Delft – Maassluis – Hoek van Holland – Wassenaar (75 km)

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One of my favourite standard routes is this one: Wassenaar – Delft – Maassluis – Hoek van Holland – Wassenaar (75 km). Often I try small variations, like last Saturday in Maassluis. It was market day and I could not cycle my standard route. This variation worked out rather well, but I had to get off my bike and walk a few metres to the bicycle path along the Nieuwe Waterweg. It seems as if they try to hide this attractive path as much as possible.

I will make a standard track next time, avoiding busy roads all together, which is possible. Also, I will continue along the sea instead of taking the busier city route in The Hague.

Update June 2018 – I made a gps track.

I followed as much as possible quiet roads and bicycle paths. So now I can add the map and the gps track.

GPX_icon Download link gpx track =  Wassenaar -Maassluis - Hoek van Holland - Den Haag - Wassenaar 75km (39 downloads)

June 18, 2018
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  • Distance 75.00 km
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  • Climb 130 m
  • Descent 125 m

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Day 3. Sittard – Valkenswaard (70 km)

The reason for my trip to the South of The Netherlands is, apart from the nice scenery, to visit long term friends. This morning I spent some very nice hours with my friends, but this afternoon I had to start my way back. Next time I have to spend more time in town, because Sittard is actually a very scenic town.

The planning of my trip was done with the cycling route planner of the ‘Fietsersbond’ (an organization that promotes cycling and the interests of cyclists). You have various options, like touristic routes, or so called ‘doorfietsroutes’ (‘rush routes’). As I mentioned before, this time I took the ‘rush route’. Normally it gives you a mix of nice scenery and bicycle paths next to main roads, but not so today.

Today it was not so pleasant at all. The route was very fragmented, had many crossings with busy roads and sneaky side ways (meaning: many turns when I left my gps track). Moreover I witnessed the climate change: heavy rainfall during 50% of the time.

The last complexity was that I arrived at some closed roads, so I had to find a way around (it should be a law that closed roads have a) signs some distance before the closure, and b) an alternative route for wet cyclists).

Finally I arrived in Valkenswaard, just South of the city of Eindhoven around five. Average speed (with back wind): 15 kilometres an hour. Well, some days are better than others…

Interested to try this route yourself (not recommended)? The download button is just below the map.

May 29, 2018
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  • Distance 83.40 km
  • Time 2 h 15 min
  • Speed 22.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 22 m
  • Peak 46 m
  • Climb 155 m
  • Descent 175 m

Day 2. Berg en Dal – Sittard (115 kilometres)

This morning I started with heavy rain, but after 40 minutes it became dry and the rest of the day I had reasonable to nice weather. This is a mixed route with very nice parts and long stretches along main roads (with very good bicycle paths). If I had more time to spend, I would try to skip the main roads for more scenic detours. But I wanted to be in Sittard to see old friends. I liked the water works near Linne with it’s impressive water power station.

Just before Sittard I crossed the border with Germany without even noticing it. I passed the very scenic little village of Millen.

Along the road it was clear that this region got too much rain during the last weeks. Fields with young crop looked more like lakes.

This part of The Netherlands is not as flat as most of the country. I was all day above sea level and had even some real hills.

May 29, 2018
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  • Distance 131.64 km
  • Time 28 h 0 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 11 m
  • Peak 94 m
  • Climb 253 m
  • Descent 303 m

Wassenaar – Zoetermeer (GPX-track)

This is my first gpx track edited with Adze software.

From Wassenaar-Zuid the route passes Leidsendam and Leidschenveen, the new expansion of The Hague. Then you are in the country side until you reach Zoetermeer. The route follows the old roads which are now quiet and cyclist friendly. Once you rounded Zoetermeer, the route back is all country side. Just before you arrive back in Wassenaar, you pass the beautiful area De Horsten.

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  • Distance 38.00 km
  • Time 9 h 30 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude -7 m
  • Peak 11 m
  • Climb 105 m
  • Descent 105 m

Den Haag – Maasvlakte – Oostvoorne – Maassluis – Delft

This 95 kilometres long route is very special because it combines relatively quiet nature with impressive views of the port of Rotterdam. The trip with the Fast Ferry from Hoek van Holland to the Maasvlakte is very nice. If you are happy, you can spot some seals (zeehonden). Who would expect that in this industrial environment?

Once you arrive at the Maasvlakte, a huge area of reclaimed land to facilitate the growth of the port of Rotterdam, it’s around 10 kilometres cycling in an industrial but quiet area. It is certainly worth the trip!

After that you arrive ‘on the old shore’ with nice villages. Alternatively you can follow the bicycle path along the high way to Rozenburg. This is a more quiet and direct bicycle path along the Brielle Maas (a lake).

The way back is via the quick and regular ferry between Rozenburg and Maassluis. From there it is straight to Delft and The Hague.

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  • Distance 98.00 km
  • Time 5 h 0 min
  • Speed 20.0 km/h
  • Min altitude -3 m
  • Peak 18 m
  • Climb 162 m
  • Descent 163 m

Cycling in ‘het Groene Hart’ (the Green Heart) of Holland

‘Het Groene Hart’ (the Green Heart) is a green area in the so called Randstand in the Western part of The Netherlands. It is more or less the area between Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam. You would not expect quiet roads and small villages in the proximity of the big cities. But on a bicycle you can really make very nice tours here.

This tour follows mostly quiet roads, but there are also a few busier stretches.

Here are a few pictures from internet; I will soon add my own pictures.

Starting from my home in Wassenaar it is 85 kilometers. If you make this tour from Leiden, it is around 70 kilometres. As you can see from the height profile (below the map) a large part of this route is below see level. You don’t really notice this when you are on the spot.
If you want to ride this route yourself, you can download the gpx track below the map.

June 4, 2018
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