The Dutch Automobile Association (ANWB) set out a route in cooperation with Port of Rotterdam.
You will find yourself going all the way around the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway) area including the many harbours, industry, Storm Surge Barrier, beaches and nature.
On April 21st 2003 I drove a very small part of it. Leaving home (Brielle) I crossed the Brielse Meer (lake), the Hartel Canal and the Caland Canal to drive up the point of land at Rozenburg, to end with a late lunch at the Rozenburg Ferry. Then I drove back along the sluice of Rozenburg, through the industrial area, back home.
The total route was about 40 km.
Now turning to the other side, the New Waterway where in the distance you see the great Storm Surge Barrier. Two white arms the size of an Eiffel Tower each, will have to keep the water out when there is Spring Tide that, with some other factors, would flood the land behind from the coast to Dordrecht and the Biesbosch.
Note the well-maintained cycle path all along the point of land and parallel to the road.
Driving along the 'Landtong Rozenburg' one sees the Caland Canal on one side, and a natural dune landscape on the other side.
The landscape here is very special and developed on its own when the point of land was created by the engineers.
This very narrow strip of land amazingly turned itself into a kind of natural dune landscape.
The area can be entered freely on foot or by bike. No dogs allowed!
In this area live Scottish Highland cows that are halfwild and live in families. They give birth in the wild too. The cows maintain a network of paths and their grazing creates a half open landscape with here and there coarse thick bushy parts.
Numerous yellow signs also caution you to keep any noise down. This is also an important bird breeding area.
The area is sponsored by the Wereldnatuurfonds (World Wildlife Fund WWF).
The Caland Bridge crosses the Caland Canal that flows parallel to the 'Nieuwe Waterweg'. On entering the mouth of the Nieuwe Waterweg, extra large ships go via the Caland Canal and the smaller (though still very big!) ships go on to the harbours further upstream along the 'Nieuwe Waterweg'.
Currently a tunnel is being built aside the Caland bridge to ease traffic.
If you go anywhere from my hometown Brielle, then you will always cross this bridge. Countless times I have waited because a ship would pass by. Sometimes it irritates me because it means a delay. Mostly though, I enjoy those giant ships passing by right in front of my nose.
Now to give you an idea of the region, please click the picture to reveal the map.
I drove from brielle to Rozenburg (not quite the route that my routeplanner shows) and drove along that very thin strip of land between Europoort and Hoek van Holland. Right to the tip and back again.
I then checked out the Ferry Rozenburg-Maassluis and returned by way of the sluices.
Now the orange block on the left is Vlaardingen which is connected to Rotterdam.
The middle orange block is Delft and the top orange block is The Hague.
I think you will now know where we are!
I hope to get a good map later!
Also known as the Maeslant Barrier, will protect the land in case of a spring tide with added factors that would flood the land even as far as Dordrecht and the Biesbosch.
The 'dock' (the red part that you see here) looks like a sort of scoop that places itself under the ship and 'scoops' it up to above water level.
A moveable dock in the middle of the Caland Canal attracted my attention. It seems it has just half a ship on it.
You can stop almost anywhere along the one road that goes along the 'Landtong Rozenburg'. Which is really great if you want to make a photo.
Driving along the 'Landtong Rozenburg' one immediately hits on this drilling rig as it majestically rises from the water.
The Port of Rotterdam with its industry and freight traffic works 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Even on a bank holiday like the Monday after Easter!