Maisnil-les-Ruitz_Luge au Parc d'Olhain © Brigitte Baudesson-OT Béthune BruayMaisnil-les-Ruitz_Luge au Parc d'Olhain © Brigitte Baudesson - OT Béthune Bruay
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Exciting luge descents in the heart of Parc d’Olhain

Are you and the kids ready for a shot of adrenalin? It’s guaranteed when you visit the all-season luge run in Parc d’Olhain near Béthune, north of Paris. This thrilling ride, which guarantees laughter and wide grins, is sure to get the little ones’ hearts racing, creating hair-raising memories as a family.

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Thrills and laughter

People come to Parc d’Olhain to experience a wide range of outdoor activities in fresh forest air. It’s a fun day out to delight both young and old.

You’ll need to climb just a little to make the most of this green countryside. That’s because this exciting luge run is installed on the side of a hill – complete with an incredible view over Chateau d’Olhain. The luge offers a ride of more than 3280 feet (1km), with 2132 feet (650 metres) of vertiginous descent. Don’t worry, though – it’s extremely safe. This is a rolling luge with wheels that guide you down the whirlwind course of twists and turns – the gradient promises speed and exhilaration all the way. Hang on in particular through the ‘flip-flap’ and ‘waves’ sections! Everyone aged three and over can ride, making it an adventurous activity for all the family. As the name suggests, the course is open all year round, although hours may vary depending on the season. On site: leisure parc and adventure trail in the forest. Looking for an unusual family friendly accommodation? Look no further, you can sleep on-site, in a perched nest!

Local's tip

Micheline LemayMicheline Lemay
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Climb to the top of the slag heaps at Loos-en-Gohelle, Pinchonvalles or Haillicourt


From time to time I like to take my young kids to the twin slag heaps of Loos-en-Gohelle, the most emblematic in the region. At 186 metres, they are some of the highest in Europe. You can walk freely – and safely – on them, even over the final part of the ascent, which is quite steep with gullies. Other remarkable sites in the area include the flat-topped slag heap of Pinchonvalles – the longest in Europe – and the inspiring heap in Haillicourt where local wine producers are now cultivating vines and producing wine. It’s quite a surprise to see a vineyard on the side of a slag heap!

Micheline, greeter and expert on mining heritage

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