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De Tubize à La Louvière (stage 1)

On the RAVeL of the Charleroi-Brussels canal and the Canal du Centre

Family
Family
Length (in km)
35 km
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Right from the start of your trip Tubize, a centre of the steel industry, with the Clabecq blast furnaces, reminds visitors of the economic importance of this region during the 20th century. You make your way in total safety along the Charleroi–Brussels canal towards Ronquières, site of the plan incliné or sloping lock, a funicular for boats and a marvel of modern engineering. 

Your trip then continues in peace and quiet along the edge of the canal, crossing through Ecaussinnes and Seneffe. The centre of Seneffe, which you can reach by popping along the historic canal, boasts a remarkable castle built in the 18th century.
Finally, the Canal du Centre RAVeL takes you to the end of this first stage, La Louvière, fief of Aulne Abbey in medieval times and former coal-mining basin of the region. It is also a major carnival centre in Wallonia.
 

Details

The route:
The route mainly follows the Charleroi-Brussels canal RAVeL, then the Canal du Centre RAVeL.
You cross La Louvière along roads with pavements for pedestrians and marked paths for cyclists.
 

Surface: 
Mostly smooth (alternately asphalt and concrete), damaged in places. Two short sections along fairly uneven stones.
 

Height difference: 
Flat or imperceptible incline.
 

Signs: 
Full directional signs are in place along the entire route.
 

Safety, precautions: 
Take care when crossing through La Louvière as the motor traffic in the urban setting is fairly heavy along the roads you follow.
 

Warnings
Useful info

Start:

On the RAVeL on the right bank of the Canal Charleroi-Brussels, near n°19 Place Josse Goffin in1480 Clabecq (Tubize).

Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 139495 m - Y : 153140 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°41'19.51 "N - Longitude: 4°13'12.30 "E

Access by Train: Tubize SNCB railway station.

Easy car parking at the starting point.


Guides/maps:

  • 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.

Around the route by bike:

Stage map
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