Cycling along the Dutch coast means cycling with the wind in your hair. Sometimes, you will experience a tailwind; other times, a headwind, but you will always get a ‘taste’ of that wonderful seaside feeling. The themed Nederlandse Kustroute (Dutch Coastal Route) combines LF1 and LF10 and provides approximately 570 km of cycling fun. Simply follow the relevant rectangular signs with green lettering, signposted in two directions.
The LF1 between Sluis and Den Helder is characterised by long, narrow dune areas along the coast of Holland and by the South Holland and Zealand islands. Small seaside resorts and historic cities provide great stop-over places along the route. The LF10 from Callantsoog to Nieuweschans takes you through one of the most peaceful and sparsely populated areas in the Netherlands and yet offers a diverse landscape, among other because of the former West Frisian island of Wieringen and various other authentic ‘terp’ villages, (terps are low man-made hills around which villages were traditionally built) and towns.
If this leaves you wanting more, you can simply carry on across the border. The route is in fact the Dutch part of the international North Sea Cycle Route (EuroVelo 12).