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Beach, sea and dunes – LF Coastal Route in the Netherlands

Sabina Knezevic - Farawayistan

Beach, sea and dunes – LF Coastal Route in the Netherlands

Bike Touring Collection by Sabina Knezevic - Farawayistan

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

386 mi

3,600 ft

3,600 ft

You could easily define the Dutch coast as iconic. BLØF, a Dutch rock band, made a beautiful tribute to the coastline in one of their songs (originally written in Dutch): “the salty sea sighs deeply. Above the flat land, the air silently trembles.” This sounds just like a beautiful summer’s day in the province of Zeeland. The Dutch coastline is a pearl in itself. All along the coast, you can find cosy seaside towns.

Of course, a day at the beach is great, for example in the coastal city of Vlissingen, Scheveningen seaside resort or Bergen aan Zee town. But why not visit all of the well-known seaside towns on an 11-day cycling trip? The LF Coastal Route showcases our versatile coast in 11 stages – a fantastic trip along the entire Wadden Sea and North Sea coastlines.

This LF Coastal Route is 610 km (379 miles) long and clearly signposted in both directions. You can choose for yourself if you cycle from north to south or vice-versa. The signs tell you which way you are riding: from Cadzand-Bad to Bad Nieuweschans or Bad Nieuweschans to Cadzand-Bad. It’s a good idea to check if there are any diversions or closures before setting off. You can check here (in Dutch language): nederlandfietsland.nl/lf-routes/actuele-info/lf-kustroute.

Another practical tip: cycling holding your mobile phone in your hands is forbidden in the Netherlands. If you’re using your phone to navigate, make sure you have a good phone holder so you avoid a hefty fine.

The route is divided into Tours of up to 75 kilometres (65 miles) and the last day is the shortest at 25 kilometres (15.5 miles). The coast can be quite windy, so you need to be relatively fit or consider an e-bike. However, with a bit of luck, you might have a tailwind! Along the route, you find plenty of places where you can replenish your energy and recharge your battery. At the end of each stage, you will find a holiday cottage, hotel room or campsite.

You pedal along the Wadden coast, through splendid, wide-open salt marshes, authentic towns, mounds and wierden. Let the wind carry you along the long, pleasant dunes and beaches of North Holland experience the varied coastal region in South Holland. Impressive bridges and waterworks link the islands of South Holland and Zeeland. This route offers new surprising Dutch beauty every day as you ride from border to border.

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  • Difficult
    01:52
    25.1 mi
    13.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You probably have to change a few times, but the train is certainly the easiest way to reach the starting point Bad Nieuweschans complete with bike and luggage. The bike is allowed outside rush hour, as long as you buy a ticket for it.

    

    Bad Nieuweschans is located on the German border and you cycle 610

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    37.1 mi
    13.7 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This part of the Groningen Wadden coast, the route runs through one of the quietest and least populated parts of the Netherlands with villages on wierden, the Groningen name for mounds. Terps and wierden are man-made hills, where residents could flee extremely high tide. Later whole villages were built

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    35.5 mi
    10.9 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today there is again plenty of natural beauty and splendor to be seen. The route goes through the National Park Lauwersmeer. Bird watchers can indulge themselves here. Above, around and on the lake you can spot a huge variety of fauna.

    

    This nature reserve is also very popular with waders. The birds, of

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    44.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hopefully there is still enough energy in the legs, because today there is a Tour of more than seventy kilometers on the program. Inside the dikes, outside the dikes, below the dikes and above the dikes. You will see a lot of dikes. On the dikes you have a wide view of the gigantic salt marsh area, the

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  • Intermediate
    04:20
    46.6 mi
    10.8 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today another long distance Tour. But the bicycle bus over the Afsluitdijk takes over 35 kilometers of the work. Normally you cycle on the immense dike that separates the IJsselmeer from the Wadden Sea. But as long as it is closed for work, the free bicycle bus runs. You can find the bus timetable heredeafsluitdijk.nl/fietsbus-dienstregeling

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    33.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Den Helder you no longer pedal along the Wadden Sea, but along the North Sea! And there is more to life in, on and around this North Sea than meets the eye. The North Sea is packed with plants and animals. Gulls and guillemots fish this out with the greatest of ease, thanks to their white bellies

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    38.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    From Egmond the LF Coastal Route continues through the North Holland Dune Reserve. A beautiful nature reserve with dunes, forests, lakes and of course sandy beaches. The Scottish highlanders and konik horses you see grazing here work hard to keep the dunes and grasslands short. It is mandatory to buypwn.nl/duinkaartkopen

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  • Intermediate
    03:48
    39.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today's Tour runs along the South Holland coast. Yesterday, perhaps even unnoticed, you passed the provincial border from North to South Holland. South Holland is the most densely populated region in the Netherlands and that is noticeable on a beautiful summer day. Fortunately, the cycling infrastructure

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    35.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For those who thought that the wind was already blowing hard in the north of the Netherlands, a nice surprise awaits in the south. If you are lucky you will cross the Delta Works today with a tailwind.

    

    After you have passed the Voornes Duin and Rockanje you cross the Haringvlietdam, the sixth building

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    35.5 mi
    12.8 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A tour along all the coastal provinces not only introduces you to all the beauty that the Netherlands has to offer. It also provides a nice insight into the local dialects. And the Zeelanders themselves naturally think "dzeeuwse taele is the most beautiful taele of oalemaele!"

    

    Enjoy not only the Zeeland

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  • Easy
    01:24
    15.7 mi
    11.2 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    After a look at the Sluis van Vlissingen you make the crossing over the Western Scheldt to Breskens. The ticket price and timetable can be found on the website westerscheldeferry.nl. After less than half an hour of getting a breath of fresh air on board you are already on the other side.

    

    Drive past the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    386 mi
  • Duration
    34:44 h
  • Elevation
    3,600 ft3,600 ft

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