Walking tours

Discover a selection of walks to enjoy in Walloon Brabant here.

Que vous soyez amateur ou randonneur confirmé, le Brabant wallon vous propose une multitude de balades.

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“The Baroness” in the Bois des Rêves

On this 2.6km walk, you will discover the various woodland areas of the Bois des rêves, including different variants of beech wood on the “summits” and sections of alluvial woodland below.
The name of this trail refers to the history of the Parc de l’Étoile Château, which once overlooked the Bois des Rêves. Also known as the “château branlant” (rickety château), it was built by Baroness Louise de Marcq de Tiège and her husband Alphonse de Thomaz de Bossierre, burgomaster of Ottignies, in the Parc de l’Étoile in 1912. The château is now gone, but the name of this trail reminds us of its history.
The walk follows the Chavée de la Sablière, a sunken lane that slopes upwards (in particular, one 340m stretch climbs 29m), in a beech wood that also contains a few pedunculate oaks and sycamore maples. The roots of some of the oaks are holding up the slopes of these paths. It’s often a beautiful place to take photographs. In the past, operators from the Franquenies brickworks would take their raw material from the sand quarry using wheelbarrows and horses.
The walk continues along the Chemin des Pouillot Siffleurs (Wood Warbler Way), so keep an eye out for birds. The wood warbler is the largest of the warblers. You can identify it by its bright yellow eyebrow stripe.
You will then take the Chemin du Lac, which sometimes follows route 55 of the nodal point network (Louvain-la-Neuve - Ottignies) or runs alongside the Ry Angon and Malaise streams. On your way back down, look to your left and you will see the Crahaux spring, from which locals used to draw water. The presence of toads and medicinal plants (mint, sedge, elder) and the strange atmosphere in this place gave rise to a legend about witches, “Li Vallaye des Crawaux”. While you’re there, discover a Walloon phrase that was repeated several times.
Before returning towards the Bois des Rêves pond you will pass close to the dog area. This fenced area is open every day, allowing dogs to be let off the leash. All dogs are welcome, provided they are friendly, up to date with their vaccinations and micro-chipped. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs.
This walking route is marked (red). It has a climb of 39 metres and a descent of 52 metres. The highest point is at 125 metres. The IBP index for walking this route is 15. The IBP index for running this route is 22.
The IBP index is an automatic system for assessing the difficulty of a route for mountain biking, road biking, hiking or running. This index is very useful for finding out and comparing the difficulty of different trails.
Further information on the IBP index can be found here: www.ibpindex.com/index.php/en/
The Bois des Rêves is accessible for people with reduced mobility, but the walk is difficult at points so they must be accompanied. The trails are sandy and gravelled, and certain weather conditions may cause them to become muddy or dusty.
The Bois des Rêves also offers a playground, a fishing pond and a brasserie (depending on the current opening times). Wooden statues by woodcarver Dominique Gillis can be found at various points around the Bois des Rêves. Other activities are organised by the Water and Fountain Museum (Musée de l’eau et de la fontaine: +32 (0)470 67 20 55). The Bois des Rêves is also home to the Birds Bay centre (wild animal hospital: +32 (0)495 31 14 21).

2.7 km
Easy
1 Allée du Bois des Rêves 1340 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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“The Wavre Valley”

This 3km walk will allow you to discover the 67 hectares of the Bois des rêves. You will go along the “Basse aux Biches” (which was once a pond and which gave rise to a legend related by Adolphe Mortier).
You will explore various very sandy paths, including that of the Wavre Valley. It takes you to the highest point on the estate (132 metres), with a 400-metre section that climbs 37 metres. It was the path taken by labourers of the Court-Saint-Étienne metal works on their way back to Wavre’s high ground, via Bauloy and Lauzelle wood (Bois de Lauzelle). This very old trail goes through a region where Neolithic items have been found.
In the Chavée des Roitelets, keep your eye out for goldcrests and common firecrests. You will then take the Chemin du Lac, which sometimes follows route 55 of the nodal point network (Louvain-la-Neuve - Ottignies) or runs alongside the Ry Angon and Malaise streams.
The Ry Angon starts in Mont-Saint-Guibert, at the Profondval farm. This stream runs through the hamlet of Ruchaux and the Bois des Rêves, where it receives water from the Malaise before flowing into the Dyle near the station in Mousty.
Before returning towards the Bois des Rêves pond you will pass close to the dog area. This fenced area is open every day, allowing dogs to be let off the leash. All dogs are welcome, provided they are friendly, up to date with their vaccinations and micro-chipped. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs.
This walking route is marked (green). It has a climb of 46 metres and a descent of 59 metres. The IBP index for walking this route is 16. The IBP index for running this route is 26.
The IBP index is an automatic system for assessing the difficulty of a route for mountain biking, road biking, hiking or running. This index is very useful for finding out and comparing the difficulty of different trails. Further information on the IBP index can be found here: www.ibpindex.com/index.php/en/
The Bois des Rêves is accessible for people with reduced mobility, but the walk is difficult at points so they must be accompanied. The trails are sandy and gravelled, and certain weather conditions may cause them to become muddy or dusty.
The Bois des Rêves also offers a playground, a fishing pond and a brasserie (depending on the current opening times). Wooden statues by woodcarver Dominique Gillis can be found at various points around the Bois des Rêves. Other activities are organised by the Water and Fountain Museum (Musée de l’eau et de la fontaine: +32 (0)470 67 20 55). The Bois des Rêves is also home to the Birds Bay centre (wild animal hospital: +32 (0)495 31 14 21).

3 km
Easy
1 Allée du Bois des Rêves 1340 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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The centre and monuments of Court-Saint-Etienne

Discover the centre and monuments of Court-Saint-Etienne on this 9km walk.
Be careful if you are with children as parts of this walk are along busy roads!

8.5 km
3h
Medium
7 Rue du Werchai 1490 Court-St.-Étienne
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Au fil de l'eau à Court-Saint-Etienne

5.2 km
1 Rue Emile Henricot 1490 Court-Saint-Etienne
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Au fil de l'Orne à Mont-Saint-Guibert

7 km
16 Rue de la Station 1435 Mont-Saint-Guibert
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Autour de l'abbaye d'Aywiers à Lasne

7.5 km
Place de Renival 1380 Lasne
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -