Dutch Tour

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Dutch Tour

Postby pete75 » 12 Jan 2018, 6:37pm

Any suggestions for a five day tour in Holland. Starting and ending at the Hook.

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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby LinusR » 12 Jan 2018, 8:08pm

My favourites: Delft, Delft Haven in Rotterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, Amsterdam (as long as it is outside of peak tourist time) and Hoge Veluwe National Park. Also the cycle ride alongside the dunes heading north from the Hook.

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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby mjr » 12 Jan 2018, 8:24pm

http://cycle.travel/map/journey/31123 http://cycle.travel/map/journey/31120 http://cycle.travel/map/journey/31121 and http://cycle.travel/map/journey/52181. That's Hook-Noordwijkerhout for Keukenhof-Soest for Utrecht-Dordrecht-Delft-Hook Add a round trip to Amsterdam between days 1&2 to make 5. Accommodation on those tracks is stayok hostels. Hope it helps!
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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby mercalia » 12 Jan 2018, 9:56pm

this is some thing i want to do before we leave the eu so any ideas welcome esp camping or yha

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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby m-gineering » 12 Jan 2018, 10:03pm

Why not be more specific? It does make a difference if you think 30 miles is a full days work or time to get breakfast.
You might find some pointers in the link below

Touring advice for NL: www.m-gineering.nl/touringg.htm

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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby foxyrider » 13 Jan 2018, 5:40pm

There are plenty of campsites in the summer season. I did a five day tour last September which took me down to the Belgian border (from the Hook there is a ferry which takes you across the waterway to go south.) previously i've gone north, a couple of easy days would certainly see you up Amsterdam direction but I would advise against camping at Alkmaar - they whack the price up at will, I had to pay twice the advertised rate for no apparent reason.

With a little research you can find lots to see and do from railway museums to windmill spotting to excellent wildlife reserves, beaches and an awful lot more.
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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby Slowroad » 14 Jan 2018, 8:48pm

Well worth joining https://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/ for small cycle-friendly campsites.
Totally recommend Netherlands for cycling!
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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby Tangled Metal » 14 Jan 2018, 9:08pm

We just cycled from Newcastle ferry north along the dunes. A detour Inland a little bit up there there were less campsites on the Eastern side.

Of by Alkmaar you mean the small campsite with that name and a man made beach on the little river then its avoid that. We had our 4 year old and the playground there was lethal. Everything in the playground was falling apart or was wooden and splintering. It was a nice enough campsite though.

BTW with a 4 year old who wanted to do the riding for himself it's a great country to cycle in. Another world! Mind you we didn't go far each day so not got any good advice for a proper tourer doing more distance. We liked a campsite at Callantsoog. Can't remember it's name but it's through the town and a little inland. It's got a lot of facilities including a swimming pool, restaurant, shop, several playgrounds, a fitness area with various equipment to exercise on and more. A big site in the European style I think.

Den helder maritime museum is worth visiting IMHO.

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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby steady eddy » 15 Jan 2018, 12:25pm

We had a great week touring south Holland and Zeeland around the islands, doing just over 200 miles - we are slow and like to stop to look and eat - you could easily get round in 5 days. Out of holiday times the islands are largely deserted of tourists. Lots of good value band b on Hotel.com. or empty campsites. Don't rely on the local ferries before the holidays start - we had a bit of a detour as the service didn't start until the following week.
If you get the foot ferry from the Hook to Matvalaske over the other side of the water then you are out in to the countryside on traffic free cycle routes in no time.
Middleburg is attractive and well worth a visit.

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Re: Dutch Tour

Postby pete75 » 18 Jan 2018, 9:36am

m-gineering wrote:Why not be more specific? It does make a difference if you think 30 miles is a full days work or time to get breakfast.
You might find some pointers in the link below

We don't plan to do vast distances - around 50 miles a day.