Hensies, bird paradise

Gastronomic ,  Walking/pedestrian at Hensies

4.3 km
1h 10min
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  • Upon entering this natural sanctuary, who would imagine that this site was once the location of an industrial operation?

    Its story is beautiful and reminds us that nature is often the strongest. This magnificent reserve was original a mining site which collapsed in the seventies. The groves and flooded meadows, spaces between wetlands and dry areas are developed, forming reed beds and marshy woods. These marshes are our greatest ornithological reserve in Belgium, hosting thousands of birds, especially during winter gathering. Observation posts have been built on the banks of the ponds. Enter quietly to see from the openings, ducks, mergansers, red-crested pochards, bitterns and other species. Along the reeds a heron flies nonchalantly – we no longer know where to point our binoculars... What a wealth these swamps contain!
  • Difference in height
    51.09 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
1 Anne & Michel Picron’s farm and butcher shop
It’s the story of a long tradition of butchers, born in the early 20th century. For several years, Anne and Michel Picron have carried the torch and perpetuated this guarantee of quality and freshness. They guarantee the brand thanks to the fruit of their own breeding of cattle and pigs. Most of the deboning and cuts are done in the back room. Preparations are done on site. The succulent veal sausages or hams on the bone well help you prepare an extra picnic before going out on the Hensies Marsh.
Open Tuesday to Friday, from 8:30am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6:30pm
Saturday from 8am to 6pm.
Rue d'Hainin, 21
7350 Hainin
Tel. +32(0)65/65.28.25
2 Beer and Hay
La Noyelle, at Montroeul-sur-Haine, is an old building. We are here in a former farmbrewery where they worked in the fields to harvest the grain with farm horses. They then brewed the beer, the famous beer season, which was distributed in all the nearby villages. Each year, “The 19th Century Celebration” recalls this period of hay-making and brewing. It takes place the weekend before August 15.
Les Amis de la Noyelle ASBL
Rue du Fayt, 33
7350 Montroeul-sur-Haine
51 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 20 m
  • End altitude : 21 m
  • Maximum altitude : 27 m
  • Minimum altitude : 16 m
  • Total positive elevation : 51 m
  • Total negative elevation : -51 m
  • Max positive elevation : 5 m
  • Min positive elevation : -8 m