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Rieulay - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nord

Rieulay is a mining town suburban areas under the influence of the industrial sector Somain-Pecquencourt but is also a rural town in the valley of the Scarpe its boundary with the mining area.

The village opens to Marchiennes a feature of the wet valley agricultural and natural area classified as an area of ​​ecological interest flora and fauna, justifying his membership in the Regional Natural Park Scarpe Escaut.

This town also has on its territory the largest flat heap of Nord-Pas-de-Calais with 140 ha.

Locality Rieulay existed long before the year 800 through a Gallo-Roman villa. At the end of the 12th century, the Chevalier Pierre Douay became the possessor. He built in 1215 a castle and a chapel in 1217.

In 1712, during the Battle of Denain, the Austrians had established their camp on the outskirts of Rieulay and stored supplies and ammunition along the Scarpe.

During the Revolutionary period, the population of Rieulay was calm, the chapel was spared and became a parish church in the Concordat of 1804.

Finally, during the two world wars, Rieulay suffered invasions and German occupations. It was released October 19, 1918 by English troops and September 2, 1944 by U.S. troops.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude50.3789900 (N 50° 22’ 44”)
Longitude3.2539930 (E 3° 15’ 14”)
AltitudeFrom 16m to 27m
Surface area7.29 km²
Population1385 inhabitants
Density189 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLille (53 km, 39 min)
Insee code59501
IntercommunalityCC Coeur d'Ostrevent [c.C.C.O.]

Nearest cities & towns

Bruille-lez-Marchiennes2.6 km (4 min)
Vred3.1 km (5 min)
Pecquencourt4.4 km (6 min)
Somain4.4 km (6 min)
Écaillon4.8 km (7 min)
Marchiennes5.3 km (6 min)
Masny6.1 km (10 min)
Fenain6.4 km (10 min)
Wandignies-Hamage7.4 km (11 min)
Abscon8.6 km (9 min)
Warlaing8.8 km (13 min)
Aniche9 km (12 min)
Lallaing9.1 km (11 min)
Bouvignies9.3 km (11 min)
Loffre9.4 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

The House of the heap, museum on the history of coal mining and geology.

The pond Argalis and its leisure at the foot of the heap.

The heap: It is made from the early 20th century by the sterile products Somain neighboring pits and Pecquencourt, gradually covering a wetland and woodland bordering the village to the west and forming a continuous screen of 25 m high . Built largely before the invention of washing, it contains a significant proportion of combustible material, which justified its use by the Coal Mines Basin Nord-Pas-de-Calais from 1975. This operation was used to recover coal that was used for the operation of thermal power Hornaing. The treatment was 7 000 tons a day! Use this operation with the railway does not allow development. In 1977, the Mayor got a test to be conducted along the farm where a pond was dug. He showed that rehabilitation could quickly lead to a new landscape. Exemplary collaboration between the municipality and the company Tercharnor helped organize a redevelopment of wasteland as and when its operation. The heap has followed three lines of development: economic and cultural, tourism and leisure environment.

The Castle: The moats were fed by a diversion of Great Traitoire, the gap of 24 feet and by the flowing nearby. The buildings were composed of 3 large round towers topped with domes of brick. The tower was made of 4 large wings covered with slate. The construction extends from 1207 to 121: it is the feudal castle Rieulay, which built his mansion in the Flemish in the mid 16th century.

The pigeon: Built between 1705 and 1708, it is in place and place of the old dungeon. It consists of a square tower of brick and limestone, topped by an octagonal turret with a slate roof. It was bought by the Compagnie des Mines d'Aniche into housing Houllières National Guards until 1969. Released in 1970, he eventually became property of the Scarpe Escaut Nature Park and turned into a cottage. He is listed as a historic monument since December 19, 1973. There was also supposed, the farm of the castle, where you can see today that the portal arch leading to the school.

Events and festivities

Fl'Aureily: flower festival, local produce and sustainable development in May.

Cultural decade in November.

Farmers' Market: 2nd Sunday of each month.

Farmers' Market: Structure development and marketing of local produce, open Tuesday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..


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Lake and nature reserve
Lake and nature reserve
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Monday 25 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 19°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 21°C
Wednesday 27 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit the belfry of Lille's City Hall with an audioguide
Culture and education8 € Lille (30 km)
Koezio, indoor adventure game
Entertainment18 € to 26 € Villeneuve-d'Ascq (31 km)
Daytime Bus Tour: Must-See Lille
Culture and education12 € Lille (32 km)
Lille old town guided walking tour
Culture and education10 € Lille (32 km)
Lille pass: visits, transport, monuments and museums included
Culture and education25 € Lille (32 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Battle of Le Cateau
HikeEasy5h30Le Cateau-Cambrésis (37 km)


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