During your tour of Voorne you will pass through a beautiful wooded area and along nice places that are worth exploring by bike. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, a fortified town was built to strengthen the existing harbour. Hellevoetsluis grew until the nineteenth century because of the importance of the port town, but when the port of Rotterdam was opened up around 1830 by the construction of a canal, activity in Hellevoetsluis declined. The town suffered a heavy blow during World War II, when the Germans demolished a large part of it to improve their field of fire. After the war, a lot of hard work was done to restore Hellevoetsluis to its old allure. In 1960, the three municipalities of Hellevoetsluis, Nieuw-Helvoet and Nieuwenhoorn were merged into one new, large municipality and Hellevoetsluis grew in the years that followed. The port influences are still clearly noticeable. Its commercial importance has declined, but the harbor has regained a strong recreational value.
Cycling along the banks of the Oostvoornse Meer you can look out over an industrial area that is unparalleled. The petrochemical industry blows impressive clouds of smoke into the air here. The Oostvoornse Meer was created when the Brielse Gat was constructed in 1966, which caused a separation with the North Sea. Although not many fish live in the lake, you can find three-spined stickleback, eel, turbot, tadpoles, bullheads, pout, clams, clams, trout and herring. Those who take a look under water will encounter shipwrecks, because the Oostvoorne lake is a true ship graveyard due to a sandbank that used to be there.
|TOP Brielle (TOP Brielle, 3231KD, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|26 (3231CM, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands)||1.70 km|
|27 (3231NA, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands)||2.15 km|
|54 (3233XL, Westvoorne, South Holland, The Netherlands)||9.04 km|
|52 (3233XJ, Westvoorne, South Holland, The Netherlands)||10.02 km|
|51 (3233AX, Westvoorne, South Holland, The Netherlands)||10.81 km|