On RAVeL Sambre

On leaving Namur, this stage’s route with dedicated pathways passes by a variety of spectacular landscapes. You follow the RAVeL Sambre, at the calm pace of the meandering river. Locks and bridges follow one another in the middle of nature.

The RAVeL will make you discover a transitional landscape, at times rustic, like near Floreffe Abbey, at times post-industrial when you cross "la Basse-Sambre" and enter the urban area of Charleroi. When you arrive, do not forget to visit the site of Bois du Cazier, a symbol of the past, both rich and painful, mining activities in the region.

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Route:

From the start in Namur, you follow RAVeL Sambre throughout this stage. You are first on the left bank up to the Salzinnes lock on leaving Namur. Then you go on the right bank until the Tamines Bridge. Use this bridge to cross the Sambre again and continue to Charleroi on the left bank.

Surfacing: smooth, mainly asphalt.

Incline: no slope.

Signposting: the entire stage has specific signposting "EV3 - RAVeL Sambre".

Safety, precautions: watch out for car traffic when changing banks on the Tamines Bridge.

Connections:

  • From Namur, shared route with the W6 regional route.
  • At the starting point on the Sambre embankment in Namur, connection with the routes Eurovelo 5 (EV5) and W5 (From one valley to the other): Either in the direction of Wavre and Jodoigne continuing straight on RAVeL Sambre. Or in the direction of Dinant if you go right towards the centre of Namur and then go up the course of the Meuse on the RAVeL.
  • Between Tamines and Châtelet, the route is shared with the W4 regional route. In Tamines, you can join RAVeL Line 150 towards Fosses-la-Ville, Anhée and Dinant via a connection link of a few kilometres on public roads with moderate, but fast traffic. In Châtelet, you can fork towards RAVeL Line 119 (La Houillère) towards La Louvière and Nivelles.

Practical information:

Starting point:

Junction at the Sambre Embankment and the narrow path overlooking Place Maurice Servais and Rue des Brasseurs in Namur

Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 185244 m - Y: 127993 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°27'42.15"N - Longitude: 4°51'54.45"E

Access by Train: Namur SNCB Station

Car parking available.

Guides/maps:

  • RAVeL maps of the Namur and Hainaut province published by the SPW. These maps, called "More RAVeL, more fun", can be ordered for free by clicking here.

Practical info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Point vélo Charleroi
Bike rental     Maintenance
Square des martyrs du 18 août - Gare du Sud 6000 Charleroi
0496249397
https://www.fietsenwerk.be/fr/charleroi-690.htm
charleroisud.velo@gmail.com
Pro Velo Namur
  Maintenance
Place de la Station 1 5000 Namur
+32 81 81 38 48
https://www.provelo.org/fr/implantation/namur
namur@provelo.org
Cycles Gilkinet
Bike rental     Maintenance
Rue du Marché 5 4020 Liège
04 369 28 41
http://www.cycles-gilkinet.be/
cycles.gilkinet@live.be

Train station

Gare de Tamines
5060 Sambreville
Gare de Charleroi
Rue de Brabant, 6000 Charleroi
Gare de Namur
Place de la Station, 1 5000 Namur

Tourism office

Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Charleroi
   
Place Charles II 20 6000 Charleroi
+32(0)71 86 14 14
https://www.paysdecharleroi.be/
maison.tourisme@charleroi.be
Office du Tourisme de Floreffe
 
9 rue Emile Romedenne 5150 Floreffe
+32(0)81 44 71 19
http://www.visitfloreffe.be/
info@visitfloreffe.be
Maison du Tourisme Vallée de la Meuse Namur Dinant
Bike rental      
Avenue colonel cadoux, 8 - 5500 Dinant/ Place de la Station – 5000 Namur
+32(0)81/24.64.49/+32(0)82/22.28.70
www.valleedelameuse-tourisme.be
info@mtnamurdinant.be

Attractions

Les Jardins d’Annevoie
Nature
Rue des Jardins 37, 5537 Annevoie
+32(0)82/67.97.97
www.annevoie.be
info@annevoie.be
Musée des arts anciens
Culture
Hôtel de Gaiffier d’Hestroy Rue de fer 24, 5000 Namur
+32(0)81/77.67.54
www.museedesartanciens.be
musee.arts.anciens@province.namur.be
Culture
Musée Félicien Rops
Musée Félicien Rops
Rue Fumal 12, 5000 Namur
+32(0)81/77.67.55
www.museerops.be
info@museerops.be
Culture
Musée de la Fraise
Musée de la Fraise
Chaussée de Dinant 1037, 5100 Wépion
+32(0)81/46.20.07
www.museedelafraise.eu
info@museedelafraise.eu
Culture
Parfumerie Guy Delforge
Parfumerie Guy Delforge

This creation centre, unrivalled in Northern Europe, explains the different phases in the creation of a perfume.

