A “natural pearl”: this is how people refer to the Hauts-Pays in Wallonia. To the south of Mons, this nature reserve takes travellers on a journey through a land where nature rules.
A haven of peace
« J'ai pour voisin et compagnon
Un vaste et puissant paysage
Qui chante et luit comme un visage
Devant le seuil de ma maison »
Emile Verhaeren – Flammes HautesWhen Emile Verhaeren came to the Hauts-Pays for the first time in 1898, the poet was captivated by his natural surroundings. In Roisin, a small village in the municipality of Honnelles, he found a unique haven of peace that he would never grow weary of. For 15 years, between 1899 and 1914, he spent his time exploring the woods and the fields, going on long walks to recharge his batteries. Around thirty kilometres south of Mons, the Parc Naturel des Hauts-Pays is a nature reserve that seems virtually untouched. Birdsong provides the backdrop to your walks, babbling brooks flow into enchanting waterfalls, and forests decorate the steep banks of valleys. Peace and quiet fill the air.