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The must-sees

  • Old Castle: Former feudal dwelling restored as a hotel opposite the ruins of an old barn
  • Old Mill: A typical building on the Fagne with a diversion bay and water reservoir
  • Franc Bois Site (viewpoint): Natural site with steep hillsides covered with one of the rare native yew tree reserves – Exceptional heritage of Wallonia 
  • The Eau Blanche Valley: Meandering river – Site of great biological interest “Natura 2000”
  • Virelles Aquascope: Nature centre with interactive discovery area and outdoor discovery trail alongside the ponds (Outside the village – 4 km)


A village between water and gardens

Between two steep hillsides covered with maple groves, the Eau Blanche flows as mistress of the area, embracing the small village of Lompret in its pure meander. Everything is natural here, and the village is nestled in this setting of greenery and the rugged limestone cliffs of the “Franc Bois“. Occupied a long time ago by the Gauls, then the Romans, the village was built on the traces of an ancient feudal castle of which only a few ruins remain today. The long limestone houses from the 18th and 19th centuries are resting on a wide avenue, not far from the parish church of St. Nicholas. A magnificent 18th century bridge links the two.

The serenity of the place invites you for a stroll, an opportunity to discover a prestigious natural site that constitutes one of the jewels of our Walloon heritage: the presence of one of the rare native yew reserves. A legend recounts that any Roman soldier who died in a foreign land had to be buried with the yew berry taken from his native country to benefit from eternal rest. But that doesn’t matter, a good local “Escavêche” (local fish dish) savoured in the village restaurant will allow you to think about it.



Maison du Tourisme Pays des Lacs
Rue de la Plate Taille, 99
6440 Boussu-Lez-Walcourt
Tél. : + 32 (0)71/ 14 34 83
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Syndicat d’Initiative de Chimay
Rue de Noailles, 6
6460 Chimay
Tél. : +32 (0)60/ 21 18 46
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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 32 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.

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