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About Perrine

Salut! 👋🏻I’m an official Collection Editor for komoot, writing about cycling, bike touring and hiking in France and Belgium to make you discover the best routes and spots out there. 🇧🇪 Originally from Belgium (coucou Hamoir ❤️), I moved to Annecy 🇫🇷 three years ago. I've always liked outdoor activities, but living amongst a big community of outdoors enthusiasts really brought it to the next level. I’ve spent the last seven years designing high end biking/hiking holidays for a renown American company, and as a result biking/hiking on the best routes and trails all over Europe. 🚴🏻‍♀️ From Sunday bike rides to bike infrastructures, passing by undiscovered cycling routes, multi-days bike tours, bike jerseys and cozy bike cafés, I’m passionate about bikes in all its dimensions. #veLOveGet in touch if you’d like to come biking with me, want to try out a route, have any route feedback or just want to go for coffee in a cozy bike café :) @perrine_collard on Instagram

Distance travelled

20.9 mi

Time in motion

01:51 h

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  1. Perrine planned a hike.

    about 13 hours ago

    05:36
    13.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    725 ft
    1. Perrine

      This hike will take you to discover the green and wealthy outskirts of Brussels. It begins in Groenendael, in the Flemish region, and ends in Genval, in the Walloon region.After crossing the footbridge over the Brussels ring road, you dive into the capital's green lung, the majestic Sonian Forest, which stretches over some 5,000 hectares. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it is made up of nearly 80% beeches from plantations or from natural regeneration. This forest has been able to preserve an exceptional flora and fauna.Halfway through, the landscape opens onto ponds and you see the symmetrical features of the elegant Château de la Hulpe emerging, enthroned in an exceptional natural space.The hike ends in the pretty little town of Genval, where you walk along the romantic little lake before reaching the station.

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      • about 13 hours ago

  2. Perrine planned a hike.

    October 14, 2021

    1. Perrine

      This hike begins with a small loop around Lac des Doyards. A 2-kilometer warm-up in a relaxing setting before climbing to the heights of Vielsalm.Going down towards the Salm valley you pass the old Castle of the Counts of Salm, built around 1300. Over the centuries, the castle has been damaged, burned down and restored many times. Today, only the two imposing medieval towers at the entrance remain. Imagine that in the beginning, they were certainly preceded by a ditch, which was crossed by a drawbridge.You continue the walk through the wheat and corn fields, before plunging into a large and dense Ardennes forest, a mixture of conifers such as spruces, firs, Douglas trees and deciduous trees with beeches and hornbeams.The hike ends at Gouvy station.

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      • 4 days ago

  3. Perrine planned a hike.

    October 14, 2021

    1. Perrine

      This hike in the Namur region starts from the small station of Lustin on the banks of the Meuse.After passing through a lock, you take a path that climbs through the woods to the La Sibérie viewpoint. It is said that this locality was named in this way by a soldier during the First or Second World War (the versions differ depending on the family dinners). Surprised by the freezing breeze, he looked like it was colder here than in Siberia.But what makes the charm of this place is not the fact of wearing a little extra wool, it is above all to walk in the country landscapes, made of a mixture of fields, woods, and old nicely restored farmhouses.The arrival in Namur, capital of Wallonia, is grandiose! You cross the hill of the citadel, its cobbled streets and its imposing fortified walls, with a bird's eye view of the valley and the city.The hike ends at Namur station, one of the most beautiful in Belgium. Restored in 1990, it combines old-world charm and modernity with its maze of panoramic circular elevators and escalators.

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      • 4 days ago

  4. Perrine planned a hike.

    October 14, 2021

    1. Perrine

      This hike takes you to the province of Hainaut, not far from the French border. You sometimes go along the Sambre on a towpath, or from a forest path on the small hills which overlook it. The course is relatively flat, with only 340 meters of vertical drop over 23 kilometers.You cross the small villages of Lobbes, Thuin, and then Hourpes, considered to be the hamlet of the Carolingian steel industry. The paths flirt with the railway and the Sambre, and offer some pretty points of view over a landscape of green hills. At Lock No. 8, you cross the river to reach the ruins of Aulne Abbey, where the past and wild nature coexist.The last kilometers take forest paths before crossing the Sambre one last time on a pretty little lock and reaching Landelies station.

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      • 7 days ago

  5. Perrine planned a hike.

    October 14, 2021

    1. Perrine

      This hike takes you through the rolling hills of the Belgian Ardennes. You start from Pepinster, at the confluence of the Vesdre and the Hoëgne, a very bucolic little river that you will follow for more than half of the route.You start by hiking on a forest path before arriving on the outskirts of the small town of Theux. Shortly after, return to the Middle Ages with the castle of Franchimont which appears in the distance and through which the hike passes. Impressive ruins and a place steeped in history which is the scene of the famous Franchefoire every odd year. A meeting well known to the locals, where the delicious Fleur de Franchimont flows freely, a drink made from elder flowers.In the small village of Polleur, you cross an old stone bridge over the Hoëgne. Take out the cameras because this is probably the cutest place on this ride!You then climb to the heart of the Chawion Nature Reserve and pass through the pond that bears its name, before starting your descent to Spa. A spa town that gave its name to all the spa towns in the world. Many fountains with medicinal properties are hidden in many places in the city and its surroundings.The route crosses the center of Spa before heading back up to the station. Terminus!

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      • 4 days ago

  6. Perrine planned a hike.

    October 14, 2021

    1. Perrine

      This hike connects the village of Sy to Barvaux. At Sy, it starts off strong because as soon as you get off the train, it climbs! You climb on a ridge offering a breathtaking view of the rocks of Sy, known as a climbing site, and the valley of the Ourthe which is very deep there. From above you can see Logne Castle hidden in the vegetation on the hill opposite.You cross the Ourthe in the small village of Bomal and then go up towards Warre before arriving in Durbuy, nicknamed "the smallest town in the world". A place where it is good to stroll in the small cobbled streets, and where there are many opportunities to eat.You leave Durbuy not without a small loop through the highest point of the small town: the Homalius rock, known as the Anticlinal d'Omalius, in reference to the Belgian geologist who describes the rock for the first time in a review. scientist. A natural and unusual curiosity, this anticline is unique in its location, its scope and the ease with which it is observable.After a final climb, you go back down to the Ourthe and reach Barvaux station.

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      • 3 days ago

  7. Perrine planned a hike.

    October 13, 2021

    1. Perrine

      Welcome to the Province of Liège! The hike begins at Rivage, on the banks of the Ourthe, then continues on forest paths to the Saint-Martin tower which overlooks Comblain-au-Pont. A wonderful place which is accessed via a long driveway planted with hundred-year-old lime trees.The hike continues through the woods to the Sablière de Larbois State Nature Reserve. This old sand pit, operated between 1962 and 1975, today constitutes one of the points of interest of the geological path that crosses it. A little further on this path, you pass in front of the geological wall of the old Géromont quarries, an impressive structure retracing in a very visual way the geological history of the country.You reach the banks of the Ourthe before heading back up to the hamlet of Xhignesse and its superb Romanesque church. You cross the river one last time to end your hike on the pretty RAVeL which will take you to Hamoir. There, have a drink on the terrace or join the station through the charming little alleys on the banks of the Néblon stream.

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      • 4 days ago

  8. Perrine planned a hike.

    October 13, 2021

    1. Perrine

      This hike takes you to the heart of Walloon Brabant. A few train stops from the capital, this bucolic route is quite surprising.After a few kilometers you are in the middle of the vines! If Belgium is best known for its beer production, it has had some talented wine growers for the past twenty years. Landscapes that are all the more fantastic in that they are adorned with an orange and red dress in autumn, and sometimes even a white coat in winter.The hike ends in Villers-la-Ville, known for its remarkably preserved old Cistercian abbey. These majestic ruins are a great place to take a walk. Besides the huge vaults, its medicinal and ornamental gardens are worth a visit. The Abbey also lends its decor to various events and exhibitions throughout the year. The program is available here: villers.be/fr/agenda

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      • 7 days ago

  9. Perrine planned a road ride.

    September 6, 2021

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    1. Perrine

      This first stage begins at the foot of the citadel of Namur and its monumental sculpture in the shape of a turtle called Searching for Utopia. Your route starts on the Route Merveilleuse (that's its real name!) Which runs along the winding ramparts and offers you superb views over Namur, at the confluence between the Meuse and the Sambre.You cross the Meuse for the first time via the cycle bridge, and then a second time before gradually leaving the city. Take a last look at the imposing citadel from the other side before arriving in the countryside.On the edge of the woods of Marche-les-Dames you will pass in front of the Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame du Vivier. An enchanting setting where it is possible to eat.Through agricultural landscapes and small villages, you take country roads on the heights of the Meuse to the town of Huy.The last test of this warm-up is not the least: the famous Mur de Huy. The chapel path (the real name of the Mur de Huy) is dotted with small white chapels and was originally a path for pilgrims. The winding and steep ascent enjoys international renown today. It must be said that its measurements are enough to make all the other Belgian coasts pale: with its 1.4 kilometers of happiness / suffering, it has an average slope percentage of 11%, going up to 19% in some places.This first day ends in the heart of Huy, on its pretty Grand-Place where you will find many cafes and restaurants. Enough to recharge your batteries before continuing your journey through the green lung of Belgium.

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      • September 28, 2021

  10. Perrine planned a road ride.

    September 6, 2021

    1. Perrine

      There is still one battle to be won: that of the Walls. Cut in jagged teeth, this last stage runs along the Mosan banks with shorter but steeper slopes, while alternating the pleasures with a few more gradual slopes as well. Without going into details: Montagne de La Croix, Gayolle, 7 Meuses, Triple Mur de Monty ... will rise up like ramparts in front of you.The start of the day will be poetic, on one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Wallonia, the one that connects Rochefort to Houyet. You borrow a large part of it, with a few hooks to warm up the calves.After three climbs, you dive into Dinant passing in front of the Rocher Bayard, a spectacular rock needle about forty meters high which is located on the banks of the Meuse.You won't be able to walk through Leffe without thinking of the beer that bears his name. Who says beer says abbey and Leffe is no exception with the Abbey of Notre-Dame, which still hosts a community of canons today.There will also be two very beautiful castles to admire on this course. That of Vêves and that of Cruppet, both surrounded by a moat which reflects their silhouettes.You will reach the quays of the Meuse via Wépion, known for its strawberry crops and where, in season, many stalls flourish.The route ends where it started: at the foot of the imposing citadel of Namur. After more than 450 kilometers and nearly 9,000 meters of elevation gain, that's it, you've conquered the Ardennes! Or maybe it's the other way around?

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      • September 29, 2021

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