Water route

  • The Netherlands
  • South Holland
  • Rotterdam
  • 88.94 km (Approximately 05:13 u)
  • Cycling route 842868

Water route

  • The Netherlands
  • South Holland
  • Rotterdam
  • 88.94 km (Approximately 05:13 u)
  • Cycling route 842868
The Netherlands and water, the Dutch and the bicycle. Indisputably linked. The Hoek van Zuid-Holland is the perfect region to discover this water-rich province by bike. The many surrounding waters have provided prosperity for centuries, but also threats. You will experience the battle against the water at the end of the Delta Works; the Maeslant Barrier. This storm surge barrier is located on the Nieuwe Waterweg, one of the busiest waterways in the world. This gateway to the Port of Rotterdam has no fewer than 80,000 ship movements per year. You can discover all about this in the National Towage Museum in Maassluis. The vast polders and ditches in Midden Delfland are a Dutch oasis of tranquility. Experience the greenhouses in Westland from the bike and enjoy the stalls along the road.


# Description Distance
Tourist Information Hoek van Holland (3151 HR, Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
‘Hoge licht van de 107 graden lichtenlijn’ (Hoeksebaan, 3151GR, Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.39 km
'Het hoge licht-oud', kunstverlichtingsmuseum (Hoge Licht, 3151 AC, Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.68 km
22 (3151XP, Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands) 1.93 km
De Nieuwe Waterweg (Slachthuisweg, Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands) 2.41 km
Het Keringhuis /Maeslantkering (Maeslantkering, 3151ZZ, Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands) 4.07 km

Pause places

‘Hoge licht van de 107 graden lichtenlijn’

Hoeksebaan 31
3151GR Rotterdam

High light of the 107 degree line of lights\\\' The tower has no real name but is named after its function. With a 107-degree light line you can look up the deepest part of the Waterway. High and low light seen in a line.

Tramhuisje Naaldwijk

Verspycklaan 1
2671 CR Westland

Tramhuisje Naaldwijk is a catering facility that is located in a former tram house from 1907. The tram service stopped in 1956, but the tram station remained. Today Tramhuisje Naaldwijk is used as a nice place where you can have a nice chat, have a drink with friends or have a quiet coffee during or after your cycling or walking tour. You are also very welcome for an extensive lunch. The building has been thoroughly renovated, while retaining the original elements! You can also go to the Tramhuisje in Naaldwijk for meetings, private dining and a party. Check the website for opening times!


'Het hoge licht-oud', kunstverlichtingsmuseum

Hoge Licht 102
3151 AC Rotterdam

On February 14, 1894, the lighthouse, the 'Hoge licht', was put into use. AC van Loo's design was built by iron foundry Penn & Bauduin from Dordrecht. The tower, which is 30 meters high (from mound to top of weather vane), had a double function. It was a recognition and a guide light for the incoming voyage. With the smaller lighthouse on the Berghaven, the 'low light', which has now been moved to Rotterdam, the 'high light' formed the so-called light line: when the two lights were visible directly above each other , the ship was on course to enter the canal. In 1960 the light was made rotatable so that the powerful light beams sweeped over Hoek van Holland. In 1974 the light was turned off. New lighthouses were needed due to the change of the harbor mouth and the change in the direction of the light line; in the old situation it was 108? and now it is 107 ?. The old 'Hoge licht' has been a national monument since 1982; the Coastal Lighting Museum is located there.

De Nieuwe Waterweg


In the 19th century, Rotterdam was already one of the largest ports in the world. Due to the increase in the number of ships, there was a major capacity problem. Hydraulic engineer Pieter Caland was commissioned by the Waterstaatdienst Holland to cross the'Hook of Holland\\\' and extend the Rhine estuary to the sea. The execution of the works started in 1864. In 1872 the Nieuwe Waterweg became a fact and Rotterdam was easily accessible.

Het Keringhuis /Maeslantkering

Maeslantkering 139
3151ZZ Rotterdam

The Keringhuis, Public Center Water, is located in a unique location on the Nieuwe Waterweg and right next to the sensational Maeslantkering. In case of imminent flooding from the sea, two huge white doors close off the Nieuwe Waterweg. In this way, South Holland is protected against high water from the sea.

De Oranjebonnen

Oranjehaven 121
3151ZZ Rotterdam

The Oranjebonnen, polders between Hoek van Holland, Maassluis and Westland, have recently changed into a green and open area. An ideal environment for recreation.

Nationaal Sleepvaart Museum

3143BN Maassluis

De Woudse Droogmakerij

2635CW Midden-Delfland

De Woudse Droogmakerij was a water board in the municipality of Schipluiden in the province of South Holland. The water board originated in 1846 from the Woudse Polder (founded around 1500) and was in fact a name change and small expansion north of 't Woudt. The water board was responsible for draining and water management in the polder. The Woudse Droogmakerij was the last area in the municipality of Schipluiden to be drained. In 1846 wind drainage was applied. Not long ago, the Woudse Droogmakerij celebrated its 150th anniversary. This was in 1996. It was not until 1946 that the switch was made to a diesel pumping station and shortly afterwards, in 1951, the installation was made electric. It is the lowest and also the smallest polder in the municipality of Schipluiden. The pumping station that keeps this small area dry is located on the other side of the water on the Lotsweg. The building, which is also a residence, can hardly be recognized as a pumping station. The characteristic dipstick of Delfland and the sign provide the extra help here. The excess polder water is discharged into the Harnaschwatering (as well as that of the Woudsepolder).

