I love walking, especially with my dog. It’s so refreshing to be in nature, to hear the rustle of the trees, the birds singing and the quiet solitude of the forest.
My favourite walking trail is definitely the CBR which stands for Chemin de Fer de la Banlieue de Reims – a former railway line spanning over 400 kms and connecting 180 villages in the Champagne region. It was built in 1894 and played a very important role during the first World War carrying ammunitions, materials and indeed the wounded.
This is an old picture of the station in Verzy which is now a private house. The stations are easy to recognise because they all look the same, built to the same specification. However, as time went on, the railway network was used less and less, and like many European suburban railways, was sadly dismantled in 1966.
But what’s left is over 400kms of trails for us to enjoy on foot or on bicyle around the region.