Walks & Hikes

At the heart of bucolic industrial heritage

At the heart of bucolic industrial heritage


It is like a real impressionist painting along the beautiful, plunging Sambre valley, home to majestic swans, geese and ducks and featuring manual locks, typical taverns and the magnificent ruins of Aulne abbey. Along this node way, cross through Hourpes with its astonishing château and labourers’ homes from the 17th century metallurgical industry. Semi-rural landscapes in Anderlues, as well as Fontaine-l’Evêque, proudly show the traces of our prosperous mining past.  


Visit the ruins of the Cistercian Aulne Abbey; drink a beer from the abbey in a spot near Aulne Abbey; play a game of mini-golf on the terraces of Aulne Abbey; sail down the Sambre river at Cafe Leblon, near Aulne Abbey; taste organic produce from Maustitchi farm in Leernes.



The Sambre valley and the manual locks found there; the hamlet of Hourpes, located in Thuin; the survey marker on the boundary of Lobbes and Anderlues; the headframe in Anderlues; Saint-Martin church in Leernes;

the memorial monument for WWI fighters found on the plateau de l’Espinette.

Walk info

Nodal points route

  • 36
  • 37
  • 7
  • 4
  • 33
  • 32
  • 34
  • 35

Bicycle tourism

Length of route 25.2km

Difficulty : Easy

Signage :

Services & facilities

  • Picnic area
  • Parking