The Netherlands is widely known as cycling heaven, particularly because of its well designed cycling infrastructure and mass cycling. A number of members have expressed an interest in a weekend cycling trip to Amsterdam, using the Newcastle-Ijmuiden ferry. The plan is to do this on the last weekend in June (Fri 27th – Mon 30th).
The plan is to take the overnight ferry to the Netherlands on the Friday night, arriving in Ijmuiden at 9am on Saturday morning. We’d then cycle the (approx) 16 miles to Amsterdam at a leisurely pace, using the excellent network of cycle tracks the Dutch are famous for (there is also a hydrofoil ferry that takes bikes if anyone is not keen on the distance). We can spend the rest of Saturday exploring Amsterdam, stay over night and then return to Ijmuiden (by hydrofoil assuming the wind would be in our faces!) for the 5pm overnight ferry.
For those who are interested in finding out more about the Dutch approach to cycling, an informal tour of some of Amsterdam’s cycling infrastructure may be possible, but if you’d rather just explore on your own – or sample the other delights of Amsterdam – then that would be fine too.
We may be able to get a group discount on the ferry if there are more than 10 of us. Otherwise ferry prices will vary, depending on cabin bookings. At the moment, based on two people sharing, the return trip would be around £170 per person (including £5 per bike per crossing). Four people sharing would be £100 pp including bikes. People would need to book their own accommodation in Amsterdam for Saturday night, depending on their budget and preferences. You can have a look at ferry prices here.
If you’re interested, please let us know by emailing cyclingdumfries AT gmail DOT com as soon as possible, including how many of you would be coming and whether you’d be willing to share with someone else.
For some idea of what you might experience, here’s a quick slideshow of my last trip to the Netherlands