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Netherlands Liberation Trail

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Netherlands Liberation Trail 2025

Pedal through the Liberation of the Netherlands: A Historic Tour to Freedom, filled with Commemoration and Camaraderie.


  • 3 days in the saddle
  • Historian guided
  • E-bike friendly

A unique event offers more than just a scenic ride; it’s a tour through time, with 3 days of pedalling with purpose; in the cycling capital of the world. This is a chance to immerse yourself in Allied Forces’ history and Dutch culture, honour heroes, whilst celebrating the victory and liberation of the Netherlands.

Ride with us as we join our North Sea Neighbours in pedalling through the Netherlands’ historic journey and celebrate the nation’s official Liberation Day, a final milestone in the lead up to the much anticipated 80th anniversary of VE day.

Itinerary and route summary

Day 1: Travel

St Pancras International – Nijmegen (via Amsterdam) 

Optional: Nijmegen Sunset March

Day 2: Cycling

Nijmegen – Nijmegen (approx. 118km, 545m)

Starting from Nijmegen, we’ll follow the path of the Rhineland Offensive, the pivotal final battle for Liberation of the Netherlands. Cycling through beautiful landscapes, we will visit Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery before heading south to Ysselsteyn German war cemetery with a highlight stop at the Overloon Museum.

Day 3: Cycling

Nijmegen – Arnhem (approx. 73.8km, 438m)

This day will follow the key landing sites of the Airborne divisions that were pivotal in securing freedom. We will visit the inspirational Freedom Museum followed by lunch spent in Nijmegen.

Day 4: Cycling and celebrating

Arnhem – Wageningen (approx. 72.3km, 404m)

The final day of cycling perfectly rounds up our historic tour as we ride into Wageningen (known as Liberation town), following the path of British Airborne Troops. The tour will culminate with the Liberation Day Festival, a Dutch annual fete, commemorating victory and freedom of the nation, known as the largest liberation festival in the country.

To conclude the festivities, dinner will be served in the vibrant courtyard of the iconic Hotel de Wereld, the location where the surrender papers were signed by the Germans, ending the war in the Netherlands. Become one of the top fundraisers and you’ll get the chance to stay at the Hotel de Wereld on the final night!

Day 5: Travel

Wageningen - St Pancras International (via Amsterdam)

Pricing options

 Full FundPart FundFundraise
Initial Payment £2,250£300£300
Balance due 1st  Oct £500
Fundraise* £1,450£1,950



*Please note if you choose the option to Fundraise, £500 of your fundraising needs to be raised before the 1st Oct 2024. For both Fundraise and Part Fund options 50% of your fundraising needs to be raised by 1st Mar 2025. See T&Cs for for details.

If you choose to Fundraise, a proportion of your fundraising will go towards covering the cost of your place in the event. Please ensure this is clearly communicated to anyone who donates towards your challenge.

For those who are residents of the Netherlands, you can choose an option that does not include travel, reducing the initial payment to £187.

What’s included

  • A dedicated historian will be your personal tour guide at all the sites and battlefields we visit.
  • Three days of cycling; you’ll leave London by Eurostar on Friday afternoon and return to London on the following Tuesday.
  • Four nights’ of 3* hotel accommodation and meals catered for Saturday – Tuesday breakfast.
  • All your luggage transported to each overnight stop.
  • Medics, mechanics, and ride captains all on hand throughout the ride.
  • E-bikes encouraged and recommended for any novice cyclists who need that extra boost.
  • Full pre-ride support including a dedicated supporter care team, training plans and fundraising advice.
  • Access to further support on our dedicated Facebook cycling group.
  • An exclusive money-can't-buy medal for completing the ride!
  • An official RBL cycling jersey.

Netherlands Liberation Trail

Be a part of an exceptional cycling event tailored for riders of all levels.
Secure your spot


Can I join on my own?

Yes, of course! Many of our supporters sign up for the challenge as an individual - this is a fantastic way to meet new friends. Just leave the team name blank when you register.

Can I join as part of a team?

Definitely! There’s no minimum or maximum size of team. When you register, make sure to add your team's name to ensure you are recognised as a team.

Are there any age restrictions to participate?

For safety reasons all participants must be aged over 18 at the start of the ride. Participants under the age of 18 at the start of the ride are subject to approval of the events team and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What sort of bike do I need?

A standard hybrid, road bike or E-bike is suitable for this challenge.

We actively encourage E-bikes for this challenge. Riders will need to ensure responsibility for E-Bike charging, facilities will be available.

What fundraising support will I receive?

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a welcome email containing lots of information and advice about raising money for the Royal British Legion. In addition, the RBL team are on hand to support you every step of the way!

How do I go about raising money online?

When you register for the event your online fundraising page will be set up automatically.

Can we fundraise as a team?

Yes. This is very easy online, if you create a team when you register for the event team your online team page will be set up automatically. If you are joining a team that has already been created, you’ll be added to this team page.

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