Sabina Knezevic - Farawayistan

Fantastic cycling along Dutch waterways — LF7 Overland

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Fantastic cycling along Dutch waterways — LF7 Overland

Bike Touring Collection by Sabina Knezevic - Farawayistan

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

240 mi

2,875 ft

2,750 ft

One of my favourite things is to ride alongside water. Whether it’s along the coast, canals or cycling around lakes, taking the ferry across the big rivers and crossing drawbridges over small streams, there’s simply nothing better. In my coastal Collection, 'Beach, sea and dunes', I take you on the LF Kustroute (komoot.nl/collection/1132606). But away from our lengthy coastline, there are more beautiful watersides to discover. In this overland route, you’ll see the Netherlands from a completely different side: the river and lakeside.

Cycle diagonally through the Netherlands from north to south along the banks of the Uitgeestermeer lake, the rivers Zaan, IJmeer, Amstel, Vecht, as well as the Amsterdam-Rhine and the Merwede canals. In Brabant, you cycle alongside the Dommel river and the Eindhovens Canal. In the final stage, you ride into Belgium along the banks of the river Maas and the Albert Canal .

Of course, Holland and water go hand in hand. On the way, you'll pass our iconic mills, pumping stations, polders, dykes, flood defences and the extraordinary sights of the New Dutch Waterline. You often cycle on high dykes too, giving you a chance to enjoy beautiful views.

With 386 kilometres (240 mi), it is definitely a multi-day cycling adventure. I have divided the route over five stages, with an average of 80 kilometres (50 mi) per day. With an average speed of 17 kilometres per hour (11 mph), you’ll be in the saddle for five hours on each stage. You can, of course, break the routes down to any distance you like.

If you would prefer to take it a bit easier and have more time to see the sights, I recommend you use the accommodation search in the Komoot route planner. Particularly in the high season, it’s worthwhile booking hotels and B&Bs in advance. Most campsites will have a space available for a touring cyclist.

For centuries, the Dutch have had a relationship with water that is unique in the world. Discover it for yourself on your journey from the North Sea near Schoorl to the hills near Maastricht.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:20
    45.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    500 ft
    550 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The Oeverland Route starts right by the sea, in the dunes near Schoorl. The nearest train station is in Alkmaar, from there it is about 10 kilometers to the start …

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  • Difficult
    05:15
    55.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    550 ft
    575 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The second stage of the Oeverland Route is the longest of the five cycling days at 90 kilometers. You cycle from Amsterdam via Utrecht to Leerdam. Those who prefer to take it a little easier (or who have headwinds) can of course divide this stage into two days. My suggestion is to spend the night at the quiet Maarssen after 45 kilometers or at a real fortress just before Utrecht.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    52.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    525 ft
    475 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Leerdam has been the glass capital of the Netherlands for centuries. You can visit the National Glass Museum or the Glassworks. Now I don't know if it's so convenient to stock up on a glass souvenir here. Soon it will bounce apart in the bicycle bag. If you still want to take a souvenir from Leerdam, I recommend a nice piece of Leerdammer cheese.

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    47.3 mi
    10.3 mph
    400 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today you cycle through beautiful nature reserves from North Brabant to Limburg. You leave Eindhoven and cycle along the Eindhoven Canal to Mierlo. From there you cycle through the heath …

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  • Intermediate
    03:51
    38.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    875 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage of the Oeverland Route runs along the Belgian west bank of the Grensmaas. Between Thorn and Maastricht, the river forms a natural border between the Netherlands and …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    240 mi
  • Duration
    23:04 h
  • Elevation
    2,875 ft2,750 ft

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