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De Charleroi à Thuin (stage 6)

On the Sambre RAVeL

Length (in km)
21 km

The stage starts not far from Thuin railway station, on the RAVeL along the left bank of the Sambre. Here you can discover much of the history of riverboats and reach Erquelinnes via the locks running along the water.

In a green, restful setting, you pass near the villages of Lobbes, Merbes-le-Château and Solre-sur-Sambre, whose historic centre is of undeniable heritage interest.
Before crossing the French border, the Erquelinnes marina is the perfect place to relax. You will also find many shops in Erquelinnes as well as a railway station with connections to all the major cities of Belgium and France.


The route:

From the starting point in Thuin to Erquelinnes, you follow the Sambre RAVeL throughout this stage. In France, the greenway along the left bank of the Sambre takes you safely to Jeumont and Maubeuge.


Smooth (mostly asphalt and concrete). Some stretches of compacted fine stones in France. 

Height difference:



The entire stage is marked by specific ‘EV3 – RAVeL’ directional signs. 

Useful info


Chemin du Halage 6530 Thuin.

Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 144165 m - Y : 114545 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°20'30.62 "N - Longitude: 4°17'12.21 "E

Access by Train: Thuin Station - Rue de la Gare/Rue de Bethlehem at 6530 Thuin.      


Rest areas:

Lobbes, Erquelinnes marina.



  • RAVeL map of the Province of Hainaut published by the SPW. This map, called ‘More RAVeL, more pleasure’, can be ordered free of charge by clicking here.
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