The 4 day route is the most popular and common option for cycling to Amsterdam. Not only does this route mean you will stay overnight in some beautiful cities but cycling at this slower pace means you will enjoy the scenery so much more.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that this route means less training. You will still be covering up to 90 miles a day so you need to be prepared and get in some long weekend training rides.
After 4 long days in the saddle Amsterdam will welcome you with its cobbled streets, Canals and nightlife (if you have any energy left to enjoy it!).
Day 1: London to Calais (85 miles)
We suggest that you set off from London as early as possible to avoid the busy traffic until you can settle on quiet roads on the outskirts of London. This part of the ride will see you cycle through the lush rolling hills and fruit orchards of the Kent country side. You will cycle through the centre of Maidstone so this is the perfect place to stop for lunch and a break before tackling the steepest section of the cycle – the Kent Downs.
Cycling over the Kent Downs you will reach a height of 620ft before a gradual descent round Canterbury and down to Dover.
Try and catch an early Ferry to Calais so you still have day light to cycle to your evening accommodation once you reach France.
Day 2: Calais to Bruges (82 miles)
Head out of Calais along the coast initially before turning inland to avoid the busy town of Dunkirk. Once you have got round Dunkirk you join a beautiful cycle path which travels alongside the canals through stunning farmland and quiet lanes over the border and all the way into Bruges.
Despite the distance being very similar to day one the ride will be much easier because from here on it’s very flat.
Veurne is a nice place to stop just over the border in Belgium. You will find plenty of cafes and restaurants and also stunning buildings. If you have time stop to have a look at the town hall, Sint Walburga church and Beauvoorde Castle.
Spend the evening in the Beautiful city of Bruges with horse and cart rides, amazing chocolate shops and cobbled streets.
Day 3: Bruges to Roosendaal (116 miles)
Leaving Bruges you first head out along the LF5 Flanders cycle route. This mainly follows traffic free paths and canals through farm land.
Just before you reach the outskirts of Antwerp you switch onto the LF2 cycle route. You then pass through the centre of Antwerp (making it the perfect stop for lunch and supplies) before heading north and crossing the border just to the west of Essen into Holland, the home of cycling.
You then spend the evening in Roosendaal a classic Dutch city with plenty of outdoor cafes in the centre to enjoy and a great selection of accommodation.
This is not the most direct route and it is possible to reduce the total distance cycled by about 20 miles. This route is using established and mostly traffic free cycle routes making it much safer and enjoyable than the other routes. Despite this route being a long ride in terms of distance its nice and flat. If you set off early you can be crossing the border into Holland by late afternoon.
Day 4: Rosendaal to Amsterdam (89 Miles)
On this final day you will cycle for 89 miles into Amsterdam. This day is a really interesting ride as you pass rivers and canals and also large well known cities.
From Rosendall you head straight north and cycle around the outskirts of Rotterdam. If you have some spare time and fancy adding on another 5-10 miles then cycle into Rotterdam and stop for some lunch.
From here you cycle up through quiet fields until you reach Amsterdam.
In 4 days you will have cycled a total of 372 miles through 4 countries to make your merry way to Amsterdam.