Starting from Wavre, the capital of Walloon Brabant, this stage takes you along the small rural roads of the Hesbaye plateau. Here you are in the breadbasket of this beautiful region, alternating between opulent fields of wheat and beetroot. You will discover vast areas of open countryside dotted with quiet villages and imposing farms that radiate character.

Be sure to make a symbolic halt in the geographic centre of Belgium, which is just a few steps away from your route: place du Tram in the village of Nil-Saint-Vincent (commune of Walhain).

Having wound your way through fields stretching as far as the eye can see, you join the Line 142 RAVeL in Daussoulx. This leads you along a gentle slope to Namur, the capital of Wallonia. The city of Namur, the gateway to the Ardennes, is a multi-faceted place. From the Citadel, overlooking the confluence of the Sambre and the Meuse, masterpiece of Vauban, the great military architect of Louis XIV, to its historic centre, the art of good living is everywhere.

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The route

Between Wavre and Daussoulx, the route runs along country lanes and mainly quiet roads. Between Wavre and the car-sharing car park in Thorembais/Grand-Leez, the stage is not signposted/waymarked. Between the car-sharing car park in Thorembais/Grand-Leez and Daussoulx, full directional signs with EV5 identification panels are in place. Click here for a detailed description.
Between Daussoulx and Namur, you follow the Line 142 RAVeL which has full directional signs including panels identifying the EV5. Just before the end of Line 142 in Namur, having gone under a road bridge, you leave the RAVeL and follow a short greenway on the right between fences along the railway line. You go through the passage under the railway on your left. When you come out of the little tunnel, you follow the short ramp opposite you and the little road leading you to the RAVeL along the edge of the Sambre. After 1.4 km, turn left towards place Maurice Servais and the centre of Namur.

Surface: Smooth (asphalt or concrete)

Height difference: Imperceptible incline or flat.

Signs: Full directional signs with EV5 identification panels are in place.

Safety, precautions: This stage consists mainly of stretches along quiet country roads but caution is nevertheless required. The dangerous crossings are indicated by a red triangle in the detailed description.

Connections:

  • In Wavre: section shared with the W2 regional route between the start and the crossing with the N268 (chaussée de Louvain). At this point, you can turn onto the W2 route towards Jodoigne.
  • At the old Grand–Leez railway station, the route crosses the Line 147 RAVeL which takes you to Gembloux on one side and Perwez and Landen on the other.
  • From Daussoulx to Namur along the Line 142 RAVeL, the stage is shared with the W5 regional route. In Daussoulx, you can turn onto the W5 route towards Eghezée, Ramillies and Jodoigne.
  • Upon arriving in Namur, Quai de l’Écluse, connection with the EV3 international route and the W6 regional route. Possibility of turning west in the direction of Charleroi.

Practical information

Start:

  • Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Wavre, intersection of rue de Nivelles and rue du Chemin de Fer.
  • Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 166950 m - Y : 156220 m
  • GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°42'58.63" N - Longitude: 4°36'31.55" E
  • Access by train: Wavre Belgian railway station. To reach the starting point from the railway station: with the station behind you in place Henri Berger, turn left into rue des Volontaires for about a hundred metres then right into rue du Chemin de Fer.
  • Access by car: free parking in avenue des Mésanges. The start is 300 metres away, turning left at the level crossing and taking rue du Chemin de Fer.
  • Rest area: At the entrance to Namur.

Guides/maps:

  • RAVeL maps of the Provinces of Walloon Brabant and Namur published by the SPW. These maps, called ‘More RAVeL, more pleasure’, can be ordered free of charge by clicking here.


Practical Info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Pro Velo Namur
  Maintenance
Pro Velo Ottignies
Bike rental     Maintenance
Place de la Gare 2, 1340 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve (Ottignies)
+32 (0)84 31 32 41
www.provelo.org
brabantwallon@provelo.org
Pro Velo Gembloux
Bike rental     Maintenance
Avenue de la Station 1, 5030 Gembloux
+32 (0)81 98 03 05
www.provelo.org
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ETS THEYS
  Maintenance
Place du Sablon 7, 1495 Mont-Saint-Guibert
+3287542367
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Train station

Gare de Namur
Place de la Station, 1 5000 Namur
Gare de Wavre
Place Henri Berger 1, 1300 Wavre
Gare d'Ottignies
Avenue des combattants, 1340 Ottignies
Gare de Gembloux
Avenue de la Station, 5030 Gembloux

Tourism office

Office du Tourisme de Namur - Centre Info gare
 
Place de la Station, 5000 Namur
+3281246449
http://www.namurtourisme.be
info@namurtourisme.be
Office du Tourisme de Namur
 
Hôtel de Ville, 5000 Namur
+3281246449
http://www.namurtourisme.be
info@paysdenamur.be
Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Villers
 
Rue de l’Abbaye 55, 1495 Villers-la-Ville
+32 (0)71 880 990
www.paysdevillers-tourisme.be
info@paysdevillers-tourisme.be
Maison du Tourisme Sambre-Orneau
 
Rue Sigebert 3, 5030 Gembloux
+32 (0) 81 62 69 66
Maison du Tourisme Sambre-Orneau
info@sambre-orneau.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
Culture
Musée Félicien Rops
Musée Félicien Rops
Rue Fumal 12, 5000 Namur
Culture
Musée de la Fraise
Musée de la Fraise
Chaussée de Dinant 1037, 5100 Wépion
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
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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
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
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

Accomodation

Ferme de l'Hosté
Drève de l'Hostellerie, 1300 Wavre
+3210239310
https://www.fermedelhoste.com
ostferme@gmail.com
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