On RAVeL Sambre

From Charleroi, the industrial sites on the edge of RAVeL Sambre quickly give way to rural landscapes. The Sambre becomes wilder, the fauna and the flora are varied. Your ride is cadenced by a series of picturesque locks, calibrated to the size of the old barges that were once built in various shipyards in the area.

The omnipresence of recreational boats shows that Thuin, famous for its hanging gardens, was and still remains a hotspot for canal transport.

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Route:

From the start in Quai de Flandre facing Charleroi station, you follow RAVeL Sambre throughout this stage. Be careful, in Charleroi, almost from your departure, you must go directly from the left bank to the right bank of the Sambre by taking the Olof Palme bridge. You then stay on the right bank until the Marchienne-au-Pont bridge. Use this bridge to cross the Sambre again and continue to Thuin 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 during the two riverbank changes on the Olof Palme bridge in Charleroi and on the Marchienne-au-Pont bridge.

Connections:

  • From Charleroi, shared route with the W6 regional route.
  • In Marchienne-au-Pont, a connecting route signposted via the centre of Monceau-sur-Sambre allows you to reach RAVeL Canal Charleroi-Brussels (towards La Louvière and Nivelles) and RAVeL Line 119 (La Houillère), towards Namur, Anhée and Dinant), which make up the W4 regional route.

Practical information:

Starting point:

Quai de Flandre 6000 Charleroi

Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 155000 m - Y: 121690 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°24'21.90"N -Longitude: 4°26'20.69"E

Access by Train: Charleroi-South SNCB Station

Guides/maps:

  • RAVeL map of the Hainaut province published by the SPW. This map, 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
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 Thuin
6530 Thuin
Gare de Charleroi
Rue de Brabant, 6000 Charleroi

Tourism office

Office du Tourisme de Thuin
 
Place du Chapitre 6530 Thuin
+32(0)71 59 54 54
http://www.thuin.be/
thuin@thuintourisme.be
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

Attractions

Culture
Thuin Belfry
Thuin Belfry

Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Everything can be visited with an opportunity to discover the mechanism of the clock, the carillon and the bells.

Place du Chapitre 3 6530 Thuin
+32(0) 71 55 49 18
https://beffroidethuin.be/fr
thuin@thuintourisme.be
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
Offers
Sozyone©Charleroi Tourisme Gina Santin Min
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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