of 52 metres and dates back to the 2nd century. It was probably the tomb of a rich landowner and was placed along an important Roman road. In the past, communal festivals would have been celebrated on the peak and some events still take place today at its foot. For example, Gallo-Roman Days are held there at the end of May and feature many activities including a gladiator combat performance.
At the restaurant/oyster seller Chez Louis, you can enjoy oysters, shellfish, crab, seafood platters...This is local cuisine made with quality produce, genuine and traditional cuisine.The kitchen is open to the room, in good weather up to 75 diners can sit out on the flowery terrace, it is accessible for those with reduced mobility, there is a children’s menu, oysters to take away, a lunch menu from Tuesday to Friday, it is dog friendly and has a large car park.
This large white brick mill stands on the edge of Opprebais.Formerly made from wood, it was rebuilt in brick by the Gustot brothers, hence its name.This recently restored site is sometimes rented to the municipality for a day.
The stone extracted from here between 1754 and 1975 was quartzite. This is a very hard stone that was used well before the current quarry and can be seen in the municipality’s impressive sites, both natural and man-made. The quarry played a major role in the region’s economy during the industrial period with agriculture and particularly cultivation of flax. It was opened after the Namur-Louvain road was constructed. Today it has a wonderful landscape with an impressive lake from an underground water source, surrounded by rocky ground and plants. The nature walk takes you around it so you can learn about all the different aspects. The Nature House footbridge overlooks the quarry and gives a great view over the whole site. However, the water cannot be accessed and the site is surrounded by a fence. Swimming is not permitted.
Gala, Pinova, Reinettes and Jonagold will delight apple lovers, while pear fans will relish Conference and Doyénée du Comice. Whether you prefer to eat them fresh or enjoy sipping their juice, you will find apples and pears here just for you!
Mélin is one of Wallonia’s most beautiful villages. It is known for its Gobertange white stone from a local quarry. Due to its beauty and quality this material has been used by many architects to build grandiose monuments such as the Grand Place and the Hôtel de Ville in Brussels.
The Mia BW, Walloon Brabant’s archaeological museum in the Castle of Hélécine, takes children back in time to learn about archaeology while having fun.With their school or on summer courses, they will learn about the everyday lives of reindeer hunters or nomadic hunter-gatherers, the main tools, and how to light a fire using flint and marcasite, hunt a mammoth or reindeer or paint on the walls of the Folx-les-Caves grottoes.
The current Saint Médard’s church in Jodoigne, dating from the 13th century, is a listed building and justifiably recognised as a jewel of Walloon Brabant. This large Roman and Gothic style building, listed as exceptional heritage of Wallonia, was restored to its original splendour in the 1970s.This church was built near the former church, which was bequeathed to the Order of the Hospital in 1180 by Gilles de Duras, and close to a former Gallic religious site.As soon as you enter, the hot and white Gobertange limestone gives the building its glow. From the wide transept, the eye is drawn to the semi-circular apse and simple polychrome statues, including one of the patron saint, Médard, an evangelist bishop born in 457, who had a reputation as a ‘rain maker’. If you stare at the statue of the saint you get the impression that he is smiling at you.
Discover Brabant Hesbaye in a different way, with the Greeters!But who are the “Greeters”? These are local citizens who volunteer to greet visitors and take them on walks to learn about customs, lifestyle and culture in the villages and towns of their region. They will help you discover all the secrets of Brabant Hesbaye! Don’t hesitate to book a walk with the Greeters! Their walks last 2-3 hours and are personalised according to your interests. They therefore offer a customised visit in a friendly setting!
In the historical centre of Jodoigne, a urban guest house in a lovingly decorated 19th century townhouse (in Gobertange stone). Many activities available.
Enjoy a wonderful trip to the Walloon Brabant countryside, staying at “La Miellerie”. This furnished accommodation, located in Huppaye in the municipality of Ramillies, has bicycles that you can borrow, a barbecue and a terrace: all the comforts for an excellent stay!
