To paraphrase Napoleon: “From the heights of these terrils, 100 years of mining look down on us”. Terril comes from the word tèrri in the Walloon language, which by 1300 was already used to describe the pile of earth and stone that was dug up to operate the mine. There are 340 coal terrils in the region, the biggest of which peaks at 188 metres and is found in Loos-en-Gohelle. So much for being flat country. From atop the Terril du Pays à Part, in Haillicourt, the panoramic views of the Tour-Lanterne in Notre-Dame de Lorette, Lille and Monts de Flandre in the distance are breath-taking. A truly special bird’s-eye view, 180 metres in the sky.