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DIY European hols w'out extras but WITH a good hired bike?

24 July 2015 - 12:03pm
Does anyone know of European places where one can hire a reasonable or even a good bike ? Have used Max Hurtzler in both Majorca and Mayerhofen Austria. Have read of bike hols all inclusive for £800-900 a week; and I know the coy has to make a profit but those prices are often without flight or crucially a bike. Although we are not serious enough to take own bikes, neither are we 'soft' enough to want luggage moved from place to place. ( In Greece -what luggage I ask ?.) Day use - as for the split locations of Max H. in Majorca - failing touring, would suffice..

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

24 July 2015 - 10:10am
Just to add.... If you haven't been there, Brugge (Bruges) and Ghent are worth visiting. Brugge is a lovely canal city, with a well-preserved medieval centre, but it is a bit touristic. Gent was the capitol of Flanders, and also has nice medieval architecture. If you take the North Sea Cycle route, you can pick it up the other side of Brugge, though it is, of course rather longer that way than going north from Antwerp.

It also somewhat depends on your interests. The mussels and beer are good, and there are many museums, Dutch masters' paintings hanging in churches and belfries with tiny stairs to climb, but if your interests take you to the Netherlands, go north from Antwerp instead

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

24 July 2015 - 10:00am
greyhead wrote:For my annual tour this autumn I have been considering taking the Eurostar to Brussels followed by a local train to Antwerp, this last leg being included in the Eurostar price (except 5 Euro for the bike). From there I would cycle leisurely (note username) up to Amsterdam, perhaps via Utrecht, staying overnight in B&Bs.
Any suggestions as to the itinerary would be appreciated, also some idea of the scenery in the Belgian part of the trip.
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The Fietsersbond has an excellent routeplanner. Just play with all the options (short route-scenic route etc) till you find something you like.

http://www.fietsersbond.nl/fietsrouteplanner/

and some more tips on cycletouring in nl: http://www.m-gineering.nl/touringg.htm

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

24 July 2015 - 9:36am
There are a number of alternatives... There is the above mentioned North Sea Cycle Route (Euro Velo 12). If you do take that, there is a nice cross-country (not roadside) path from Haarlem to Amsterdam.

There are also numerous other routes through the Netherlands. You can pick almost any place that you want to visit or museum that you want to see, and go via that place.

There is a nice route going north from Antwerp to Amsterdam, LF 2. http://en.nederlandfietsland.nl/en has information about the long distance routes in the Netherlands, including a map with camping sites and online route planner. It's not the most user friendly site, but the information is very good.

http://www.fietsroute.org/Long-Distanceroutes-LF.php is the Belgian version. The information is a little easier to find on there, but it doesn't have the route planner.

It's quite flat in that part of Belgium and the Netherlands. There are many canals and dykes, with both farmland and towns. There are some postcard picturesque areas (flowers and windmills, etc.) and a mixture of old houses and villages and new developments that you could put in practically any place in Europe without looking out of place.

Belgium and the Netherlands both are very pleasant places to cycle.

Have a good trip

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

24 July 2015 - 8:47am
Simplest is the North Sea Route, google it. There are good resources on the web including a special site for bike-friendly accommodation.
http://www.vriendenopdefiets.nl/en/

Re: Touring in Norway

24 July 2015 - 8:40am
Or perhaps you could do an out and back loop from Bodo: cycle to Bodo from Fauske, then go north up the coast (via Kjerringoy, Tarnvik); take the boat over to Lofoten from Skutvik); then work your way back south down Lofoten, by as circuitous route as your time allows; and take the boat back to Bodo from Moskenes). I know Lofoten's a bit of a tourist trap (by Norwegian standards!), but it's so spectacular that it's worth spending a bit of time on (in my view!). nb, though, that the boat from Tarnvik to Nordfold only runs a couple of times a week: http://www.rutebok.no/nriiisstatictable ... 18-553.htm

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

24 July 2015 - 8:00am
al_yrpal wrote:Over to the Cotswolds, Cotswolds down to Dorset, along to Lymington, over to the island on the ferry, ride to Wooton Creek, ferry back to Pompey, ride home. I live near Reading and did this route a couple of years ago. Trains can be hassle.

Al

Seeing as the consensus is not to head down to Cornwall, do you have any more info' on this?

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 11:00pm
I got the train to Fauske then bus to Narvik, the bus is timed to meet the train but to go to Narvik you have to change buses part way although this was all announced on the bus. Might be worth getting the bus to Harstad as it also goes there and cutting a bit of distance and some of the busy roads as the section from Narvik round until the E6 splits off was quite busy at it takes all the traffic going North.

