Mons, green routes

Level 2 – 33,77 km

Starting point

Grand Place 27
7000 Mons


Join the Grand-Hornu by taking the former railway lines, which have become green routes at the heart of the former collieries.

Follow the steep fall from the Grand Place to join the suburbs surrounding the ancient city. Your wheels will lead you to the heart of the Borinage. The old railway lines which once transported coal have become wonderful escape routes in an urban landscape marked by its industrial past. From Cuesmes ride along line 98 as far as Flénu where a signal box leading to Quiévrain was once located. Ride alongside the Pâturages station where a young man put down his bag in 1878. Van Gogh stayed in the Borinage almost two years to find artistic expression. Continue along this line, which at the time was full of noise and smoke from the continued cartage of trains carrying coal from the mining sites. You are finally in the Grand-Hornu, testifying to the start of the Industrial Revolution. It is an exceptional structure designated as a UnEsCo World Heritage site which includes the MAC Musée des Arts Contemporains and the CID Centre d’Innovation et de Design, one of the poles of artistic creation in Belgium.

Cycle nodes

Useful information

Grand-Hornu Site MAC’S/CID

Rue Sainte-Louise, 82
7301 Hornu
+32 (0) 65 65 21 21
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Prices: 10€ ⁄ 6€ ⁄ 2€

Bicycle hire point & contact


Grand-Place, 27
7000 Mons
ouvert 7j/7
+32 (0) 65 33 55 80

Traditional bicycle
  • 2h = 5€
  • 4h = 8€
  • 24h = 10€
Electric bicycle
  • 2h = 10€
  • 4h = 16€
  • 24h = 20€
Kids bicycle
  • 2h = 4€
  • 4h = 6€
  • 24h = 8€