Brabant Wallon

GR 121 Stage 3: Nivelles to Braine-le-Comte

After the tedium of the last few kilometres of the previous stage of the GR 121 into Nivelles, I was slightly apprehensive about the next stage departing from Nivelles.

I need not have worried. Stage 3 of the GR 121 long-distance path has to be among my top 20 walks in Belgium. It is a really lovely walk to do, highly recommended for a number of reasons. I give you just five.

  1. The Scenery

GR121 stage 3 (6)

GR121 stage 3 (2)

GR121 stage 3 (7)

2. The Canal

GR121 Stage 3 Canal (2)

3. The Canal Boats

Ronquieres boats (5)

4. The Canal Lift

See this post of mine for all the details of this incredible feat of engineering.


5. Nivelles

Well worth a closer visit if you have the time.

So what are you waiting for? I am absolutely convinced you will love this walk. It starts from Nivelles railway station and ends 20 kilometres later at Braine-le-Comte railway station. Make a day of it, eat your packed lunch on the banks of the beautiful and ancient Charleroi-Brussels canal, enjoy plenty of peace and solitude, and even take time to visit Nivelles and the Sloping Lock of Ronquiรจres.

Here’s the track on RouteYou.

And here’s a pin for your Pinterest fans:




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  1. I’m sold! I got hooked by the canal boats, but I also loved the hanging up bike and the shed with a tree roof. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, when can I pencil in Belgium?
    Love the smart new look, Denzil. Many thanks for the walk.

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  2. Great read Denzel – first time I saw Ronquieres was when I cycled down the canal from Brussels so to say I was surprised by what I found was an unstatement. Look forward to the next stages.

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  3. Hello Denzil,
    The two posts make it sound so appealing. So you did it in a day?
    If we wanted to explore the villages, I’m assuming we would expect an overnight stay? I’d really value your thoughts please.
    Thank you for these posts. We love our walks…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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    • Hello Di, thanks for your question. Yes I do all these walks in a day, and generally do not stay overnight. There are many AirBnBs or Bread & Breakfasts in Belgium, as well as hotels of course in the towns. I have not done any research into accommodation along these walks, but can do so if you specify some areas and the type of accommodation. When we go walking in the Ardennes, Liz and I often stay in one of the many small self-catering “gites” (cottages) in the Ardennes, which are of a high quality and affordable. I can point you in the direction of these if you want. Any further questions … ask away!

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      • Hello Denzil,
        That’s wonderful information, thank you so much and also for your kind offer to ask more questions.
        We are relocating to London in September so suddenly, the opportunity to follow in your footsteps is very real.
        So thank you, and I just may have to refer to your previous posts for reference…

        Wishing you a lovely Summer weekend there,
        Thanks again,
        Di ๐Ÿ’โœจโœจ

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        • That’s quite a change Di and a tremendous opportunity. I guess these are busy weeks packing up and working out where to live etc. I wish you peace amidst the stress that any relocation brings.

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          • Thank you for your lovely and supportive reply, Denzil…yes, we are so excited and to have Europe on our doorstep will be thrilling.
            I remember well that you understand what it’s like to move to a new country after your relocations to the Netherlands and now Belgium…
            Thank you too for your well wishes of peace amidst the stress. We will gratefully accept it.
            Until soon,
            Take care,
            Di ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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  4. Walk sounds lovely in an area I haven’t visited yet. How easy do you think it is to get back to the start where I would have to park? Is there a bus line or connection as far as you know? Thanks in advance.

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  5. Looks like an incredible walk. Your shots are stunning, Denzil! Keep exploring Belgium for me, please. One day, I’ll follow in some of your tracks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of the scenery looks very familiar, especially the houses ad churches – they look alike in Flanders and Wallonia.

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    • Thank you Liesbet! Yes I think Brabant Wallon is very much a mix of Wallonia and Flanders, and not quite the same as the cottages down in the Ardennes.


  6. Hi Denzil! Well, you beat me this time ๐Ÿ˜€ Lovely picture post that makes my mouth water; if all goes well, I will make the trip next week. Nice new outlook too. I see that you intend to go further on GR 121; I’m afraid Braine will be my final stage as I’m planning to continue on GR 12. I saw your post when I was in Switzerland last week but I couldn’t access because I had forgotten my password (and not just that one). Wishing you a nice Sunday!

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    • Thanks Guido. Yes I am hoping to reach the French border on the GR 121. Looking forward to seeing your GR 12 posts. Yes I am enjoying my Sunday: our grandson is visiting from Sweden! ๐Ÿ™‚

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