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The Great Keteleiland Adventure

Erwin Sikkens

The Great Keteleiland Adventure

Bike Touring Collection by erwinsikkens_com

2

Tours

11:22 h

138 mi

3,000 ft

A two day bikepacking adventure with hope for an overnight stay on the uninhabited Keteleiland.

Together with adventurer Eline, we set out from Arnhem hoping to make it to Keteleiland and spend the night there. A beautiful and largely unpaved trip through Veluwe and the surrounding floodplains, with hope for a boat crossing from the Buitenhaven harbour in Kampen.

However, an adventure is not an adventure without a few setbacks, and it turned out that arranging a crossing at the port was not possible. A golden tip and a telephone number helped us further; a few kilometers away we found our spontaneous crossing to Keteleiland.

As a special honor for the first bikepackers ever on the island, we slept that night in the house of the island manager, Anton. His place is a beautiful 1960's cabin on the waterfront without electricity or running water. Our day couldn't have ended better!

After a morning swim, coffee in the sun and a quiet crossing 30 minutes later, Eline and I were back in Buitenhaven harbour the next day. With a quiet and relaxing start and a delicious breakfast, we headed south again towards the Veluwe.

A beautiful second cycling day through nature followed. The great Keteleiland adventure was short in duration, but great in terms of experience!

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Tours & Highlights

  • 05:34
    68.6 mi
    12.3 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,400 ft

    The great Kettle Island adventure, chapter 1 - Boat hunt.In front of the Open Air Museum in Arnhem I meet Eline, the most adventurous lady I know. Together we …

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  • 05:48
    68.9 mi
    11.9 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,750 ft

    Wake up in Anton's idyllic manager's house on the otherwise uninhabited Keteleiland. A morning dive in the river next to it and a coffee in the sun, put on a gas appliance from the 60s ... it is better not to start a morning!Not much later I am chugging along with Eline and island manager Anton on his boat towards the Kamper outer harbor. A relaxed crossing of about 30 minutes in the morning sun.

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    Keteleiland

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Keteleiland is an uninhabited - but never deserted - island in the IJsseldelta.
    Island Manager Anton a.k.a. Kratse welcomes you to visit his island or even spend the night there to enjoy nature.

    His shelter "ut 'Keteltien" in the harbor mouth is open to everyone, including bikepackers. But how to get here by bike ... you will have to find out for yourself!

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    Gravelweg door de heide Deelerwoud

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Beautiful and remote gravel road through heather fields just north of Deelen, connecting the 'Kop van Deelen' with either 'Woeste Hoeve' or 'Loenermark' gravel sections. Famous for it's dead trees by the side of the road. There's also highlander cows walking around here + of course a beautiful view overall.

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    Kroondomein - Hofweg gravel

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Beautiful hard-pack gravel road, running through forest and heather fields in the 'Kroondomein het Loo' area. 'Kroondomein het Loo' form the official royal hunting grounds and are therefore closed of to the public from mid September to Christmas (unfortunately), so bare that in mind before planning your trip here.

    Also, please stay on the road here, as the area is former military practice grounds and the heather fields themselves are still full of explosives. Yikes!

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    Grindpad Staverden

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Great gravel road / Strade Bianche in the Staverden Estate. Great for gravel bikes, due to the loose sand probably tough on road racers. The scenery is amazing... fields, forest and farms. You get the feeling like you went back in time 100 years or more.

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    Strade Bianche Grevensweg

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Fine Strade Bianche gravel road hidden behind a farmyard, but still open to the public. The road cuts through maize fields towards the north, where it connects almost perfectly with the second part of the Grevensweg gravel road.

    Great for cycling for most bikes, but the condition of the road is of course dependent on the weather.

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    Gravel & graspad Stobbentocht

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Gravel in Flevoland ... it exists! A lovely straightforward gravel road with a piece of wood in the middle through a meadow. Then this easy to ride gravel road connects to the Reve-Abbertbos, where you can continue your ride.

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    Oude Buitenhaven - Kampen

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Beautiful old outer harbor of Kampen, just outside the old town. Partly filled with modern pleasure craft, but also home to the historic Kamper Kogge.
    The harbor itself is a delightful collection of old harbor buildings and feels like a place where time has stood still. You could also call it a small open-air museum.

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    Single track Zwolse Bos

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Nice single track through the Zwolse bos, part of the Hattem route. The singletrack goes up and down and has some nice curves to keep you entertained. Also great to ride on a gravel bike as the route is not very technical.

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    Gravelweg Paalweg

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Personally one of the most beautiful roads through the Crown Domain!

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    Gravelweg

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    UPDATE: Unfortunately, this path has recently become inaccessible to cyclists. Respect this and do not take advantage of this highlight.

    Just to the east of this highlight is the official MTB connection route between the Apeldoorn and the Rheden route. It is still legal to cycle.

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    Beautiful car-free gravel road in a piece of Forestry Commission (and therefore cyclists are welcome here). The gravel road is right next to the A50, but you don't notice much of this hustle and bustle. You are even in one of the more quiet places of the Veluwe, as this corner is often overlooked.
    Of course, the power poles that run parallel to the path are striking.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    2
  • Highlights
    10
  • Distance
    138 mi
  • Duration
    11:22 h
  • Elevation
    3,000 ft

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