Mons, Green Routes

at Mons

27.6 km
Touring cyclist
  • Join the MAC'S by taking the former railway lines, which have become green routes at the heart of the former collieries.

    Follow the steep fall from the Grand Place to join the suburbs surrounding the ancient city. Your wheels will lead you to the heart of the Borinage. The old railway lines which once transported coal have become wonderful escape routes in an urban landscape marked by its industrial past. From Cuesmes ride along line 98 as far as Flénu where a signal box leading to Quiévrain was once located. Ride alongside the Pâturages station where a young man put down his bag in 1878. Van Gogh stayed in the Borinage almost two years to find artistic expression. Continue along this line, which at the time was full of noise and smoke from the continued cartage of trains carrying coal from the mining sites. You are finally in the Grand-Hornu, testifying to the start of the Industrial Revolution. It is an exceptional structure designated as a UnEsCo World Heritage site which includes the MAC Musée des Arts Contemporains and the CID Centre d’Innovation et de Design, one of the poles of artistic creation in Belgium.
  • Difference in height
    210.32 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 Mont de l’Héribu slag heap
Symbolic of the Borinage’s mining landscapes, the slag heaps are now losing their starkness by attaining an
unusual level of biodiversity. The Héribu slag heap has become a light green mountain. The grasshopper and the
swallowtail (see photo) love tanning their wings on these suitably exposed black slopes.
2 Line 98
The green route continues beyond Colfontaine towards Dour and stops at Quiévrain.
3 The former Pâturages station
Located on the RAVeL, it housed Vincent Van Gogh for a few weeks before he took refuge at Wasmes.
4 The MAC'S
This prestigious heritage site was created on the Grand-Hornu site, a former mining site classified as a UNESCO world heritage site.
5 Line 98c
Magnificent RAVeL where, just after the Grand-Hornu, artistic works created by Blanc Murmure for Tomber Volontiers dans le Panneau are presented, a winning Mons 2015 project.
6 Van Gogh’s house
Short detour to visit the house where Vincent Van Gogh lived, at Cuesmes.
210 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 58 m
  • End altitude : 57 m
  • Maximum altitude : 77 m
  • Minimum altitude : 24 m
  • Total positive elevation : 210 m
  • Total negative elevation : -211 m
  • Max positive elevation : 27 m
  • Min positive elevation : -42 m