The North Sea Cycle Route is a 6,000 km chain of breathtaking routes and exciting experiences just waiting for the cycling tourist. It is based on existing national, regional and local cycle routes in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England.
The cycle route was officially opened in 2001, and is an international project between the countries participating, with 68 partners across the 8 countries. In 2003, the route was awarded a Guinness Record certificate confirming that the North SeaRoute is the world's longest cycle route.
The overall aim of the project is to develop the North Sea Cycle Route as the backbone of cycle tourism around the North Sea. This will not only assist development in rural areas, but also benefit the health of participants.
The Route explores an immense variety of scenery and experiences in the eight Northern European countries and provides the opportunity to cycle through cities, charming towns, villages and countryside. It will take you through coastal areas with sandy beaches and cliffs, as well as inland through woods and past traditional farmhouses.
With any of these routes, there is no need to worry about finding your way back, you may simply continue cycling and end up back where you started. You can also use one of the many ferry links to get back home. Simply follow the route using the dark blue bicycle logo. Before setting off, plan your route carefully, and use the planning tools offered by the website to create your own personal cycle guide www.northsea-cycle.com.