Les Argales is an outdoor leisure, nature and sports activity centre at Rieulay (9 km).
The Maison du Terril is at Les Argales outdoor activity centre at Rieulay. Its slag heap, the highest flattened slag heap in Europe, covers 140 hectares. Its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes it an exceptional place to deal with the subject of environmental protection and the promotion and reconversion of the mining areas of the Nord. Its footpaths and cycle paths, its 10 hectares of leisure space, its lake with swimming area and lifeguard presence, make it a unique sporting and leisure activity centre.
A few words from visitors
« A wonderful visit which took us back (but not that far !) into the past of an industry of major importance in France.
The reconstitution of the visit of this historic site is absolutely amazing.
After a family outing here, the following day we all watched the film Germinal at home, a faithful representation of the extremely harsh living conditions of the period.
I thoroughly recommend it !»…
How to get to Lewarde ?
By road : via A1 from Paris, exit for Douai onto N50, then immediately exit for Cambrai onto D643 and follow signs for Centre Historique Minier.
Coming from Lille via A1 or Lens via A21 :
Follow Douai, then immediately exit for Cambrai onto D643 and follow signs for Centre Historique Minier.
Coming from Valenciennes via A2 :
Follow Douai, then exit for Aniche onto D645 and follow signs for Centre Historique Minier.
SatNav : 50.3342515 3.1687816 OR N50°20’3.305 E3°10’7.614
By rail : to Douai by TGV from Paris (1¼ hours). Frequent TGV trains via Lille.
Discover the Nord département and its ‘absolute musts’ with Gites de France Nord : Parc du Val Joly, Cassel, Lille, Roubaix and the Villa Cavrois, the seaside resort of Malo Les Bains."