Dag 3: Van Leerdam naar Eindhoven – LF7 Oeverlandroute
Includes ferry crossings
Check ferry timetable.
3 in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Sabina Knezevic - Farawayistan planned a bike ride.
June 17, 2021
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.From Leerdam you cycle through the beautiful open landscape along the Linge and after 10 kilometers you take the ferry over the Waal to Brakel. You can see the wide floodplain well from the water. In Brakel you will find the Estate Brakel, with an old vegetable garden full of rare plants and the remains of the castle in the middle of the forest.Cycle further into the river basin of the Meuse. The route takes you across the Dead Maasarm with the ferry from Nederhemert. This ferry does not sail on Sundays, so if you cycle this route on Sunday, cross the road to Veen at Aalst. You then skip Castle Nederhemert. The castle itself is only open to the public during Heritage Day. That's the second weekend in September. In the immediate vicinity of the castle it is beautiful to cycle.Fortunately, you cycle through Heusden every day anyway. Halfway through the last century this was still a dilapidated town, but Heusden has been completely renovated in the old style. You cycle on the cobbled streets past 17th-century facades, and of course the reconstructed fortifications with three ramparts and two city gates. The cozy center with its beautiful streets invites you for a lunch break. Pause here or in the equally pleasant 's-Hertogenbosch, which you will visit 20 kilometers further.Cycle past the impressive St. John's Cathedral, which took 150 years to build. This imposing cathedral was built between 1350 and 1530 and towers over the city. You cycle over the gravel of the Bossche Broek out of the pleasant city. You will soon follow the course of the Dommel. The Dommel is 120 kilometers long, 35 km of which flows in Limburg Belgium and 85 km in North Brabant. In 's-Hertogenbosch the rivers Aa and Dommel come together to form the Dieze. The Dieze eventually flows into the Meuse.Cycle further through the green outskirts of Den Bosch and see how the landscape is slowly changing. The forests are increasingly interspersed with heather. The environment here is beautifully green anyway. The highlight is the fantastic nature reserve De Scheeken where you cycle through the poplar forest and imagine yourself in a fairytale. East of Best you cycle over the Nieuwe Heide and then it is time to cross the A50 motorway with the cyclist bridge to the final destination of the day: Eindhoven.
June 20, 2021