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Dutch landscapes from west to east – Middle of Holland Cycle Route

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Dutch landscapes from west to east – Middle of Holland Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Robin Patijn - Farawayistan

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

198 mi

3,450 ft

3,300 ft

The LF4 Middle of Holland Route (Midden-Nederlandroute) is a beautiful route along the horizontal axis, from the west to the east of the Netherlands. The route ties together several typical Dutch landscapes from beautiful parks and country estates near Wassenaar to cultural landscapes with forests in the Achterhoek. On the way, you can marvel at the landscapes of the Veluwe with its heaths and sand dunes. Throw some interesting cities like Utrecht and Arnhem into the mix and you have a wonderful cycle route right through the middle of the Netherlands.

With an average daily distance of 53 kilometres (33 miles) on well-maintained cycle paths, this route is suitable for every cyclist. The paths are almost completely flat, with the exception of some climbing over the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and in the Veluwezoom Nationaal Park. In the last two stages, you can expect some gravel paths and sand strips, but with normal trekking tyres, you need not worry.

Each stage ends at a location with at least one hotel, B&B or guesthouse. If you ride the Middle of Holland Route in spring or during the summer, I recommend reserving accommodation in advance. Although I haven’t taken camping into account in this Collection, the route is absolutely suitable for campers. If you prefer to sleep in a tent, check the locations of campsites along the route.

You can easily reach the starting point from anywhere in the Netherlands by train. The starting point of the route is just 100 metres (328 feet) from The Hague Central Station. The end point of the LF4 route is near Enschede station. From here, you can easily travel back home. If you prefer to travel to The Hague by car, take the train back to the starting point. Woerden, Utrecht and Arnhem also have train stations, allowing you to adjust the stages to suit your needs.

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LF4 Midden-Nederlandroute

198 mi

3,450 ft

3,325 ft

Last updated: December 20, 2021

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    Intermediate
    03:26
    37.0 mi
    10.8 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the LF4 Midden-Nederland route starts in the Hofstad. To be precise, close to the Binnenhof, the Hofvijver and The Hague Central station. Despite the fact that you start in the middle of a big city, you quickly roll through beautiful estates and parks between The Hague and Wassenaar

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    32.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    During the second stage of the LF4 Midden-Nederlandroute you will pass some unique highlights. Shortly after your departure from Woerden, you take a short detour and leave the contours of the Oude Rijn behind. After approximately ten kilometers you cycle on a beautiful narrow path that cuts its way through

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    32.2 mi
    10.4 mph
    900 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This third stage promises to be a challenging, but promising ride. For example, there are various climbs over the Utrechtse Heuvelrug on the program. There is also plenty to experience in natural beauty.

    

    Shortly after you got on at Langbroek, the road winds a few times to the left and to the right. But

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    35.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,150 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This fourth stage takes you from Doorwerth to Wichmond. Most of the day is characterized by forests and heathland of De Hoge Veluwe and Veluwezoom National Parks. A break between all the natural beauty is a visit to Arnhem.

    

    The first kilometers take you along the very southern edge of the Duno estate

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    32.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    500 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In this stage of the LF4 Midden-Nederlandroute you cycle through the typical cultural countries of the Achterhoek. Count on stately avenues with ancient trees and characteristic farms. After you have made a number of sharp turns, the cycle path directs you through the village of Vorden.

    

    During the part

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    29.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    475 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage winds its way through the nature reserves in the Twente region. The start is slightly south of Haaksbergen. Only five kilometers away you will already pass the first nature reserve of the day. The Buurserzand and Haaksbergerveen is a beautiful high moor area, which is quite rare in the Netherlands

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    198 mi
  • Duration
    19:15 h
  • Elevation
    3,450 ft3,300 ft

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