Connection- Sosoye, Falaën, Sommière, Bouvignes-sur-Meuse

À Falaën

A - Li Crochon beer and bread


In days gone by, Li Crochon was the first and last crust of bread, spread with cheese and warmed over a wood fire. This dish, now in modern form, has become a roll scooped out and filled with ham, cheese (Chertin from the Chertin cheese dairy farm in Falaën) and fresh cream, then warmed in the oven. This delicious speciality, like other simple dishes that are as old as the hills, is of course best savoured with the Li Crochon cuvee, a good-quality brown or blonde beer made of pure malt and hops, fermented in the bottle and brewed in the Bocq region.

À Sosoye

B - The homeland of the « Montagnards »


The chalky mountain of Ranzinelle overlooking Sosoye is an anthem to pastoralism and the sun. Bare of forest, it is covered with dry fields of grass and astounding calcicolous and xerophile plants. At its feet, the village of Sosoye displays its pretty limestone façades, encircling the tithe barn and the 18th-century church.

Walking

The walk through the chalky fields of grass seeks to conquer this mountain! The reward is a magnificent beauty spot.

Practical details
Distance: 7 km
Waymarking: green and white rectangle
Difficulty: average
Time: 2.30 h
Start: place de Sosoye

To go further afield…

« Anhée » walking map.

Exploring the village :
www.meusemolignee.be
www.beauxvillages.be

Meet and savour


Beer and bread at Li Crochon

In days gone by, Li Crochon was the first and the last crust of bread, spread with cheese and warmed over a wood fire. This dish, now in modern form, has become a roll scooped out and filled with ham, cheese (Chertin from the Chertin cheese dairy farm in Falaën) and fresh cream, then warmed in the oven. This delicious speciality, like the simple dishes that are as old as the hills, can of course best be savoured with the Li Crochon cuvee, a good-quality brown or blonde beer made of pure malt and hops, fermented in the bottle and brewed in the Bocq region.

À Falaën

C - The ruins of the fortified castle of Montaigle


Montaigle: a name straight from the Middle Ages. Standing on an abrupt, rocky spur overlooking the pretty Molignée valley, the Montaigle site is one of the loveliest examples of the medieval castle so dear to the Romantics. Unfortunately, it depended on the Dukes of Burgundy. It was destroyed by the troops of Henry II in 1554. It was never rebuilt, but nevertheless retains all its majesty.



Rue du Marteau,10
5522 Onhaye
Tel : 0032(0) 81 22 37 98
Web : http://www.montaigle.be

Did you know?

At the foot of the castle, you can take the famous Molignée draisine or railbike, a flat-bottomed wagon that can be pedalled to the old Maredsous railway station. A beautiful RAVeL runs alongside, a cycle path to Anhée abbey on the banks of the Meuse.

 

Walking

A walk leaving from Falaën, one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia’, takes you to Montaigle. Going along the winding road that rises and dips through the Namur Condroz, the route enters the woods, following the Floyon stream. At the farm in Montaigle, the path bends and heads towards the powerful fortress.

Practical details
Distance: 8 km
Waymarking: green and white rectangle
Difficulty: easy
Time: 3 h
Start: Place de Falaën

To go further afield…

« Anhée » walking map

Exploring the village : www.beauxvillages.be

À Sommière

D - Sommière - The village

The village of Sommière lies on the limestone plateau between the Meuse valley and the Flavion valley, near Dinant. Visitors to the region should not ignore the heritage of this village, whose oldest houses are built of stone. The church and the clergy house date from the 17th century.

Tip
The path that runs alongside the ‘Del Marmol’ farm joins the valley of the Flavion, (a tributary of the Molignée), passing through prehistoric caves reached along steep paths on the right-hand slope of the valley in which tools fashioned by man have been found. It is said that this was also a hideout for resistance fighters during the Second World War.