Walks & Hikes

Big Crossing in the Pays de Chimay Forest – Sivry - Virelles

Big Crossing in the Pays de Chimay Forest – Sivry - Virelles


The second starting point for the great crossing, Sivry is an ideal place for nature tourism, thanks to its wooded landscapes. The itinerary for the great crossing assumes a rustic element with its scrub-like hedges. You will follow a short stretch of the Véloroute des lacs, a bike path that runs between the Eau d'Heure lakes and the lakes in Val Joly in France to reach Bois de Bruyère. You will eventually pass through the villages of Sautin and Rance, before reaching the former train station in Froidchapelle. This relaxed route soon bypasses the Eau d’Eppe and begins to pass through Bois Robert. The great crossing runs across the Fagne de Chimay, a vast schist depression with poor-quality soil, for a few kilometres. Upon reaching the village centre in Virelles, you will join the Virelles-Nismes section of the great crossing. Two camp sites are located in this section: the Château Doyen camp site and the Bois de Hernoy camp site.

Walk info

On foot

Length of route 34.79km

Walk duration 7h30

Difficulty : Medium

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