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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Balade de La Baronne au 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
Medium
1 Allée du Bois des Rêves 1340 Ottignies
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Balade de la Vallée de Wavre au Bois des Rêves

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
Medium
1 Allée du Bois des Rêves 1340 Ottignies
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Balade du Bois des rêves au Lac de Louvain-la-Neuve

6.9 km
Medium
1 Allée du Bois des Rêves 1340 Ottignies
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Balade Natura 2000 au Bois des Rêves

2.5 km
Medium
1 Rue du Bois des Rêves 1490 Court-Saint-Etienne
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- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Louvain-la-Neuve : Between nature and culture

9.3 km
Easy
1348 Place de l'Université 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Autour de l'abbaye d'Aywiers à Lasne

11 km
Place de Renival 1380 Lasne
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- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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La promenade du Centre-Ville de Wavre

Explore Wavre city centre on this 2km walk that passes by the best known places in the city!

1.8 km
Easy
41 Rue du Béguinage 1300 Wavre
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Wavre : The city is a village

8.3 km
Easy
31 Rue Haute 1300 Wavre
- 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

Visit Mont-Saint-Guibert by taking the footpaths that run alongside the Orne. Discover the municipality’s heritage on this walk, such as Alvaux Tower and the Al Poudre Mill!

15 km
Medium
121 Rue des Tilleuls 1435 Mont-Saint-Guibert
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Retour à la Belle Epoque à Genval

3.9 km
Easy
40 Rue de la Station 1332 Genval
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Bousval : Walk of the 'Try au Chêne'

14 km
Easy
5 Place Communale 1470 Genappe
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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La Hulpe : Discovery of the Solvay Regional Domain

10 km
Easy
111 Place Alphonse Favresse 1310 La Hulpe
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Promenade des perspectives

5.3 km
Medium
111 Chaussée de Bruxelles 1310 La Hulpe
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Promenons-nous dans les bois de Villers-la-Ville !

Enjoy a walk in the woods of Villers-la-Ville.

Watch out though as the forest paths are sometimes sloped, steep and narrow!

This walk is not suitable for inexperienced walkers and is not pushchair or wheelchair friendly.

Also be careful in the woods, there are many private paths, make sure you stay on the public footpaths! If you are with children, be aware that some sections may be dangerous!

6.4 km
1h 45m
Medium
55 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Marbais
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Au cœur de Villers-la-Ville

We can admire Villers-la-Ville from the top of the slopes by the Thyle river on this walk that takes around 2 hours. You will walk through woods and fields, mainly on tracks and footpaths.

6.5 km
1h 30m
Medium
55 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Marbais
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Villers-la-Ville: Between nature and heritage

11 km
Medium
53 Rue de l'Abbaye 1495 Villers-la-Ville
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- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Waterloo 1815

See the sites of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo by bike or on foot.

Come and discover the different sites related to this famous battle, on a route of just over 14km! This walk takes you through fields to discover various monuments such as the Lion’s Mound, La Haye Sainte farmhouse, Victor Hugo’s Column and Gordon’s Monument!

15 km
3h
Medium
611 Chaussée de Charleroi 1410 Waterloo
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -
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Chaumont-Gistoux : In the traces of the past

4.8 km
Easy
8 Avenue du Ronvau 1325 Chaumont-Gistoux
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- Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon -