Barnstaple biker goes Dutch

Joseph Bulmer

To Holland and back could be a wheelie good idea

The man responsible for the steady stream of Dutch cyclists visiting the Tarka Trail this summer is now trying to persuade British bikers to travel in the opposite direction.

Barnstaple-based Eric van der Horst, known as the Cycling Dutchman and local Bikeability instructor, wrote a guidebook for overseas bikers visiting Britain in March. It describes a route from Harwich in Essex to Land’s End, which includes Exmoor and Barnstaple on the route.

Since its publication, cyclists from Holland have been seen on the Tarka Trail clutching copies of the guidebook.

Now Eric has written a new book, called Cycling in the Netherlands, in which he describes the very best routes in what is known as a cyclist’s paradise.

The book caters not only for novice cyclists, but also for parents who would like to give their children a safe cycling experience.

Eric selected the finest rides from The Netherlands’ 25,000-mile traffic-free cycle network, from scenic sand dune reserves and beaches to inland waterway routes, the tulip fields, medieval towns like Haarlem and Utrecht as well as Amsterdam.

The book comes in a handy format designed to fit into a standard bag or pocket on the bike’s handlebars.


It contains full route descriptions, high profile mapping, visitor information and accommodation suggestions.

On top of that, clear and concise information is included on how to travel to The Netherlands and how best to prepare for a cycling holiday.

The book costs �16.49 including postage and can be ordered from the website