Autour de Ecaussinnes is a 13.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ecaussinnes, Hainaut, Belgium that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking.

Distance: 13.5 km Elevation Gain: 175 m Route Type: Loop



city walk

historic site

This very varied walk takes us to the beautiful Écaussinnes in Hainaut. The municipality was created in 1977 from the merger of three smaller municipalities, all with Écaussinnes in name. The municipality is crossed by the picturesque river Sennette along which we pass on our journey. The walk starts in Ecaussinnes-Lalaing at the Chateau Fort Ecaussinnes. Nowadays, the Van der Burch Foundation manages the Ecaussinnes-Lalaing castle. Inside is a museum that evokes a typical late-medieval atmosphere (open on Sundays from 1 May to 1 November, open every day except July in August and August). Just like the castle, the castle gardens are protected patrimony. We walk further along church paths and field roads that time and time again offer beautiful views of the surrounding nature and Marche-lez-Écaussinnes. At the Brussels - Charleroi railway line we turn right until we arrive at the beautiful viaduct, after which we walk straight through the meadow (gates are provided for passing) and finally through an old rail tunnel where only cows are still walking in Ecaussinnes-d'Enghien to come. Please note that we had to climb over the fence at the old tunnel as the old rusty gate was broken. An alternative is to take the gate in front of you at the end of your way through the meadow, to cross the railroad and to get straight to the asphalt road. We take a few church paths and tunnels, cross a meadow and finally explore the old Ecaussines-Ronquières - Tubize railway line. After about 2 km along the beautiful path, you take the Rue de Combreuil on the right to cross the Senette a little further. This way we arrive at the most beautiful part of this trip, the Senette valley. The path winds through the beautiful valley to arrive a little further at the Château de la follie, the other beautiful castle in the area. The nice path winds its way around the castle and passes the Tunnel des amoureux. The Count de Lichtervelde, who inhabited the nearby castle 'de la Follie', was rather paranoid at the end of the 19th century to keep potters away from his castle domain. So he encapsulated the footpath that ran through it with high walls and a tunnel, making it more like a trench. Marcel Tricot, the man who initiated the folklore festival 'Goûter Matrimonial', gave this passage the appropriate name 'Tunnel des amoureux' entirely in the context of the folklore festival. People in love could kiss undisturbed here. A bit further we arrive in the charming Ecaussinnes-Lalaing where the local village pub invites us for a well-earned refreshment. A very pleasant trip.

off trail
1 month ago

Nice hike but the map is sometimes imprecise

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