Kayak access

The descents of the Lesse are proposed every day, from 03/04/2021 to 31/10/2021, except on the 1st Saturday of June (05/06/2021) and in case of an unfavourable variation in the level of the Lesse. 

Check the following practicalities, while taking the date of your visit and your means of travel into account. 

We always recommend that you book in advance: you will receive full and personalised information and will be kept informed in case of any variation in the conditions of navigability. 

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You reach us by car  

You are expected at the arrival of the kayaks: rue du vélodrome 15 - 5500 Anseremme (DINANT)

A large free car park is at your disposal.

After picking up your tickets at the ticket’s office, you will take a shuttle to the departure point of your choice. 

Shuttle departure times vary according to the time of year and the destination.

Shuttle* departure from 04/04 to 30/04 :

  • The train to Houyet leaves at 10:20 am. 
  • The train to Gendron leaves at 10:20 - (11:20**) - 12:20

Shuttle* departure from 01/05 to 01/09 :

The train to Houyet leaves :

  • Monday to Friday at 08:25 - 09:25 - 10:25 - 11:25 [+ 12:25 by booking only].
  • Saturday and Sunday at 08:55 - 09:55 - 10:21 - 11:07 - 11:57 [+ 12:20 by booking only].

The train to Gendron leaves :

  • Monday to Friday at 08:25 - 09:25 - 10:25 - 11:25 - 12:25 - 13:25 [+ 14:25 by booking only].
  • Saturday and Sunday at 08:55 - 09:55 - 10:21 - 11:07 - 11:57 - 12:20 - 13:05 [+ 14:15 by booking only].

(At weekends, buses supplement the train departures).

Shuttle* departure from 02/09 to 29/09 :

The train to Houyet leaves :

  • From Monday to Friday at 09:25 - 10:25 - 11:25
  • Saturday and Sunday at 10:20 [+ 12:20 by booking only].(At weekends, buses supplement the train departures between 10:00 and 12:00).

The train to Gendron leaves :

  • Monday to Friday at 09:25 - 10:25 - 11:25 - 12:25 - 13:25
  • Saturday and Sunday at 10:20 - 12:20 [+ 14:20 by booking only].
    (At weekends, buses supplement the train departures between 10:00 and 14:00).

Shuttle* departure from 30/09 to 27/10 :  

  • The train to Houyet leaves at 10:20 am.  
  • The train to Gendron leaves at 10:20 - (11:20**) - 12:20

(*) SNCB trains - Dinant Evasion cannot be held responsible in case of delay or cancellation of the service. Details on www.belgianrail.be

(**) During the week only

 


 

You join us by coach

You are expected directly at the starting point of your choice. 

A large free car park is available to drop off the participants. The bus will then go and wait for them at the arrival in Anseremme. 

The opening hours of the boarding points are as follows: 

Boarding at Houyet :

Boarding is possible from 10:00 to 12:00 every day,
and from 09:30 to 13:00 from 16/06 to 15/09.

Boarding at Gendron :

Boarding is possible from 10:00 to 14:00 every day,
and from 09:30 to 14:30 from 16/06 to 15/09.


 

You join us by train

You are expected directly at the starting point of your choice. 

The stations of Houyet, Gendron and Anseremme are all less than 150m from our offices and paydesks.  

The opening hours of the boarding points are as follows: 

Boarding at Houyet :

Embarking is possible from 10:00 to 12:00 every day,
and from 09:30 to 13:00 from 16/06 to 15/09.

Boarding at Gendron :

Boarding is possible from 10:00 to 14:00 every day,
and from 09:30 to 14:30 from 16/06 to 15/09.

To keep your personal belongings dry, it is possible to leave 1 bag per person with our staff, who will bring it back for you at the arrival so that you don't get loaded in the kayak. 

No money or valuables or fragile items! All bags for the day are stored together and unattended. SA Dinant Evasion cannot be held responsible for any problems. 

On arrival of the kayaks, hot showers and changing rooms are free and directly accessible.  

The Anseremme train station is in the immediate vicinity. 

 DID YOU KNOW THAT ?
You can buy Excursion kayak tickets at the SNCB ticket office or via the website www.belgianrail.be
Discover the advantageous rates of the Discovery-ticket, a blue kayak + train combined tickets! 
 


 

Minimum age

Kayaking on the Lesse is an activity usually accessible to children from 5 years old accompanied by an adult, and from 12 years old alone in a single kayak..

Life jackets are free for all and in all sizes, on request. They are compulsory for children under 10 years old.

Depending on the weather conditions and the water level of the river, these restrictions may be temporarily adapted. 
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People with reduced mobility

Kayaking is an activity that is difficult to access for people with severely reduced mobility. 
Wearing a life jacket is compulsory for safety reasons.
 

Consult the detailed study on accessibility for people with disabilities.


 

Food

During your descent, several meal options are available:

If you bring your own picnic :

  • Make sure it fits in the sealed bucket that comes with the kayak (no cooler !).
  • No crate/pack/mini-barrel of beer or other alcohol
  • Leave no waste behind
  • Stop ONLY in areas where docking is specifically authorised.

 

To book a picnic or a delicious barbecue at the arrival :

Discover our multiple options and book without delay a pleasant moment of comfort after the effort!

Catering for groups

 


 

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