La Trouille (literally: ‘fear’). What a funny name for a river! This waterway originates in Erquelinnes and meanders through the Quevy countryside before flowing into the Haine (‘hatred’) in Jemappes. In other words, fear feeds hatred! Okay, so what?
Before flowing into the Haine, the Trouille looks lovely. It slips unnoticed through the communes of Erquelinnes, Estinnes, Quévy, Frameries and Mons. It passes through enchanting landscapes of meadows and groves, and happily rubs shoulders with fishermen and other walkers. The Trouille is not scary - on the contrary. The birds and ducks revel in it when they see it appear from the ends of their noses. They sing loudly and build their nests not far from its bed.
Givry and Moulin des Templiers
At Quévy, the Trouille even takes on a proud look, especially at Givry where it makes several bends. In the centre of the village, the river follows a jerky loop-shaped route and flows into ponds like the Moulin du Templiers where fishermen come and indulge in their favourite activity. The atmosphere is bucolic, and the watercourse can be crossed via bridges and gateways. Currently transformed into a restaurant, Moulin des Templiers is not new, as you may have guessed. Its history dates back to the 12th century, when it belonged to the Order of the Knights Templars, as its name suggests. Thus by following the river, you’ll discover the history of the charming towns it passes through.
Bougnies and Théâtre de Verdure
On its journey, the Trouille is fed into by several streams. The small village of Bougnies, for example, is located in a valley formed by the By, one of its many tributaries. There again, the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful landscapes are astounding. The village established on both sides of the By lives to the rhythm of the water. Cross a small bridge and stop by at the Louis Pasha site, a major figure in the commune. In a small clearing, Théâtre de Verdure immerses you in another era. Damaged by the passing years, this theatre was built just before World War II to bring a measure of comfort to the hearts of miners. Nowadays, its columns and bare windows are ready to come alive once again. The magnificent “Vivre” statue made by the great Belgian sculptor Dolf Ledel seems to call out for visitors.
From stream to stream
The By then continues its course and crosses the Montris wood before joining Asquillies, where it forms a real green belt. Other villages belonging to the Quévy area have been shaped by their waterways. Thus Aulnois and Quévy-le-Petit are crossed by the Louvroit stream and Havay by the Pire stream (literally: ‘the worst’) . Yet another meaningful name... One thing is certain: the Trouille gives you the chills, but this has nothing to do with fear!
Good to know:
Over 7km, the Louis Piérard circuit goes past the village of Bougnies and its surroundings.