Antwerp to Amsterdam

23 July 2015 - 10:27pm
For my annual tour this autumn I have been considering taking the Eurostar to Brussels followed by a local train to Antwerp, this last leg being included in the Eurostar price (except 5 Euro for the bike). From there I would cycle leisurely (note username) up to Amsterdam, perhaps via Utrecht, staying overnight in B&Bs.
Any suggestions as to the itinerary would be appreciated, also some idea of the scenery in the Belgian part of the trip.
The return leg is still undecided but may involve the Hoek - Harwich ferry.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 10:14pm
From Fauske, you can just cycle over to Bodø and get the ferry? Then ride up Lofoten, and take the bus when you don't want to ride anymore?

Otherwise, form Trondheim, you could head south on Atlanterhavsveien? Or are you planning to do that later?

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 9:58pm
Vorpal wrote:jakobpoffley wrote:Thank you for clarifying. Ive just realised where sortland actually is becuase I didn't realise that was the route the bus did. I might just cycle from sortland or what time would the first bus on Sunday morning get to andenes from sortland?
From Andenes to Sortland, there's only one bus on Sunday, and that goes at 15:10. http://www.rutebok.no/nriiisstatictable ... 18-871.htm

But I see from that timetable that they mark the buses that don't go in the summer holidays, so you should be okay on the other route if you use it.
Sorry, I just relaised I did that the worng direction. But maybe you will cycle anyway?

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 9:40pm
pal wrote:The ride from Sortland to Andenes is a nice one, though! Pretty flat, and by the sea (or you can go the long way round via Bleik and try to spot some puffins on the way...)
I was going to just go south towards the ferry to bodø then cycle to mo I rana but I think that could be too long but if I get the train from bodø too short. Ive only got 4 and a half days so would only be able to do about 450km. Ive booked the train back from bodø but I guess I can get on the train anywhere on the line so that is why I was going to go to mo I rana. Any suggestions would be appreciated from anyone.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 9:23pm
The ride from Sortland to Andenes is a nice one, though! Pretty flat, and by the sea (or you can go the long way round via Bleik and try to spot some puffins on the way...)

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 9:11pm
Vmlopes wrote:whoof wrote:Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading about 260 miles. Use the LEJOG route to Bristol and then the Sustran 4 route up the Kennett and Avon Canal to Reading.

Like the sound of this one

I did LeJog in 2012. The first 4 days were hell and would be enough to put me off cycling for life, never mind touring. Each to their own.....

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

23 July 2015 - 8:39pm
Sorry for the delay re your request. My comment referred to the Isle of Mull only starting from say Killichronan as that was your original destination I think.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 7:25pm
jakobpoffley wrote:Thank you for clarifying. Ive just realised where sortland actually is becuase I didn't realise that was the route the bus did. I might just cycle from sortland or what time would the first bus on Sunday morning get to andenes from sortland?
From Andenes to Sortland, there's only one bus on Sunday, and that goes at 15:10. http://www.rutebok.no/nriiisstatictable ... 18-871.htm

But I see from that timetable that they mark the buses that don't go in the summer holidays, so you should be okay on the other route if you use it.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 7:15pm
There are two per day on the timetable. They go from Fauske station at 8:50 and 18:10. Look for the bus to 'Sortland' and change at the Sortland bus terminal.

I would check the schedule at tourist information, or ring 177 and check, though. If it's a popular tourist route, you should be okay. Otherwise, it's possible that they only run one per day (or even only one for the whole weekend) during the summer holiday period.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:44pm
iviehoff wrote:What that timetable shows is that there are 2 buses a day. At Bognes, the route splits, and you can choose to proceed either to Narvik or to Sortland same day. There are 4 buses a day from Sortland to Andenes, but since the evening bus from Fauske to Sortland arrives at nearly midnight, which is the one you'll be using if you want to travel same day you arrive at Fauske, you will have to stay overnight to proceed to Andenes. If you stay overnight at Fauske instead, you can travel from there to Andenes in one day.
Thank you for clarifying. Ive just realised where sortland actually is becuase I didn't realise that was the route the bus did. I might just cycle from sortland or what time would the first bus on Sunday morning get to andenes from sortland?

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 6:41pm
5 days! Beware spending too much time on the train. You could easily waste 2 half days or 1 whole one which is a lot out of 5.

Kennet and Avon is great, towpath and road. Then loop back. Get a map and work out a route.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:40pm
What that timetable shows is that there are 2 buses a day. At Bognes, the route splits, and you can choose to proceed either to Narvik or to Sortland same day. There are 4 buses a day from Sortland to Andenes, but since the evening bus from Fauske to Sortland arrives at nearly midnight, which is the one you'll be using if you want to travel same day you arrive at Fauske, you will have to stay overnight to proceed to Andenes. If you stay overnight at Fauske instead, you can travel from there to Andenes in one day.

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