220 Route 18. CHIMAY. From Ghent
(T/2 M.) Chdtelet (see below); and to Jumet. — From Montigny-le-Tilleul
(p. 219) an excursion may be made to Landelies and the Abbey of Aulne
(13-15th cent.; destroyed in 1794), returning from Landelies by railway.
From CHARLEROI To VIREUX, 40!/2 M., railway in 2 hrs. (fares 6 fr. 20,
4 fr. 20, 2 fr. 50c.). From (12!/2 M.) Berzée branch-lines diverge to Thuil-
lies (see pp. 213, 219) and to ZLanegfe. — From (14 M.) Walcourt (Rail.
Restaurant), which contains an ancient Gothic pilgrimage-church, two
others diverge — one via St. Lambert to Philippeville (HOt. Meurant), a
former fortress, and Florennes (Station du Sud), the other to Morialmé via
Fraire. — Another branch-line to Philippeville diverges at Senzeille. —
From (29 M.) Mariembourg (Hétel du Commerce) a branch-railway (31/2 M.)
leads to the ancient and picturesque little town of Couvin (H6t. du Chemin-
de-Fer, 17 R. at 2, B. 3/s, D. 21/4 fr., well spoken of), built at the foot of
a perpendicular cliff in the valley of the Hau Noire. From Couvin a light
railway runs to (10 M.) Petite-Chapelle (see below) and crosses the French
frontier to Le Tremblois. Mariembourg is the junction of a line from
Hastiére to Paris vid Anor and Laon, on which, beyond the Lake of
Virelles, is (10 M.) Chimay (H6t. de P Univers, 20 BR. at 21/2, B. 4, D. 21/2 fr.),
a town with 3000 inhab., where the beautiful park and chateau of the
prince of that name are situated (no admission). Old church. A statue
of Froissart, the chronicler, who died at Chimay in 140}, has been erected
in front of the Hétel de ’Univers. A light railway runs from Chimay to
Cul-des-Saris and Petite Chapelle (see above). Among the hills of Scormont,
6M. to the S., is a model farm belonging to the monastery of La Trappe
(mo ladies admitted).
32 M. Wismes (Grand-Hétel, R. 41/2, B. 1, D. 2l/2 fr.) is the next station
on the line to Vireux. Near the station is the striking Roche & Lomme.
[A pleasant walk may be taken hence in the valley of the Viroin to (2 hrs.)
Olloy (see below). On a steep rock near Dourbes (505 ft.; Au Lion Belge)
is the ruin of *Haute Roche, destroyed by Henry II. in 1554; fine rock-
scenery.] — Then Olloy (see above) and Vierves, with a castellated chateau.
— 401/2 M. Vireux, the French frontier-station, with a Gothic church, lies
on the Meuse. Thence via Givet (p. 228) and Rheims to Paris, see Baedeker’s
Charleroi-Erquelinnes- Paris, 168M., express in 33/4-A1/2 hrs., see Baedeker’s
Noriere France. — From Charleroi to Ottignies, Wavre, and Louvain, see
Beyond Charleroi the Namur train crosses the Philippeville road,
and passes the numerous foundries and factories of Marcinelle,
(69 M.) Couillet (branch-line to Jamioulx), and —
71 M. Chatelineau, the junction of the lines to Flewrus (p. 244)
and to Jumet-Brillotte (p. 158), and for a steam-tramway to Char-
leroi (see above). In the church of St. Barthélemy is a handsome
tomb of the Mérode family. Chatelineau is the station also for the
busy little town of Chdtelet (HOt. Bertrand, R. 11/2, D. 2 fr.), with
13,000 inhab., on the opposite (right) bank of the Sambre.
From CHATELINEAU To GiveT, 31M., railway in 2 hrs. (fares 4 fr. 70,
3 fr. 20, 4 fr. 90 c.). — This line traverses a busy manufacturing and
mining district, via Bouffioulx (once famous for its pottery), Acoz (branch-
line to Mettet, see p. 224), Gerpinnes (with a Roman villa; in the church of
St. Nicholas the fine Renaissance reliquary of Ste. Rolande), Ovet, Pavillons
(Stave), etc. From Florennes (see above; Gare de l'Est) a branch-line runs
to (7 M.) Ermeton-sur'- Bier! (p. 221) and a light railway to (15 M.) Dinant
(p. 226). — Doische (also on the line from Hastiére to Lavaux and Chimay)
is the last Belgian, Givet (p. 228) the first French station (customs-exami-
The Sambre winds through beautiful grassy valleys, sometimes
skirting wooded hills. 73 M. Le Campinaire; 731/. M. Farciennes,
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