family cycling in Holland

We have recently returned from our family holiday in Holland. Holland is known for its cycle paths and we just had to try them out. Holland is pretty flat but there are hills…okay not big ones. However, if you are pulling a trailer with a 14.5kg toddler in it then the hills are exhausting! If you ever go to Holland you must try going for a cycle ride. It is a way of life over there, unlike the UK.

bikes at the wassenaar beach in Holland
Me pulling the trailer

Cycle Ride To The Beach

So on the Tuesday we hired bikes from the campsite for 7 days. The offer was 5 days for the price of 7 so we decided just to do that. As we had bought along with Big K’s from home with us we only needed a bike and a trailer for Little K.

Finding out if there were trailers available before we arrived was pretty hard. I couldn’t find trailers mentioned on any website or any other bloggers mentioning it.

The bike rental place has lots bikes, the bikes don’t have handlebar breaks. You have to pedal backwards for the bike to slow down, but once you get use to it then it’s pretty easy. There are smaller bikes available and these bikes do come with handlebar breaks.

wassenaar beach
Wassenaar Beach
bikes at the wassenaar beach in Holland
Our bikes

We headed off from the campsite using the bike paths all the way to the beach car park, where we locked our bikes up and walked down to the beach. It took us about 30 minutes to cycle there and there were a few hills along the way.

Big K cycled all the way there and back which was great for being one of his first bike cycle rides. Wassenaar beach was pretty empty apart from people flying kites as it was so windy. As it was so windy we decided to take some pictures and then head inside one of the little cafe places for a drink before cycling back.

wassenaar beach
The beach
wassenaar beach
The cafe

It is a great little cycle ride and saves you driving around and paying for parking.

Family Holiday in Holland and we cycled to the beach from Duinrell Campsite

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  1. It looks and sounds beautiful! My friend used to live in Amsterdam and cycled everywhere, I remember when she described it to me I thought to myself it sounds like such a wonderful healthy outdoor lifestyle. I would love it!

    1. Yes it is such a great way to get about. The cycle lanes and paths are great. So safe for the kids to cycle about. Wish they would do more like that in the UK. Thank you for commenting 🙂 x

  2. I love how easy cycling there looks, brilliant cycle paths, better awareness of cyclists and less steep hills! Kids on the back definitely add a lot of weight though. Well done to big K for cycling all that way too! Thanks for sharing on #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    1. It definitely is a place to go if you love cycling. We were still cycling like we were back home and stopping at junctions and roundabouts but the cars on roundabouts just stop for cyclists and let you go across. Its a very strange experience. x

  3. It must be great cycling in Holland where it is such a big part of the culture. We need to get better in this country so that families can safely cycle together. #MondayEscapes

    1. Thank you for commenting 🙂 yes we really need to make the UK more like Holland. It can be far too dangerous to cycle in the UK. It also doesnt help that so many people cycle without helmets and don’t know how to cycle properly on the roads. x

  4. Holland is awesome for cycling, it’s pretty embarrassing when you compare it to the infrastructure we have in the UK.

    The roads make it so easy as well, ideal if you’ve got to cycle around with a bicycle trailer.

    I’m not much of a fan the backbreaking bikes they have though. I nearly fell off the first time I rode one!

    1. Thank you for your comment 🙂 Yes, we really need more cycle paths and lanes in the UK. Its such a shame we lack them here in the UK. Would be so much safer when cycling with the kids. Oh yes the back breaking bikes are scary, they definitely take some getting use to!

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