There are many facets to the Castle of Helecine where various activities are organized for your pleasure throughout the season.Perfectly suited to families, school groups and "green" leisure lovers, this 28 hectare walking and cycling park includes a nature reserve, playgrounds, a giant sundial, a 19th-century icehouse and three fishing ponds. You can also play mini-golf and pétanque.Discover an 18th century neoclassical Castle used today as a conference centre, with its many meeting rooms, ceremonial halls and the magnificent dome roof over the reception room.
Go on a treasure hunt and (re)discover Hélécine! Are you familiar with Totemus? This is the trendy new app, for discovering a region and its heritage in a fun way!In Hélécine, Totemus offers a 6km treasure hunt in the footsteps of the forgotten castle...The game is only available in French and Dutch.
In the middle of the Château d'Hélécine estate you will find the Pop Up Bar with its wonderful terrace. Your children will love the playground and bouncy castles.
Pastur Castle also goes by another name: Castle of the Count.This is because the castle was the residence of the Counts of Duras from the 11th century. At the time it was just a small fortification set on a rock flanked by the Gette river and Saint Jean stream.This location provided excellent natural defences.In the 15th century the castle had already become a kind of seigneurial farmhouse and underwent several developments during the early decades of the 16th century. In 1730 the count of Romrée commissioned transformations that gave the castle its current classical style. Stables were built (the current Barouche Room) with the walls and impressive double ogival windows, dating back to the Gothic era and lasting to this day, bearing testament to the building’s history.The castle has been listed as a historic monument since 1971 and takes its name from the notary Philippe Pastur who was the owner in the 19th century.For a time the castle was used as boarding for the school of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the management of a school. Today it houses Jodoigne town hall as well as the public library and toy library.
You do not yet know the Armand Pellegrin Museum, the museum of pedagogy? Push the doors of this former municipal school and go to meet teaching practices from the past... Immerse yourself in the school atmosphere of the past, but also in the countless memories of an absolutely fascinating time in the entity of Hélécine.The museum's collections began with Armand Pellegrin, the boys' teacher at Opheylissem school. He created an educational corner in his class to bear witness to Belgium's 100 years of existence. This exhibition was so successful that he decided to turn it into a museum… Over the years, the collections have only grown. From the start, Armand Pellegrin was helped by a little student, Maurice Dewolf, who would become the museum's curator.The museum recently reinvented itself. Check out the new classroom space, showcases and exhibits, temporary exhibition hall and local artists' showroom. At the end of your visit, you can relax under the covered terrace with a drink. Taste one of the museum's two new beers: Pellegrin and Dewolf, both brewed at the Jandrain-Jandrenouille brewery.The museum is on the left of the road, 400 meters after the Château d'Hélécine.You can also rent a space in the museum to host events. This includes a fully equipped cafeteria, a covered terrace, an outdoor space with a tent and a large garden. This space is available all week except Sunday mornings and you can contact the museum about renting spaces.
Saints Martin and Adèle church is impressive due to its huge size and the brightness of the Orp stone. It is listed among ‘Walloon Brabant’s Roman heritage’. Along with the Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude in Nivelles and Bertem church, it is one of the most representative and comprehensive sanctuaries of Roman art in Brabant. It was actually the abbess Gertrude of Nivelles who sent Adèle to set up a monastery in Orp.
The city of Orp-Jauche has wonderful archaeological and architectural sites as well as a rural landscape which is unmissable for nature lovers.
Opened in April 1959 in memory of the 1940 French Cavalry Corps, this museum treats visitors to a plethora of rare documents, postcards, photos, equipment, weaponry and ammunition from all of the French regiments that took part in the battles of May 1940. Under the orders of General Blanchard, General Prioux's Cavalry Corps was in charge of preventing the progression of German troops and making contact with the frontline defence position before the morning of May 14th. This event marked WWII's first battle of armoured tanks.