Stage 3 of the GR 121 long-distance path is a really lovely walk that I highly recommend.
Following my mixed opinion to Stage 2 of the GR 121, I set off on Stage 3 with a little trepidation. But I was pleasantly surprised by this route which gave me a most enjoyable day’s hiking. Firstly, here is the map of the route which you can download as a PDF; the GPX track is available on RouteYou.
I recommend the walk for the following five reasons.
1. The scenery
2. The Canal
3. The Canal Boats
4. The Canal Lift
You pass by the Ronquières Inclined Plane or boat lift. See this post of mine for all the details of this incredible feat of engineering.
Well worth a closer visit if you have the time.
So what are you waiting for? I am absolutely convinced you will love this walk. It starts from Nivelles railway station and ends 20 kilometres later at Braine-le-Comte railway station. Make a day of it, eat your packed lunch on the banks of the beautiful and ancient Charleroi-Brussels canal, enjoy plenty of peace and solitude, and even take time to visit Nivelles and the Sloping Lock of Ronquières.