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Zuiderwaterlinie – history, culture, cobbles & gravel

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Zuiderwaterlinie – history, culture, cobbles & gravel

Bike Touring Collection by FATPIGEONcc

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

216 mi

2,000 ft

1,975 ft

For centuries the Zuiderwaterlinie (southern waterline) in Brabant, a historic Province of Belgium, served to protect the country against attacks. If the enemy came too close, the land would be flooded. Inundation, we call that these days. The waterline runs all the way from the city of Bergen op Zoom in the south-west to Grave in the north-east of Brabant.

Everywhere along the line, you find traces of an eventful past. The powder vapours in the fortified towns have disappeared by now, but the walls, ramparts and cannons are still there. Beautiful city monuments serve as reminders of times when soldiers still guarded the gates. You can still visit many of these monuments.

This Zuiderwaterlinie route is a 290-kilometre (180 mile) ride through fortified towns, forts and their surrounding countryside in Brabant.

The route follows the Brabant junction network. Along the way, you can follow the star-shaped symbol that waymarks the Zuiderwaterlinie. Some parts, such as over the ramparts, lead along footpaths. Look at the route profile and get off and push here if necessary as you share the path with other road users.

Each Tour is around 100 to 120 kilometres (62 to 74 miles) long, but you can split the distance too. The route is perfect for bikepacking. The region has plenty of places to stay overnight, you can find them on well-known booking platforms.

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Zuiderwaterlinie – history, culture, cobbles & gravel

217 mi

2,025 ft

2,000 ft

Last updated: December 13, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Bergen op Zoom naar Breda – Gravel en historie langs de Zuiderwaterlinie

    Difficult
    08:12
    73.9 mi
    9.0 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This is an all road route: we cycled on our gravel bikes, but there are also quite a few paved roads in the route. That is why you could ride the route with at least 28 mm tires, but for more comfort we decided to take our gravel bikes ourselves.

    

    Get ready for many different fortresses. Some are surrounded

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  • Difficult
    06:54
    67.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Ferry
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This route mainly takes you along the Zuiderwaterlinie, but also has other gems in store. Officially, the northern loop in this stage, including Loevestein Castle and Woudrichem, is part of another defense line: the Dutch Waterline. But because we love the story and the sights of this area, we have included

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  • Difficult
    08:31
    74.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Over cobblestones, gravel and tight asphalt roads you make your way through beautiful nature reserves and past old cities. We rode this route on our gravel bikes, but a road bike with a wider tire (minimum 28mm) should get the job done too.

    

    Dykes and narrow forest roads lead you to some of the largest

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    216 mi
  • Duration
    23:37 h
  • Elevation
    2,000 ft1,975 ft

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