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Lets Go Dutch in 2020

Saturday 13 – Saturday 20 June

Please note this ride is now fully booked. If you would like to go on the reserve list please let Julie Palmer know - but you don't need to pay a deposit.

This trip will take in two different cities. We will leave Clackets Lane Services early on Saturday 13 June 2020 and travel by DFDS ferry from Dover to Dunkirk. Those who wish may of course make their own cross channel travel arrangements. 

We will ride some 200 miles from Dunkirk to Nijmegen where we will stay until Wednesday 17 June at the Hotel Courage Waalkade and/or the nearby Hotel Credible depending on the numbers who wish to come. I have 10 rooms reserved which will be allocated on a first come first choice basis. 

Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands. With its many welcoming, historic streets its also one of the best shopping cities. It has a large selection of shops, cafes, terraces and excellent little restaurants where we can dine in the evenings. 

On two of our three days in Nijmegen we’ll visit some of the sites associated with the World War II Operation Market Garden. We’ll follow the route of 30 Corps as they struggled in vain over heavily defended narrow roads and bridges to reach the embattled Airborne troops at Arnhem, (portrayed in the book and film A Bridge Too Far). We’ll visit Arnhem and the Airborne Museum Hartenstein and memorials in Oosterbeek. On both these battlefields days we will be riding on the good local roads with time to take in the lovely scenery and eating local foods.  

On our third day you may wish to follow me on a trip along the Rhine River valley into Germany and along the Meuse River valley back into Holland. 

You can always choose on any day to do your own thing and perhaps spend time in Nijmegen or go to Amsterdam, about 90 minutes each way by train or MC. 

For the second part of our trip we’ll move on some 100 miles over lovely country roads and a car ferry to the Grand Hotel en Residence De Draak in Bergen op Zoom where we will stay until Saturday 20 June. 

This lovely hotel in the middle of the city is the oldest in the Netherlands dating back to 1397. All rooms are of unique character and style. It has a wellness centre, (at a surcharge), is equipped with a fitness studio, a sauna, an infrared sauna and a Turkish bath and I’m sure we’ll all enjoy its facilities as well as the excellent riding available in the area. 

Over the next two days we’ll visit some lovely little Dutch villages, ride over beautiful bridges, have lunch on a beach visit the HD Stealership in Goes and visit the Watersnood Museum about the North Sea Flood of 1953. 

On Saturday 20 June it’s a 125 mile ride to catch the ferry from Dunkirk. 

Although there are a few toll tunnels and a river ferry to negotiate there are no twisty mountain roads. We’ll ride at speeds of 70mph on the major roads on the Saturdays and you’ll be expected to keep up with the group or be ready to make your own way. 

The DFDS round trip ferry via Dunkirk will cost around £52 per MC depending on the departure times which I will confirm in due course. Hotels rooms will be around £580, a bit less for single occupancy, plus breakfasts and parking which because of a lack of basements in Holland is usually at a place nearby. 

If you’d like to come along then please complete the booking form. Deposits will be £100 per room, as we’re staying at two hotels. 

For further info give me a call, send an email or try actual face words.

E: steve.whitmore@surreychapteruk.org M: 07 986 448 891.