Cascade de Chanxhe | Waterfalls of Belgium.
A Family Hike.
By Alan & His Family | A Belgian Family
What does cascade mean?
They may be more impressive after heavy rainfall when water levels rose to fill up the small streams.
This time around it didn’t rain very often and we found just a cute waterfall in Chanxhe, not far from the city of Liège.
Where is Chanxhe?
It is located just 15 kilometers to the south of Liège in the east of Belgium.
The area is prone to flooding from the Ourthe river due to its proximity to the river, although the waterlevels of the Ourthe are usually not very high nor frequent.
But this year the river Ourthe & Vesder flooded due to sever rainfall and flooded many houses as a result. Read more about it here.
Carrieres de Sprimont et de Chanxhe – Sprimont Blue?
Quarries of Belgium
In Belgium we have many quarries like stone groves, chalk quarries, black marble quarries, etc.
In Chanxche the limestone quarry is still in use today where blue stone in extracted.
The Golzinne quarry is probably the most well-known quarry for its Belgian Black marble, or Noir Belge in French. This Belgian gold can be seen at the Tournai Cathedral or the Premonstratensian Monastery in Mechelen, also known as the Averbode Abbey. It is extracted at least 70 meters under the ground and water pumps must operate constantly to keep the seeping water out of the mine.
Alan has been to a couple of underground quarries where adventure was key to the explore. Upcoming blogs about his adventures will soon be added.
Was it worth it, was it a good hike?
Every hike is different, and this hike was, to our surprise a bit less impressive then, say, our previous hike where we met a couple of donkeys grazing in the snowy landscape and a funny plate with the word Spoozbzug on it meaning Rail bridge, but with the wrong Flemish spelling.
Chanxche is probably more impressive after rainfall and thereby our next time will most likely be during a season where rain is likely to be present.
This city is also known for its historic heritage, namely the Château des Maîtres de Forges, which is built in the year 1656 and located on the banks of the Ourthe, to the south of the village.
As long as we can hike we’re more than happy, that’s what we always used to say and this time it wasn’t any different.
We had a lot of fun, the dogs were happy to be free for a day and we did our workout once again.
See you in the next one…