You’ve got the gear, serviced your bike, put in the miles and miles of training and now the last and most important task on your list is to plan the route.
The route you choose should be dependent on how quickly you want to reach Amsterdam, which ferry port you depart from and how many sight-seeing stops you make along the way.
There are many two main ferry ports to depart for Europe, they are Dover which sails to Calais in France, and Harwich which connects with Hook in Holland.
The closest ferry port from London is Dover which is 70 miles from London and Harwich is 85 miles from London. The main benefit of using Harwich is that you sail to Hook in Holland which means you get to Amsterdam much quicker and have to cover less miles. We aim for you to cycle to Amsterdam through 4 countries, so for our suggested routes we use the Dover to Calais Route.
These routes are common roads and trails used by cyclists who have ridden this ride before. They are a great starting point to help you plan your way but make sure to tailor it to your needs to make the most from the trip!