The nice walk lets you discover the Colfontaine Woods – the great rows of beech trees are magnificent!
At first the path runs along the big woods, we enter via the GR which travels between the birches, a species that has established itself in the mining ground. To the left, we can still see an old slag heap, now covered by exuberant nature. At the foot, a new dyke prevents major flooding, after heavy rain, of the valley. A hill and here we are at the wide path. Under the canopy, the light is diffuse – what majesty is exposed! The tranquillity of the place should not let us forget the exploitation of this forest in the 19th century. In 1842, Henri Degorge, the founder of the Grand- Hornu mining site, decided with the help of the landscape architect Séquenard to develop wide aisles to ensure that the woods were used. Wandering through it, who would imagine that this forest was a human creation?
- Difference in height
- 219.07 m
- Points of interest
1 The Pagnon bakery
Open every day from 7am to 2pm and Monday, Thursday and Fridays from 7am to 4pm.
Rue du Roi Albert, 8
2 The “Tower of Lait Buré”
Open every day, from 10am to 8pm except Tuesday.
Rue Belle Maison, 1
- 219 meters of difference in height