Straight through the beautiful Delfland

Cycling in Vlaardingen, South Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 166824

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54.0 km
03:10 h
952 kcal
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Explore Midden-Delfland with these cycling routes through old-fashioned Dutch nature: you can expect open water, swamp forest and reed and hay meadows with rare plants in the De Vlietlanden nature reserve. What is special about this area is the fact that it has not been reclaimed, so that the peat has not settled and the area is therefore higher than the surrounding polders. The meadows are beautiful in spring and are full of yellow marshmallows and purple Pentecost and cuckoo flowers, but the animals also like to live in this area. About eighty pairs of blue herons, but also Egyptian geese, tufted ducks, lapwings, black-tailed godwits and various birds of prey breed between the trees and in the thickets on the water's edge. The presence of the Arctic vole, an endangered mouse species, makes the area extra special. In the core of the area is a protected peat meadow landscape: Midden-Delfland and Oude Leede. Lively port cities and a varied route through a network of green areas and lively cities such as Vlaardingen and Schiedam form a pleasant diversity. Vlaardingen, where the tour starts at TOP Vlaardingen, is the herring city. In the history of Vlaardingen, fishing has always been important. After the Second World War, industry and other port activities also started to play an important role, but the catch of the fish that has become so established in Dutch culture is inextricably linked to the growth of Vlaardingen. Windmill Aeolus is located near the starting point of the cycling tour in the center of Vlaardingen. The The high tower mill proudly towers over the other buildings. The original mill was built in the fifteenth century, but the one you see now was built in 1790. After the Second World War, the flour mill, which in 2014 works on a voluntary basis, was completely restored. In 1957 it was given its current name, which refers to the Greek God of the wind. In Maassluis you can visit the National Towage Museum. Here you can see all kinds of continuous and changing exhibitions about the maritime history of the Netherlands, where towage is the starting point. What is special is that this is the only museum in the world that deals with this subject. After almost two hours of cycling, Paviljoen't Middelpunt presents itself. Quench your thirst on the water of the Vlaardingsevaart, while enjoying the view on and over the water. Vessels can just dock when the skippers want to join you on the terrace and with the silent (whisper) boat you can also take a trip yourself. Canoes are also available for rent for those who are more sporty and want to work the arm muscles in addition to the legs.
Tourist Transfer Point (TOP) Restaurant Windmill Museum Forest Water Cultural routes Nature Route Recreation area

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# Description Distance
TOP Vlaardingen (Vlaardingen, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Aeolus (Aeolus, 3134HC, Vlaardingen, South Holland, The Netherlands) 1.32 km
76 (3134NV, Vlaardingen, South Holland, The Netherlands) 2.18 km
75 (3132, Vlaardingen, South Holland, The Netherlands) 5.31 km
39 (3155EL, Midden-Delfland, South Holland, The Netherlands) 15.57 km
38 (3142, Maassluis, South Holland, The Netherlands) 16.86 km

Place name directory

  • Vlaardingen, South Holland
  • Midden-Delfland, South Holland
  • Maassluis, South Holland
  • Rotterdam, South Holland
  • Westland, South Holland
  • Delft, South Holland
  • Schiedam, South Holland
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