Rail bikes de la Molignée (Wallonia - Belgium)

This was the very main reason why we planned Namur in Summer while we already visited Dinant in Winter. I've seen pictures of this in the Namur Tourism brochure and I was sold! I had to go there but all the greenery I saw the pictures wouldn't have been there when I visited Dinant. So finally, we waited for summer and there we were!Like my blog? Support me via Patreon! It costs less than a cuppa coffee!Whole of Belgium was extremely well connected by trains! However in course of time, some of the lines got defunct, esp. after everyone started owning cars. So today, some of those lines are being used for tourism, as Railbikes!The Railbikes are bikes which can be pedalled by 2 people, plus can seat 2 more people. There are 3 starting points and the whole biking can be 6, 8 or 14 km long with Falaën as midpoint. We took the 8km route (Warnant to Falaën & back) since we had limited time plus we had Atyudarini with us, in my back in babycarrier. She got freaked out with the sound and coz it was an absolutely new, weird experience. However half-way through, she felt better and by the end she was already asleep!!!Its an incredibly amazing experience of biking across bridges and through tunnels. The greenery all around was just pleasing! I can definitely say, the whole terrain would be all the more magical in Autumn! There is a small biking road that runs along the rail line and we met quite a few bikers, right from senior citizens to kids riding here!The other direction Falaën to Maredsous Gare & back (6km) is shorter but a bit of upward slope and needs more effort pedaling, which I would have loved to do, but with Atyudarini, it may not have been very pleasant. If you have an entire day, ofcourse do the whole loop of both these trails together  (Warnant to Maredsours Gare & back -14km). Kids can be a part of railbiking by either fixing the carseat in the passenger area or by using babywearing. A bit older kids can sit by themselves in the passenger area and kids about 6 yrs are considered adults. Totally 4 adults can drive 1 railbike.Timings & Entry Tickets:First trip & last trip at 10 AM and 4 PM in winters & 6:30 otherwise Price for 1 leg of the journey: €18 / railbike (upto 4 persons)Price for both routes together: €36 / railbike (upto 4 persons)Can be booked online via draisines.onlineSince there is only 1 rail line, the onwards & return journey starting times are fixed, so that, you know, 2 bikes don't stand opposite to each other, half way through!!!Here are the starting timings:Falaën  - 11:00-11:30, 13:00-13:30, 15:00-15:30, 17:00-17:30 Warnant - 10:00-10:30, 12:00-12:30, 14:00-14:30, 16:00-16:30One leg of the journey onwards & return takes 1:30 to 2:00 hrs. Both legs together takes about 3:30hrsTo Stay:Hotels at all price points are available in Namur & Dinant.Check out my reviews of Hotel Les Tanneurs in Namur and La Merveilleuse in Dinant.To Get There:Falaën - 82 Rue de le Gare 5522 FalaënWarnant - 116 Rue de la Molignée, 5537 WarnantOn Google Maps - Warnant, FalaënPublic transport: There are only 3 buses everyday (except Sunday) from Dinant. It is a bit of a challenge to get here by bus with the fixed departure timings of the rail-bikes! However it is possible with precise planning. If you depend of public transport, you'll have to visit here on a weekday or Saturday. TEC Bus no: 35; Departure from Dinant Gare (Dinant Railway Station). Takes 15-25 mins.Weekdays: Take the first bus at 1:07PM and you can reach Warnant around 1:45PM (incl walk from bus-stop to railbike site). Book the 2:00-2:30 departure from WarnantIf you do Falaën  & back only - Return by 2nd bus at 4:40PM. If you miss this, the last bus is at 7:07PMIf you do Maredsous & back - Return by 2nd bus at 7:07PM. Saturdays: Take the first bus at 10:54AM and you can reach Warnant around 11:30PM (incl walk from bus-stop to railbike site). Book the 12:00-12:30 departure from Warnant. If you do Falaën & back only (& quickly) - Return by 2nd bus at 1:46PM. If you do Maredsous & back (or a slow Falaën & back) - Return by last bus at 3:46PM. P.S: I was invited by Wallonia Tourism to experience the region for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.{ "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "TouristAttraction", "name": "Railbikes of the Molignée", "alternateName":"Vallée de la Molignée - Les draisines ou rail-bikes", "address": { "@type": "PostalAddress", "addressLocality": "Namur", "addressCountry": "Belgium" }, "touristType":"Adventure tourism", "image": "https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gje2gbB7bEc/XSwWYgt1_oI/AAAAAAAAccM/25PMHBLDsgwk7Gl0QHM83hVvYdzs38LtwCEwYBhgL/s1600/Bhushavali%2BMy%2BTravelogue%2BRail%2BBike%2BMolignee%2BBelgium%2B%25284%2529.jpg", "description": "A very very unique experience. Old train tracks and used today for railbiking! Its an experience like none else! A must-do thing in Belgium." }

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