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Cycle Route Ravel 1

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Added on 03 Feb 2016,

on 03 Feb 2016

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InduKult & RAVEL

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Start location

Comines-Warneton, Wallonia, BE (20 m NHN)

End location

Maastricht, Province of Limburg, NL (73 m NHN)


The RAVEL 1 is the West-East-Main Route in Wallonia. He uses

- in the Western part formerly Railrods,

- from Kortrijk the Canal Kortrijk-Bossuit,

- l'Escaut until Tournai

- Canal du Centre until la Louviere,

- the Canal Brüssel-Charleroi.

- from Charleroi the Ricver Sambre,

- from Namur the River Maas.

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Abwechslungsreich, dicht besiedelt, teils stark industrialisiert (Schelde, Canal du Centre, Sambre, Maas), viele Bahnanschlüsse.

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Travel to and from ...

Kortrijk oder Lille per Bahn. Ab Lanaye/Maastricht/Vise ebenfalls Bahnanschluss.

Connecting cycle path

  • Maas-Radweg in Süd-Limburg (NL),
  • Maas-Radweg (Ravel 2) durch die Ardennen ab Namur bzw. nach Tienen,
  • ab Charleroi Ravel 8 an der oberen Sambre bis Maubeuge
  • Ravel 3b von La Louviere nach Brüssel-Antwerpen,
  • Ravel 98pp ab Mons durch die Borinage,
  • Ravel 4 ab Blaton Richtung Aalst-Brüssel,
  • Ravel 1a West an der Schelde Richtung Gent-Antwerpen
  • am Westende Richtung Lille/Calais/Dünkirchen/Brügge (LF1, LF6).


Herzstück des wallonischen Radwegenetzes in sehr kurzweiliger und kontrastreicher Landschaft. Autofrei, flach und fast druchgehend asphaltiert.

RAVEL 8 "TransWallonie" benutzt im westlichen Teil weitgehend die gleichen Wege; nur Charleroi wird südlich umfahren. Erst in Liège trennen sich diese beiden Routen: RAVEL 1 folgt weiter der Maas abwärts, während Ravel 8 über Ourthe, Ambleve, Ligne 45 und Vennbahntrasse nach Luxemburg geführt wird.

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

Name and address

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Route km
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30 km
3,5 km
7 m


BE-8520 Kuurne




38 km
4,9 km
28 m


BE-8510 Kortrijk




70 km
0,2 km
14 m


BE-7500 Tournai


Tourist information


152 km
1,4 km
101 m


BE-7180 Seneffe


Tourist information


176 km
4,6 km
96 m

BE-6030 Charleroi



Château Bilquin-de Cartie, Marchienne-au-Pont
Château Bilquin-de Cartie, Marchienne-au-Pont

Cartier Castle (French: Château Bilquin de Cartier) is a château in Marchienne-au-Pont, a part of Charleroi, in the province of Hainaut, Belgium.

Origins of the château can be traced back to the 17th century, around 1635, when the Honoré family builds a castle on the Sambre river bank. The place had formerly been occupied by a seigneurial manor which was dertroyed on 21 July 1554.

In 1667, the unfinished Spanish fortress of Charleroy is captured by Louis XIV's troops during the War of Devolution. As the castle in Marchienne was located in neutral territory (under authority of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège), it was used as a hospital for both French and Spanish soldiers.

In 1695, the castle is bought by Guillaume de Bilquin, a wealthy forge owner, who completes and enhances it. In 1717, his daughter, Marie-Agnès Bilquin, marries Jean-Louis Cartier, son of the general treasurer of the prince-bishop of Liège. As such, the castle becomes the property of the Cartier de Marchienne family.

In 1740, the castle hosts Remacle Le Loup, a famous draftsman from the Liège region. It is severely damaged by a fire in 1932, and bought over by the municipality of Marchienne-au-Pont in 1938, ending more than two centuries of ownership by the Cartier family.

Marguerite Yourcenar, a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist, and the first woman elected to the Académie française, is the daughter of Fernande de Cartier de Marchienne, from the Cartier family related to the Cartier castle. She visited the castle in Marchienne-au-Pont in 1956, and mentions her Cartier de Marchienne ancestry and the castle in her 1974 memoir Dear Departed: A Memoir (French: Souvenirs pieux).

Current condition

The castle today hosts a public library on the ground floor (Bibliothèque Marguerite Yourcenar), and administrative services of the Walloon region on the first floor. The library has a section dedicated to books in Turkish language.

The courtyard is equipped with benches and is publicly accessible as part of the Marchienne-au-Pont municipal park. The castle wing which was located on the southern side of the courtyard has been demolished to create an entrance for the De Cartier station of the Charleroi metro. At the tip of the western wing, a stone porch is adorned with the arms of the Bilquin-Baillencourt family, and a 1699 date inscription. Similarly, the lintel above the northern wing door shows a scalloped key with the arms of the Cartier family. Other demolished features include a barnyard where the Marchienne-au-Pont municipal swimming pool now stands.

A 19th century grain elevator in neo-renaissance style can be seen on the Sambre embankment.

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Château Bilquin de Cartier', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 October 2014, 08:53 UTC, <> [accessed 1 April 2015]

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