A leisurely cycling holiday on quiet lanes and cycle paths from Holland’s cycle friendly capital to the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium. Along the way you’ll pedal alongside serene canals and through idyllic polder landscapes to charming villages and historic towns. Highlights include Gouda, with its lovely Market Square, Dordrecht – one of Holland’s oldest cities, the maritime towns on the islands of Zeeland, the windmills of Kinderdijk and of course, Amsterdam and Bruges themselves.
Spend an evening exploring the canals and attractions of Amsterdam before embarking on a leisurely cycling adventure southwards to Bruges. Detailed route notes and maps will lead you along a wonderful network of cycle paths and quiet lanes and don’t worry, this is the lowlands and so you can rest assured you won’t encounter any hills along the way.
The verdant polder landscape is interrupted by the odd windmill or church spire on the horizon, the latter providing advanced notice that you are about to cycle through another gorgeous little village or town.
Explore the cheese town of Gouda with its wonderful central square. The 19 working windmills of Kinderdijk are sure to be a highlight as is the lovely old marina in Dordrecht, one of Hollands oldest towns. In North Brabant you spend a night in the fortified town of Willemstad, surrounded on three sides by water, before leaving the mainland behind and cycling out onto the islands of Zeeland, Hollands westernmost province. Wide-open spaces, big skies and sandy beaches, characterise this charming region which is perfect for exploring by bike. Finally you pedal triumphantly into Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and the perfect place to celebrate your achievement.
This is an easy to leisurely route that can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness.