Brabant Wallon

16 km hike around Orp-Jauche

A pleasant walk along country lanes and crossing the fields of Walloon Brabant, passing through four villages on the way.

I followed this route in early Spring this year. It starts in the village of Jauche and passes through Jandrain, Petit-Hallet and Orp-Jauche before returning to Jauche.

If you are arriving by car, there’s plenty of free parking space along Rue de la Gare. If you plan to get to Jauche by public transport, it isn’t easy, particularly at the weekend. Drop me a line giving your departure point and timeframe and I’ll see if I can help find a solution.

Here’s a photo story of my walk. The route map is at the end of the post.

Eglise Saint-Martin, Jauche
First stop: Eglise Saint-Martin, Jauche. Fasten your seatbelts: there’s a lot of churches ahead! Never heard of Saint Martin? He was born in the 4th century in what is now western Hungary and became Bishop of Tours, France. He is said to have introduced the church’s now familiar parochial system.
Bailiff's House Jauche
Just around the corner is the Bailiff’s House. Did the Bailiff have so much work to do in the area to justify such a house? Apparently so.
Jauche walk
Then it’s through a pleasant little village park …
Ravel Jauche
… and out of the village onto the Avenue Rodolphe Gossia, which is actually part of the Ravel. The Ravel is a wonderful network of cycle paths extending through much of Wallonia. Mind you, today it was deserted of cyclists and I had the path to myself.
Ravel cycling in Jauche
The view back into the village of Jauche. The main industry of the area is agriculture. Jauche is one of seven villages making up the municipality of Orp-Jauche, which has a population of 8,400 spread out over an area of 50 square kilometres.
Fruit growing in Jauche
Empty crates waiting to be filled with apples and pears from the surrounding orchards in the autumn. From here it’s a short walk to the next village: Jandrain.
Saint Peter's Church Jandrain
How innovative! Saint Peter’s church in Jandrain is powered by renewable energy thanks to a wind turbine mounted on its tower! Just kidding. It actually took me ages to get this picture to create the right illusion. There’s quite a distance between the church and the wind turbines on the hills beyond it.
What’s this looming up ahead in the distance? Another church? A castle? I was curious, so made a slight diversion to check it out.
Water tower Jandrain
It’s some kind of water tower or water reservoir. Although I don’t understand why it has windows. Perhaps the water tank is inside it, and the windows are to give light onto a spiral staircase around the tank and up to the roof?
Walking around Orp-Jauche
Looking back along the path travelled gave an outstanding view over the fields and orchards of the area.
Petit Halet Belgium
Next stop is the village of Petit Hallet, which is definitely petit, consisting of a few houses …
Petit Halet
… a large farmhouse …
Saint Martin's Petit Halet
… a church of course! (And also named after Saint Martin; he is certainly a popular saint in this region) ….
Cat in Petit Halet Belgium
… and a sleepy cat keeping an eye on potential avian visitors to this novel collection of bird-houses.
Walking around Orp-Jauche
Then it’s time to hit the open fields again. I was certainly blessed with a beautiful day with a gorgeous blue sky.
Duck house Orp-Jauche
I also came across this neat little duck-house. But no ducks.
Coltsfoot
What I did come across was some Coltsfoot. This is one of the first wild flowers to appear in Spring, sometimes even in January. It’s also rather unusual in that the flowers appear well before its leaves.
Snowdrops
And then rounding a bend I came across some more early bloomers: a stunning carpet of snowdrops.
Snowdrops
A welcome sight after the dark winter, and a happy anticipation of warmer days to come.
Stream near Orp-Jauche
I’ve been trying to work out which Henri Fontaine this stream is named after. There’s a Henri Fontaine who was a French Catholic missionary, and a Henri La Fontaine who was a Belgian lawyer who received the Nobel Peace Prize. Does anyone know for certain?
Walking around Orp-Jauche
The walk then led back to my starting point alongside a wood that was just beginning to burst into life.
Eglise Orp-Jauche
And of course there was another church, this one in Orp-Jauche. Saint Martin seems to be very popular in this village too, which is also clearly a very religious village. It has not one, nor two, but three churches – and two of them are called Saint Martin’s!
Walking around Orp-Jauche
All that remained was the trek back to my starting point in Jauche under that gorgeous blue sky. Plenty of time for thankful reflection on how good it is to be alive and healthy and able to enjoy the scenery, the fresh air, the peace, and the beauty of nature.

All in all, this is a very pleasant walk. Here’s an overview map of my walk:

And you can download the route for your GPS device from my RouteYou page.

Any comments or questions on this route, feel free to add a comment below, email me or drop me a line via the Contact page: especially with your answers to my two questions (Henri Fontaine and the strange picture).

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