Endless beaches with seductively white sand that roll in the beautiful blue sea; an extensive dune-like landscape with free-living animals and a diverse flora: Welcome to part 5 of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route. This time, you'll bike through dreamy, dense forest, past long green dikes, colorful flower fields, branched canals and dead straight dams.
This part of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route runs for about 400 miles (650 kilometers) through the Netherlands and Belgium on beautifully smooth cycleway, perfect for a smooth ride. A mere tenth of the full 3,750-mile (6,000-kilometer) long cycle path, the full route takes you through Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Great Britain. In eight stages, we introduce you to the Dutch and Belgian portion of the ride, which takes you from Bad Nieuweschans in the Netherlands to De Panne in Belgium.
As Belgium and the Netherlands are both incredibly bike-friendly nations, you can expect immaculate cycling infrastructure on your visit. On your ride, you'll find numerous places to stay, great cycle paths, relaxed beach bars and beautiful cafes. Arrival and departure is also very easy: There is a train station both at the starting point in Bad Nieuweschans and at the destination of the ride in De Panne, so you can simply take the train home again or back to the airport if you're flying.
If you have more than eight days or if the individual stages are too long for you, you can simply customize the length of each stage to your own preferences. In fact, due to the abundance of towns, villages and campsites along the route that you can use as starting points/destinations, you can customize this route to your heart's content, safe in the knowledge that you'll always find a place to recharge after a day in the saddle. Of course, you can also combine this part of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route with other segments of the full trail, and turn this 8-day bike ride into a full-on, multinational adventure.
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Last updated: December 3, 2021
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In the town of Bad Nieuweschans the bike tour starts on the North Sea Cycle Route. The place is located in the Netherlands on the border with Germany and is easily accessible by train. In addition, the last stage of the German North Sea Cycle Route ends in Bad Nieuweschans, so you can continue here.
Even today, it remains flat on the way from Warffum to Ferwert, which is why the 69-kilometer route is quite uncomplicated to drive.
Shortly after Warffum you come through the small town Pieterburen, where there is a seal breeding station. A visit to the cute howlers is a real highlight and will definitely…
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87 kilometers lead you today on completely flat terrain from Ferwert to Den Oever. The cycle path meanders through the rural area near the coast, past the typical canals, the wide fields, which stretch flat to the horizon, and tranquil villages on the way.
Then the cycle path meets the North Sea coast…
After the last three stages were completely flat, you can look forward to a few small climbs on the 86 kilometer tour from Den Oever to Wijk aan Zee, which will lead you through beautiful dunes.
First you drive from Den Oever on the still flat section to the southwest, until you hit the west coast of…
Today, a particularly beautiful stage awaits you, which will take you 80 kilometers from Wijk aan Zee to the town with the unusual name of Monster. Most of the way you drive through fascinating dune landscape again.
From Wijk aan Zee you first cycle through a small conurbation that spreads around the…
From Monster it goes today on 83 miles across several dams to Burgh-Haamstede. The route is pleasantly flat, but there is plenty of variety on the way and a lot to see.
From Monster it goes to the Rhine-Maas-Delta, where you meet the port of Rotterdam. Here you can enjoy a ferry ride a bit through the…
Today, the last stage in the Netherlands and the border crossing to Belgium are already on the agenda. From Burgh-Haamstede you cycle 97 kilometers to Knokke in Belgium.
On the way along the North Sea coast, you will once again be able to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful nature of the Netherlands. Right…
The final stage of the bike tour through the Netherlands and Belgium takes you 75 kilometers from Knokke to De Panne along the Belgian North Sea coast. It goes past beautiful beaches, glamorous promenades and pretty coastal towns.
Right at the beginning you will pass the beautiful beach of Knokke-Heist…
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