Cycling: 14 highlights of the new Dutch Coastal Route

The LF routes (Long Distance Cycle Routes) have been popular with holiday cyclists for over thirty years. The Dutch Coastal Route combines the LF1 and LF10 and runs from Cadzand-Bad in Zeeland via Den Helder to Bad Nieuweschans in Groningen. We made you an overview of the most beautiful highlights and best stops.

1. Unwind in Lock
Start your cycling adventure in the friendly town of Sluis. Here you can enjoy local local dishes, stroll around the ramparts and enjoy shopping. Also visit the Belfry of Lock. In this building you can admire art and other exhibitions.

The medieval fortress town of Sluis is a pleasant starting point of the LF Coastal Route.

2. Blow out on the beaches of Goeree-Overflakkee
Don’t you like crowded beaches? Then cycle to Ouddorp, the tip of the island of Goeree-Overflakkee. Here you will find about 16 dune crossings over which you can reach the beach on bicycle. Too many tourists? Cross a random beach crossing, walk left or right for five minutes, and you’ll be virtually alone in nature.

On the beaches of Goeree-Overflakkee you can enjoy the peace and space

3. Walk in the Voornse Duinen
The south Dutch (schier) island of Voorne-Putten is characterized by a special dune landscape. Voornes Duin is a young, lime-rich dune that dates back to the late Middle Ages. You can enjoy flowery dune valleys, dry dune grasslands and natural dune lakes such as Quackjeswater and The Wide Water. Also visit the beach village of Rockanje. This coastal town has a rich history and a beautiful, wide North Sea beach.

Voornes Duin is a paradise for nature lovers.

4. Go on safari in the Amsterdam Water pipe dunes
The Amsterdam Water Pipe Dunes are one of the largest dune areas in the Netherlands. Although the area is actually intended for the extraction of drinking water for the Amsterdam region, it is also a beautiful landscape for cycling or walking. Through the forests, sand areas, marshy valleys and dry plains you feel like you are on safari. Bring your binoculars and spot breeding and reed birds, blackberry veils, reed singers and foxes.

Anyone visiting the Amsterdam Water pipe dunes can come face to face with wild foxes.

5. Spot fallow deer in South Kennemerland National Park
Between Zandvoort and IJmuiden you cycle along the dynamic dune area of South Kennemerland National Park. Here you can spot fallow deer against the undulating dune peaks and endless hiking. Along the way, you’ll encounter lakes, forests, and viewpoints.

In het Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland kun je verborgen meren ontdekken.

6. Read a pit stop in Haarlem
If you feel like a cup of coffee along the way, you should be in Haarlem. Thanks to the atmospheric city centre, cosy restaurants and famous museums, it is good to stay here. You’ll find hidden courtyards, medieval buildings and surprising boutiques. If you stay a little longer, visit the antique market and one of the many hip concept stores.

The historic town of Haarlem is lovely to enjoy a terrace.

7. Visit the North Holland Dune Reserve
The Noordhollands Dune Reserve is one of the largest nature reserves in our country. The landscape is interspersed with oak forests, dune valleys and dune peaks of sometimes up to 30 meters high. Nature lovers can spot Scottish Highlanders, partridges and eels here. For €1.80 you get a day ticket and you can enjoy the quiet surroundings.

The Noordhollands Dune Reserve is characterised by a very varied landscape.

8. Storm the Schoorlse Dunes
Do you like a bit of climbing and descending? Then climb the Schoorlse Duinen, the highest dune area in The Netherlands, with a topper of more than 55 meters. Here you have plenty of room to blow out. A century ago there was one big sandbox here, but now there are different bird species, mushrooms grow and sand lizards live there.

In the Schoorlse Duinen you can climb dunes and enjoy yourself

9. Follow the Wadden Sea Route
The Wadden Sea route from Callantsoog to Bad Nieuweschans runs through one of the most sparsely populated parts of the Netherlands. Here you can quietly cycle through historic mound villages and discover the former wadden island of Wieringen.

The remaining bunkers on the Afsluitdijk near Kornwerderzand are worth a visit

11. Relax in Harlingen
If you want to catch your breath, you can make a stop in the port city of Harlingen. The friendly atmosphere that prevails here gives you an instant holiday feeling. Moreover, it is the ideal place to get acquainted with Frisian culture. The city has 517 national monuments, so there is plenty to discover. If you want to give an extra touch to your stay, you can spend the night in Harlingen in a lighthouse, old lifeboat or in a converted harbour crane.

In the port city of Harlingen you automatically get a holiday feeling

12. Go wading at veerdam Holwerd
If you want to visit Ameland, you have to go north towards the ferry dam at Holwerd. Even if you don’t want to make the crossing, it’s worth taking a walk to this spring dam. The boarding point juts into the Wadden Sea, so you can look out over the marsh areas. Tip: if the boat has already left, you can also opt for the more adventurous option: wading. The Wadloopcentre Friesland organises wading runs to Ameland from the ferry dam.

The area around the ferry dam in Holwerd is beautiful for walking or cycling

13. Visit the fishing village of Moddergat
Moddergat is an old fishing village where you can learn more about the disappeared coastal fishing. The old fishermen’s cottages automatically make you feel nostalgic. A must-do is a visit to the open-air museum ‘It Fiskershuske’. Here you will learn all about the former fishing culture.

The old fishing houses give the village of Moddergat a unique character

14. Go back in time in the Menkemaborg
The Menkemaborg in Uithuizen is one of the few remaining Groningen deposits. A deposit is the Groningen variant of a castle, a fortified house of a gentleman’s farmer. Nowadays, the Menkemaborg serves as a museum. It gives an impressive picture of the living and living culture of the Groningen landjonkers in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the garden you will find one of the few original Dutch mazes.

In the Menkemaborg in Uithuizen you can learn more about the life of the Groningen landjonkers from the 17th century.

 

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