The Pays des Collines or “Hill Country” is situated in the north-west corner of Wallonia. It consists of low wooded hills rising over the low plateaux of Hainaut Province and Flanders plain. Caps of ferruginous sandstone protected the underlying strata from erosion, which therefore affected only the less protected areas, and the hills were born.
These gentle hills beckon you on to discover a generous, diversified natural area, where each season magnifies the forest and open landscapes of tree- and hedge-studded farmland. The magic of Anvaing and Berlière castles adds to the beauty in which the region takes such pride. Life in the Hill Country is also rich and paced by strong local traditions. So, the year is studded with holidays and celebrations showcasing folk traditions and local products.
Tourists are coming in greater and greater numbers to discover this land famous for its fine eating, centuries-old landscapes, and strong traditions.
A nature park – Parc naturel du Pays des Collines – was created to protect all these riches in 1997. It brings together the municipalities of Ellezelles, Flobecq, Mont-de-l’Enclus, Frasnes-lez-Anvaing, and Ath (Houtaing, Mainvault, and Ostiches).
The Hill Country is more than a territory with rich plant and animal resources. It is a land of know-how and inspiration.