North Sea Route


This bike route uses ferry and bridge crossings between the various islands that make up Zeeland.  It takes you along the canals of Flanders through a number of ancient towns.  On occasion you will ride away from the coast but you are never far from a canal, river or lake.  The area is flat, the locals mostly speak some English (though you may need to give them time to engage), the food is generally good and the beer very interesting.

Accommodation is plentiful but, given the popularity of this area, finding somewhere to stay at short notice can be difficult in high summer. The accommodation column below provides an indication of the number of hotels or similar in each village/town.  Brielle is the only town shown which is off the direct route, but it is very pretty and worth a detour if you have time.  A more detailed map can be found at North Sea map.  The route below goes from south west to north east, as does the prevailing wind.

  • None: 0
  • Few: 1 or 2
  • Some: 3 to 6
  • Many: 7 or more
Place of Interest
 Kms

Service

Accommodation

Zeebrugge
 0 Ferry.pngstation Many
Lissewege
 4 station Some
Brugge  15 fortified moated citychurchstation Many
Sluis  32   Some
Breskens  49 Ferry.png to Vlissingen
Some
Vlissingen  49 stationFerry.png to Breskens
Many
Middelburg
 56 walledcitychurchstation Many
Veere  64 churchwalledcityferry seasonal to Kamperland
Some
Kamperland  76 ferry seasonal to Veere
Few
Zierikzee  101 churchwalledcity Some
Noordgouwe  108 church Few
Scharendijke
 119   Few
Ouddorp
 133   Few
Hellevoetsluis
 152 walledcity Few
Rockanje
 161   Few
Oostvoorne  167   Some
Brielle (nearby)  (173) walledcity
Some
Rotterdam Europoort  176 Ferry.pngstationclose by
Few
       
Useful links
     
Flanders Belgium
  Tourist info
 
Zeeland VVV
  Tourist Info
 
Dutch bike paths   Very difficult to use
 
Another Dutch bike path
  Difficult to use
 
Belgian bike paths
     
Flanders and Zeeland bike paths   The easiest bike path tool
 
Dutch railway
  Good map in the Netherlands tab  
Belgian railway
     

Information on each village can be obtained from its web site by clicking on the village name in the table above.  For those that do not provide an English version, see the advice on web translation.   

Key

  • walledcity Moated city
  • church Abbey, cathedral or other major church
  • ferry seasonal Seasonal ferry
  • Ferry.png Ferry
  • stationStation
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