Cycling in and around Leiden

As well as the city centre, the area around Leiden also has a lot to offer. Cycling is the ideal mode of transport for discovering the region, and there are many different cycle routes starting in Leiden. The following are a few ideas for places to visit:

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On Leidseweg in Voorschoten you will find the impressive building of the Zilverfabriek (Silver Factory). Its owners, the Van Kempen and Begeer families, had a major influence on the community of Voorschoten between 1858 and 1984. This silver-centred history is the main theme of the Zilverroute or Silver Route (31 km from Leiden / 17 km around Voorschoten). Hop on your bike and discover this pearl along the Vliet canal, which has its own village museum and even a castle!
You can find detailed information about the route and the many great places to stop along the way at route.nl (only available in Dutch for now)

 

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Farmer’s Cheese Route Zoeterwoude

It’s only a few minutes from the city to the green surroundings of Zoeterwoude. The Boerenkaasroute or Farmer’s Cheese Route (a 17 km tour of Zoeterwoude) doesn’t just show you cheese, it gives you the opportunity to taste and buy some as well. Cycle through the Green Heart of the Netherlands to visit various cheese and dairy producers who will tell you the story of the region and its cheese. There are various stops along the way – see the map legend.
You can find detailed information about the route and the many great places to stop along the way at route.nl (only available in Dutch for now)

Mountainbike in Katwijk

In October, a mountain bike track was opened at Sportpark De Goerie in Katwijk. Open to the public and good fun for beginners, though it also offers challenging sections for advanced mountain bikers.

The dunes in Noordwijk and Katwijk

Leiden is just ten kilometres from the North Sea coast. You can enjoy an exhilarating cycle ride in the dune area with its varied landscape; the tops of the dunes even reach a height of 25 metres in some parts! There are also attractive seaside resorts like Katwijk and Noordwijk to call in at on the way.

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The Bulb Region

From Leiden it is a short cycle ride to the Bulb Region, where in spring time you can see vast panoramas of colorful bulbfields in full bloom. You can combine your cycle ride with a visit to the Keukenhof garden. Even outside the bulb season, the area is well worth a visit.

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The Kaag lakes and polders

A few kilometres outside Leiden you will find an area of polders and lakes, known in Dutch as the Kagerplassen. The region is famous for its varied landscape; it has large stretches of water with peat meadows, or polders, in between. The Kaag lakes are natural lakes, edged with ragged shorelines. There are many impressive windmills to see in the area. In the Tourist Information Centre several maps and books are for sale. 

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The 444 Leiden - The Hague Cycle Route

The 444 Cycle Route is a 44.4-kilometre recreational (and free) cycle tour that takes you past the most picturesque spots in Leiden, The Hague and everything in between. Because even if we say so ourselves: it’s rather beautiful here! More information can be found on the University website. What are you waiting for? Download the free PDF and get on your bike! 

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It is easy to rent a bike per day or per week.

Practical cycling information