The perfumes come to life and mature in the entrails of the Citadel, in a blockhouse of the era of Charles V! This “sound, light and perfume” show is so enchanting that it makes you forget the outside world.

Route Merveilleuse 60 5000 Namur
+32 (0)81 22 12 19
https://www.delforge.com/
info@delforge.com
Culture
Musée BPS22
Musée BPS22
Boulevard Solvay 22 6000 Charleroi
+32(0) 71 27 29 71
http://www.bps22.be/
Culture
Charleroi Belfry
Charleroi Belfry

The belfry is part of the Charleroi City Hall, designed by architect Joseph André in 1936. A perfect combination of classicism and art deco in architecture, made of bricks and blue and white stone, the tower was then crowned with a small bronze bell tower.
This building is listed by UNESCO.

Culture
Bois de Cazier Mine
Bois de Cazier Mine

Listed by UNESCO as one of the major mining sites in Wallonia, the Bois du Cazier is a particularly touching memorial. The site, closed in 1967, was left abandoned for years before being revalorised thank to European funding. It opened to the public in 2002 as a touristic attraction.

Rue du Cazier 80 6001 Charleroi
+32(0)71 88 08 56
http://www.leboisducazier.be/
info@leboisducazier.be
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La Capitainerie
La Capitainerie

Have a drink on the floating terrace in a friendly, retro-chic ambiance. Stand Up Paddleboard, Blob Jump, Catamosans (boats without permit, from 8 to 12 seats)…

Boulevard de la Meuse 38 5100 Jambes
+32 (0)476 23 31 42
http://www.lacapitainerie.be/
info@lacapitainerie.be
Culture
Namur Citadel
Namur Citadel

Built on an impressive rocky spur, this exceptional heritage site has conserved traces of each period of its 2000-year-old history. Once a residence for the Counts of Namur in the Middle Ages, then transformed into a holiday home by King Leopold II, it is now a sought-out location for events, guided visits and walks in a verdant surrounding with spectacular views over the city.

Route Merveilleuse 64 5000 Namur
+32(0)81.24.73.70
https://www.citadelle.namur.be/
Culture
Belfry of Namur
Belfry of Namur


In the 14th century, the Belfry of Namur was one the collegiate church's
towers. A fire destroyed it in 1745, and the Tour Saint-Jacques,
originally built as part of the city wall in 1388, was chosen as the new belfry. It is the
oldest of the three towers of the medieval fortifications.
20 metres high, the Tour Saint-Jacques is listed by UNESCO as a
stunning example of the 14th century military architecture.

Rue du Beffroi 5000 Namur
+32 81 24 64 44

Gastronomy

L'Empreinte Belge
Rue des Carmes 69 - 5000 Namur
+32(0)474/06.38.95
empreinte.belge@gmail.com
empreinte.belge@gmail.com
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Accomodation

The Royal Snail Hotel
Avenue de la Plante 23 5000 Namur, Belgique
+3281570023
http://www.theroyalsnail.com
info@theroyalsnail.com
Auberge de Jeunesse de Namur
Avenue Félicien Rops 8, 5000 Namur.
081 22 36 88
https://www.lesaubergesdejeunesse.be/namur
namur@lesaubergesdejeunesse.be
Offers
Bois Du Cazierccharleroi Communication Luc Denruyter Min
Available on EuroVelo 3 - Section 3 Section 4 Section 5

Belgium UNESCO sites

  • Duration 3 nights/4 days
  • 161 km
  • Duration Medium
  • Duration Mid april - Mid october

Enjoy a 4-day trip around the region’s UNESCO and heritage sites.

Follow the EuroVelo 3 and the banks of the rivers Meuse and Sambre. With this route you will visit industrial sites, ancient forts, bell towers and citadels. And why not relax at night in a restaurant near the river?

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Available on EuroVelo 3 - Section 3 Section 4 Section 5

Along the river

  • Duration 2 nights/3 days
  • 119 km
  • Family Family friendly
  • Duration Easy
  • Duration All year

Enjoy a 3-day trip in Wallonia along the rivers Meuse and Sambre, stopping off at delicious restaurants on the banks. And, for a fun break, why not hire a paddle-board for an hour? In addition, you will discover the cities of Liège, Namur and Charleroi, with their forts and bell towers.

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Available on EuroVelo 3 - Section 5 Section 6

Charleroi' Street Art

  • Duration 1 day
  • 16,7 km
  • Family Family friendly
  • Duration Easy
  • Duration All year

Enjoy a one-day visit to Charleroi to discover the city’s art museum and mural paintings in and around the city. On this tour you’ll ride around Charleroi centre to view the city’s ‘Asphalte’ and ‘Urban Dream’ projects and admire more than 10 monumental mural works painted by renowned street artists.

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