Has anybody ridden the Rhine Radweg and on to Hook of Holland?

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 11 May 2008.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    What is the best route to take from the end of the Rhine radweg in Germany through holland to the Hook to catch a ferry home?
  2. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    Try Cycle Tourers Website or E-Mail Jon ... He also post's on this Forum as cycletourer

  3. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Vol 3 of the Bikeline guide extends the route right to the Hook from the centre of Rotterdam where I think the route officially ends.

    The couple or three times I did it, I preferred to go over the river to the south bank and so through Brielle. Can't for the life of me remember how I got back across at the end. There must have been a ferry or something.
  4. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

  5. CycleTourer

    CycleTourer Well-Known Member

    Bury St. Edmunds

    As Andy says, the Rhein radweg does go all the way to the Hook. However the alternatives are, the LF4 from Arnhem (the airborne museum at Oosterbeek is worth a look) which takes you west just under Utrecht to Den Haag and then it is a short nip south on the LF1 to the Hook or it is the LF12 from Nijmegen, which takes you just south of Dordrecht and Rotterdam to Maassluis and then it is a short hop to the Hook.

    There is an interactive map showing the LF routes here : http://www.fietsplatform.nl/routes/interactieve_kaart.asp

    Both have there merits, Lf4 would give you a change of scenery from the being near to the rivers and takes you through more mixed country side and in parts through some woodland and on slightly higher ground.
  6. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Many thanks...most helpful.
    I may go to Arnheim again....I have an interest in WW2 etc.
  7. old donald

    old donald New Member

    Just come back from holland - did Arnhem - Airborne Museum is well worth a visit - several good campsites in Arnhem about 10 euros per night

    I too approached the hook from the south and used some of the ferrys which get you arcross the rivers etc at minimal cost -roll on and roll off - cost less than 1 euro. Going through Rotterdam looked okay but the bit between Rotterdam and Europort / hook is very industrial - hence I opted for the apporach from the south.
  8. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Thankyou...did you keep a rough note/map of the route you actually took? My map takes me into Rotterdam centre then leaves me in the lurch to get to the Hook....which isnt far I know but if you have a 'bike friendly' route already i will just follow that.
  9. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    There really are countless options for the section from the Rhine Radweg to the Hook. You will probably adjust your route as you go along depending on the sights that interest you as you go along........well that's what I did.;)
  10. old donald

    old donald New Member

    Didn't go into Rotterdam at all - but then I was approaching Europort from the south - Breda - Zevenbergen - Willemstad (nice for coffee and cake - loads of roadies stopped here for a cake stop) over the big bridge (but there is a cycle lane) Numansdorp - Nieuw Beijerland - ferry - simonshaven - breille - Oostvoorne - and bang your there - and no industrial c**p until the last 3km. Pretty much all cycle lanes and well signposted.
  11. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    The Dutch do some pretty large scale maps which still have the bike routes marked on them. If, for instance, you decide to go via Brielle, just cross the river with your map, turn right and head in the general direction. Bike paths all the way. You will soon pick up bike path signs for all the towns you choose to have on your route. In other words you can be very relaxed about navigating in Holland.
  12. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    If you go via Brielle, cross the river with the bridge, cycle through Rozenburg and cross the Nieuwe Waterweg by the ferry to Maassluis. Then turn LEFT to get to Hook of Holland. It sounds a bit fiddly but is as straightforward as a pannier on a rack. The ferry shouldn't cost more than a pound or so.
  13. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    good stuff chaps thankyou.
  14. orbiter

    orbiter Well-Known Member

    I've used LF12 between Nijmegen & Hook, through s'Hertogenbosch. Easily reached from Arnhem, too. A very pleasant rural route - just bit industrial for a couple of miles through Europoort to cross the river.

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