“That One Come Here on Pilgrimage”

This is what Mary asked underneath the hawthorn on December 23rd 1932. She thus gave her incentives for appearing at Beauraing. To the question: “Why do you come here?” She answered, “that you come here on pilgrimage.” As a response to her request more than 20 pilgrimage routes have been marked. They are called the Golden Heart Routes. They were inaugurated on April 13 2013 during a celebration presided by Bishop of Namur, Rémy Vancottem. The shortest route is some hundred metres long, that which, the five children who saw the Virgin, took the first evening of the apparitions. The Castels route that is 4 kilometres long is indicated by arrows. The longest routes are about ten kilometres. They may be taken on foot or by bicycle…The four routes given on the map here below are very accessible. They are 7 to 16km long. The Houyet route (in blue) (14km) is the most traditional. Since the beginning pilgrims took this route regularly and still today, it is taken monthly by groups of pilgrims on foot the first Saturdays and the second and third Sundays of high season (from March to November), and the second Sundays of the month on the colder season. It is always possible to join in foot pilgrimages already organized. The green routes (Wancennes) (7km) and in red (Martouzin) (9km)- along with the Castels and Focant routes (18km)- are loops that begin and end at the Sanctuaries: therefore upon arrival it is not necessary to foresee transportation to the departing site. The yellow route leaves from Givet in France and is approximately 16km.



Beauraing’s Pilgrim Diploma

Upon arrival to the Sanctuaries, the pilgrim may come to the Info centre, sign the grand registrar of Beauraing’s pilgrims and, receive the Beauraing Pilgrim Diploma, combined with a blessing from the Bishop of Namur, Rémy Vancottem.

Itineraries

The pilgrim may follow his own itinerary. We propose here one or more animated maps for each route.

Way of the visionaries: animated map

The Castels loop: animated map

Wancennes loop: general animated map, detailed

Martouzin loop: general animated map, detailed

Houyet route: general animated map, detailed

Givet route: general animated map, detailed for pedestrians, detailed for cyclists

Focant loop: general animated map, detailed

Felenne route: general animated map, detailed

Wellin route (route of the statues of Our Lady of the Golden Heart): general animated map, detailed

Gedinne route: general animated map, detailed

Rochefort route via Lavaux-Ste-Anne: general animated map, detailed

Rochefort route via le ravel: general animated map, detailed

Oizy route: animated map

Hauts-Buttés in France route: general animated map, detailed

Hauts-Buttés in France via Givet route: general animated map, detailed

Dinant route (departure from Leffe or from Foy Notre-Dame): general animated map, detailed

Condroz route (departure from Ciney or from Chevetogne): general animated map, detailed

L’Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse route (departure from Berzée, Thy-le-Château or Walcourt): general animated map, detailed

Hurtebise (Saint-Hubert) route: general animated map, detailed

La Vallée de la Molignée route (departure from Maredsous close to Maredret and Ermeton-sur-Biert): general animated map, detailed

Namur route: general animated map, detailed

Cordemois route (Bouillon): animated map

Chimay route: general animated map, detailed