Calamiteitenberging Woudse polder

Woudse Polder 44a
2635CW Midden-Delfland

The Woudse polder calamity storage facility was completed in mid-2008 and, with an area of 34 hectares, is the largest water storage facility in the Delfland management area. About 800,000 m? water can be stored here, of which approximately 500,000 m? permanent storage and approximately 300,000 m? can be created by a temporary flood defense. The Woudse polder water storage is a 'dry storage', which means that water will only be admitted into the storage facility when there is excess water in the basin of Delfland. This means that the pastures can be used by livestock and birds. The lock pattern has been largely maintained. The course of the high dyke straight through the polder has been adapted to keep the important archaeological sites out of the storage area. The height of this dike has been kept lower than originally intended. As a result, the sight lines from 't Woudt and from the water the Zweth are maintained. Around the water storage there are a number of information panels explaining the water storage and the activities of the Delfland Water Board.


Gasthuispad 44a
2635CW Midden-Delfland

The Woudschepolder, which was reclaimed in the 12th and 13th centuries, consists mainly of peat soil. Natural peat water was used for the extraction. When the peat soil settled as a result of the drainage, the inhabitants settled on the higher clay soil that had been deposited in the east and south of the polder during the Roman period. Incidentally, people already lived on these clay courts at the beginning of our era. These higher clay courses can still be discovered. At least three native farms from that period have been excavated during the construction of the A4 motorway. The church village 't Woudt is also situated on a clay lane. The diesel pumping station of the Woudsepolder is "hidden" behind the A4 motorway, near the pumping station of the Harnaschpolder. Both pumping stations discharge into the Harnaschwatering. The old pumping station was replaced in 2010 by a modern, automated pumping station according to the current standard design (with sedum roof covering).

Groeneveldse molen


The Groeneveld windmill in Schipluiden was built in 1719 to replace an earlier wooden windmill, which burned down after a lightning strike. The mill is one of the few of many water mills that have survived in the municipality of Midden-Delfland. The mill has been owned by the Delfland Water Board since 1977 and, together with a pumping station, drains the Groeneveldse polder. Until 1960, the polder was drained exclusively using wind power. After the construction of a pumping station, the mill was shut down. The paddle wheel that raises the water 1.90 m was equipped with an electric motor in the early 1980s, which is still functioning. The Groeneveld windmill is visible from a great distance and can be visited when it is running. The Groeneveld mill is a house that was inhabited until the 1970s, where visitors can get an impression of the living conditions of a miller's family.

Gemaal Oude en Nieuwe Broekpolder

Zweth 44C
2675LB Westland

The Oude en Nieuwe Broekpolder pumping station was built in 1881 to drain the polder area. The water at the pumping station is 2 meters below NAP and is raised 1.6 meters to the level of the Kromme Zweth. In the beginning the pumping station was powered by a steam engine, in 1920 it was switched to a diesel engine and it is now electrically powered.

De Zeven Gaten

De Zeven Gaten
2678SB Westland

Water storage De Zeven Gaten in de Lier consists of seven ditches. It is a special nature reserve of 6 hectares where water and land alternate. In this oasis you will find many birds, but also a picnic table to rest.

Watertoren Naaldwijk

Watertoren Naaldwijk 11
2671 CP Westland

The water tower of Naaldwijk on the Grote Woerdlaan was designed by Hendrik Sangster and built in 1929-1930. The tower has a height of 40.80 meters and has two water reservoirs with a volume of 320 and 280 m2.

De Plas van alle Winden

2681LJ Westland

The Plas van alle Winden is located in the middle of the Poelzone, an area that connects the dunes with the wooded area south of Naaldwijk. A beautiful piece of nature!

De Poelzone

2691JP Westland

The Poelzone nature reserve is located between Monster and 's-Gravenzande and has lush banks, fish spawning places and recreational walking and cycling paths. The area is easily accessible from the Westlandse Druif Theme Park.

Koningin Emmaboulevard, monument 'Channel Crossing to Life'

Koningin Emmaboulevard 1
3151 HG Rotterdam

In 1938 and 1939 the so-called children's transports were organized from Germany, Austria and Poland. With this, some ten thousand Jewish children found refuge in England. These transports went largely via the Hoek van Holland station. There the children switched from the train to the boat. The driving force behind the transports was the Dutch banker's wife Truus Wijsm? Ller. As a reminder, monuments have been placed in Gdansk, Berlin, Hamburg, at the Hook of Holland transfer point and at the final destination in London. The Hoekse monument 'Channel crossing to life', made by artist Frank Meisler, faces the sea. There was freedom.

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De Hoek van Zuid-Holland