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London to Amsterdam Cycle for St Christopher's Hospice

UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium Cycle CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

Cycling through the picturesque countryside of rural England, we cross the Channel and continue across the flat landscapes of France and Flanders in Belgium. Stopping in the magical city of Bruges enroute is a real highlight. We continue into The Netherlands and the low-lying fields of Dutch Zeeland, protected from the sea by huge barrages, and head north to Amsterdam.

After 4 long days of cycling, the sight of Amsterdam’s canals, cobbled streets and wonderful architecture will evoke a real sense of excitement and achievement!


London to Amsterdam Cycle for St Christophers Hospice

5 DAYS
  • An early start from St Christopher’s Hospice allows us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It is not long before we are among the rolling fields and villages of rural Kent, passing orchards and traditional oast houses where hops are stored. We head through Tonbridge and follow country roads across the hills of the North Downs to Dover and the coast.Taking the ferry to Calais, we have dinner on board and cycle the short distance toour hotel in Calais. Night hotel. (Dinner on ferry not included)


    Cycle approx 128km (80 miles)

  • After a hearty breakfast, we ride parallel to the coast from Calais towards historic  Dunkirk, known best for the British evacuation in the Second World War. Our terrain is fairly flat, which will feel good after yesterday’s hills! The Belgian border lies roughly at today’s halfway mark; we cross it near the small town of Hondschoote. We continue along the flat roads of Flanders, passing dairy farms and polders – low-lying areas reclaimed from the sea. We will see many dikes and canals which protect the land, which is now extensively farmed and dotted with small villages. This area was of great strategic importance during the First World War, and much of the land was deliberately flooded in 1914 to halt the German advance. We pass preserved WW1
    trenches just outside Diksmuide. There are a few low hills approaching Bruges, but then we are in this ‘Venice of the North,’ famed for its canals. The historic centre is a World Heritage Site and an evening wander is a very pleasant way to wind down after our day’s efforts! Night hotel.


    Cycle approx 134km (83 miles)

  • Leaving the city, we ride north, crossing into The Netherlands at the small town of  Sluis, and continuing to Breskens. A short ferry ride takes us across to the busy port of Vlissingen, in Zeeland. Here we ride east along the low-lying peninsula, formerly an island, which is protected from flooding by a series of sea barrages. Back on the‘mainland’ we ride northeast through open fields of crops, passing small towns and villages. There are some low hills which stretch our legs before reaching the busier streets of Breda. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx 148km (91 miles)

  • Our last day is another long one, but mainly flat as we head north through intensively farmed fields, which stretch for miles along our route. Most of this region is artificially created by man-made dikes holding back the sea. These polders are huge and the many villages, and intensive agriculture that takes place, is a testimony to man’s ingenuity and skill. We pass the historic town of Woerden, known for its Goudacheese-making, en-route to the suburbs of Amsterdam. We then savour the experience of pedalling into one of the most cycle-friendly cities in Europe, passing canals and fascinating buildings on our way to the heart of the city and the end of our rewarding challenge! This evening we have a big celebration to mark our achievements. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx 145km (90 miles)

  • We have free time to enjoy the sights of Amsterdam – a wonderful place simply to wander – before meeting at the well-known Centraal Station for our Eurostar journey back to London St Pancras. (Lunch and Dinner not included and bikes will be transported separately via road back to St Christopher’s Hospice)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £150 Fundraising target £1,995 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels convenient to our route. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

    There may be a limited number of single rooms subject to request, on a first-come first-served basis, after you have booked. Extra charges will apply.

  • The food provided is plentiful and will give you plenty of energy. Lunches are generally buffet-style while dinners are usually eaten at the hotel. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support crew, including mechanics. Our leaders are selected for their knowledge and experience, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises; they are also trained in first aid. The crew will have mobile phones and/or radios where appropriate, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary.

    The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, making you lunch and sorting out any mechanical problems. Support vehicles are with the group all of the time, and carry all luggage and spares.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • Your booking is part of a group challenge, and the tour costs and fundraising targets listed on our website are based on a minimum number of participants which is shown on the challenge  Our typical groups run with approximately 20-30 participants; however you may find your group is smaller or larger than this.

    We will confirm at least 12 weeks prior to departure that your challenge is guaranteed to run. Occasionally it may be possible to still run the challenge with less than the minimum numbers, subject to a small group supplement.  If we think a small group supplement may be necessary, we will discuss this with you as soon as possible, usually 5 months before your departure date. 

    Minimum numbers and groups sizes may vary on Bespoke Charity challenges.  If you are booked onto a bespoke challenge please contact your charity for full details.

  • In the unfortunate circumstance that you need to cancel your booking, we would ask that you notify us in writing either by post or email.  Your cancellation will be considered effective from the date the notice is received. Registration fees, amendment fees and insurance premiums are non refundable and, depending on your payment option and how close it is to your challenge departure date, you may be liable for a cancellation charge.

    Full details of all cancellation charges may be found in the Terms and Conditions of booking.

  • You go to some amazing places but you never refer to your trips as holidays, why is that?

    We are organisers of Fundraising Challenges, offering trips that are designed to push your limits, they are not holidays. They involve preparation in terms of fundraising and improving fitness. There is a special atmosphere on our trips that you just don’t get on a holiday no matter how active they are – money cannot buy the sense of achievement and self-confidence you will feel after completing the challenge.

    Your website talks about Open and Bespoke Challenges, what is the difference?

    Open Challenges are trips featured in our Brochure, they are made up of groups of people fundraising for different charities but all with one thing in common – pushing limits and doing something worthwhile. These types of trips offer you three different payment methods – fundraising, self payment but donate all funds raised to charity, and self payment requiring no fundraising. Our Bespoke Challenges are those that we have been invited by a particular charity to organise for a group of their fundraisers.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience, fitness and ability as well as all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. If you have concerns about your fitness or if you have reduced mobility please do contact us for a confidential chat about whether this challenge is appropriate for you.

    For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Travel Insurance is compulsory on our challenges; we strongly suggest that you arrange insurance cover as soon as your booking with us is confirmed. Should you need to cancel on medical grounds, you will need insurance to cover the costs involved (registration fee and any trip costs depending on cancellation date). 

    You should also ensure that you have adequate cover for the type of challenge you are taking part in as well as medical emergencies, evacuation and repatriation.
    You can obtain a quote with Insure to Travel from our website at: https://www.discoveradventure.com/essential-information#/buy-travel-insurance, or you may choose to take out your own travel insurance, just remember to let us know the policy number and emergency phone number!

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

Buy your kitbag

Kili bag - reduced.jpg Only £42 - designed to deal with the rigours of your challenge.

Easier for accessing gear than a rucksack (especially when camping) this is probably the most cost-effective way to take your luggage on a Discover Adventure challenge!

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Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

CHALLENGING trips involve full days of activity, and are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but are achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude.

See Trip Grading Explained.

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