Moving in the forest
The clean air of the Forêt du Pays de Chimay will keep you healthy and give you many opportunities to do sports!
Get active in the forest!
The pure air of the Forêt du Pays de Chimay is great for your health! Doing sport is too.
There are many activities on offer for you to let off steam, restore your health or simply stay in shape:
2 distances: the long challenge and the short challenge/ Several legs
- Le Trail des 3 Vallées à Couvin
- Le Trail du Centre Sportif à Chimay
- Le Trail de l'Hermetourà Sautour (Philippeville)
- Le Trail du Viroin à Nismes (Viroinval)
- Le Trail de l'Eau Blanche à Lompret (Chimay)
- Le Froidchatrail (Hors Challenge mais lieu de remise des prix)
Mountain biking enthusiasts are not left out. There are many permanent marked routes in the Forêt du Pays de Chimay. They are available and can be downloaded on the application Xplore Forêt du Pays de Chimay, on www.foretdupaysdechimay.be and in the region's tourist offices.
Family trip? The Forêt du Pays de Chimay is criss-crossed by the Ravels (slow paths), which are ideal for walks that are physically more accessible and totally safe.
There is also a network of crossing points in Botte du Hainaut and soon across the whole region of the Forêt du Pays de Chimay! Map your route as you like!
Viroinval has the first network of routes for Nordic walking in Wallonia!
Information and walking pole rental:
Office du Tourisme de Viroinval
Rue Vieille Eglise 5– 5670 Nismes
Tel: +32 (0)60/31 16 35
To make this sport accessible to all, introductory walks are organised on a regular basis. Info: http://www.viroinval-nordic-walking.blogspot.be
Orienteering is the ultimate fun nature activity which fits in perfectly with the overall concept of the Forêt du Pays de Chimay: “Authentic nature conservation”. It is promoted there in two ways:
- Through the discovery of the most beautiful sites of Nismes (Viroinval) and the historic centre of Chimay with an orienteering map on sale at the local Tourist Office.
Permanent orienteering trails (Chimay, Couvin, Viroinval) can also be downloaded from the HOC (partner orienteering club) website.
- Through support to events organised by HOC, a partner orienteering club: Karrim’HOC, a 2-day orienteering trek for runners and hikers and the HOCup, a national orienteering race with several distances that is open to all.
Hundreds of km of marked trails cover the Forêt du Pays de Chimay. These include the Grande Traversée, more than 175 km of GR trails with bivouac sites along the way. Under a tent, in a gite or a bed and breakfast - it’s up to you to choose the level of comfort you need!
The Grande Traversée Topoguide has all the info you need for your expedition and is available from all the tourist offices and Syndicats d’Initiatives in the region. You can also order it at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: €13 (+€3 postage fees in Belgium).
With your tablet or smartphone to hand, discover the Xplore Forêt du Pays de Chimay application that can be downloaded free of charge from the Appstore and Google Play. It has the most beautiful looping trails in the region, the Grande Traversée and all the information you need for your trip with us to go smoothly!
Do you want even more variety? Fitness trails, cross-country or Alpine ski-ing, showshoeing, triathlons (including the Viroin green triathlon comprising a running race, kayaking and mountain biking), run & bike, cross-country, geocaching... all these activities await you. In short, everyone will find what they are looking for in the Forêt du Pays de Chimay!