the hills nearby Silly, Belgium
Hainaut Hiking in Belgium Towns & Villages

Great website for Silly Walks

If you want to explore the Le Tournaisis region of Belgium, this website is a good starting point. The whole area is worth exploring. It contains two natural parks, quaint villages, rural museums, chateaux, and a comprehensive network of country walks.

No, I am not encouraging you to display your favourite silly walk from the classic absurd Monty Python sketch.

Instead, I am pointing you to a useful reference for Silly walks, or perhaps I should say “walks around Silly.”

Silly, you see, is the name of a village in Le Tournaisis; a region located between Brussels and Tournai, incorporating the towns of Ath, Lessines and Enghien. Access is easy via the E429 motorway or the Brussels-Tournai rail connection.

The whole area is a delight, with two natural parks, quaint villages, rural museums, chateaux, and a comprehensive network of country walks.

Silly-lanes

The website is called Randofamili (Family Walks), and has been expanded to cover the whole of the Belgian province of Henegouwen, plus northern France.

You simply select the area you want to walk in, choose whether you want a short walk (1 hour) or a longer walk, and press “Voir les résultats”. The map shows you the possibilities.

By expanding the map you can select an individual walk of the appropriate distance.

Click on the title of the walk and you will be able to read a short description of it. On the right you will see “Téléchargez la topofiche du circuit”. Click on this and you can download 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.

Simply on account of its intriguing name, I chose to explore the area around Silly. I elected to walk between five and 10 km, and was offered a choice of three walks. I selected one with a length of 9 km and duration of 2h 45m.

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.

Silly-fields

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.

14 comments on “Great website for Silly Walks

  1. I applaud you and your country for leaving the remotes and controllers behind and heading outdoors to enjoy your wonderful countryside. I wish it was contagious because we need to catch it here in the US. 🙂

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  2. This sounds like a great service to provide to the public. Wish we had a similar one here.

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  3. You had me going there for a moment, Denzil. I was wondering what a silly walk would entail…a crazy costume perhaps, or funny shoes. I prefer your version!

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  4. Hi Denzil,

    Silly – which I’m sure doesn’t mean “silly” 🙂 – sounds like a great place for some walks. Might check it out next time I am in Belgium for longer than the two weeks needed to see friends and family! Have you heard of Restless Jo? I think you might like to share some of your walks with her on Jo’s Monday Walks (http://restlessjo.me/jos-monday-walk/) . Enjoy…

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    • Hi Liesbet, thanks for your comment. Yes, Silly (despite its name) is a very sensible choice for an area to walk around. Do you have Belgians in your family? Yes I know Jo and regularly share my walks with her Monday blog. But thanks for your suggestion anyway. Denzil

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  5. Have you ever tried “Marche ADEPS – points verts ” ? They organised walking events in different villages every weekend. It’s for Wallonia and Brussel : http://www.sport-adeps.be/index.php?id=5945

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    • Yes I know about ADEPS and it’s certainly a great recommendation for my blogging friends in Belgium. However, for myself, I have to admit that walking in groups is “not my cup of tea!” Thanks for the recommendation though. I need to write about ADEPS in a separate post.

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      • You just follow the signs, it’s like a mini GR but you are not really walking in groups it’s not a guided walk. It’s true that it can be busy, especially during the summer months and maybe that’s what you mean with groups 🙂 I think it’s a great way to visit the local curiosities and historic sites. Usually they try to include them in the walk but I understand it’s not for everyone’s taste 🙂

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