If you want to explore the Picardy Wallonia region of Belgium, here’s a good website to start your journey of discovery
Picardy Wallonia is an area definnitely worth exploring. It contains two natural parks, quaint villages, rural museums, chateaux, and a comprehensive network of country walks and cycle paths. And throw in three heritage towns -Tournai, Ath and Mouscron. If you’re not sure where it is, it’s east of Brussels and between Lille, Mons and Courtrai.
But Silly Walks? No, I am not encouraging you to display your favourite silly walk from the classic absurd Monty Python sketch. Perhaps I should say “walks around Silly.” Silly, you see, is the name of a village in Picardy Wallonia, and it’s where I happened to explore the region in a bit more detail.
The website is Visit WAPI (WAllonia PIcardy), and it really is an excellent website full of resources for a day out or longer in the area.
I particularly liked the interactive map. You simply select your activity (e.g. hiking), and all the hikes in the area appear that you can choose from.You can then get the details of the walk, download it to your device, or print a free 2-page colour flyer, incorporating a full description of the walk, places of interest to see along the route, and an excellent map.
A circular Silly Walk
Simply on account of its intriguing name, I chose to explore the area around Silly. I was not disappointed by my choice. The circular walk led me along footpaths and deserted country roads, through the villages of Gondregnies and Fouleng, deep into the Forest of the Provision and past a couple of interesting chateaux.
The highlight for me was seeing my first ever firecrest, which is an exquisitely coloured tiny bird, as well as about a dozen roe deer, a fox, plenty of hares and a pair of red squirrels. If I had more time I could also have explored the area in more detail, as the map indicated other places of interest such as two fromageries and some local restaurants.
I’ll post more on this particular walk later, but for the moment I just wanted to introduce you to Picardy Wallonia and the Visit WAPI website.