This route takes you through the area north of Tournai where the river Scheldt is still in its infancy. The Scheldt has its source in the municipality of Guoy in the north of France and from here the river flows through Hainaut and Flanders to the North Sea.
Flowering in Tournai
The starting point of this route is in Pottes. From here you set course in the direction of Tournai through the quiet and green landscape in this area. Tournai - the second oldest city in the country - is millennia old and owes a considerable part of its prosperity to the Scheldt. Especially in the 16th century, the Tournai economy experienced an unparalleled boom thanks to the trade in stone from Tournai, sculptures from Tournai workshops, sheets and carpets woven in Tournai and later thanks to the porcelain trade. Trade was mainly conducted via the Scheldt. The prosperity of Tournai aroused envy and the city has suffered many hostile attacks.
The right bank of the Scheldt
This route takes you along the quiet right bank of the Scheldt, where a cycle path takes you right along the water. A wonderful route full of tranquility where you have enough time to contemplate the turbulent history of the Scheldt.