Day trips, long-distance routes, sections of international routes: there are more than 1000 cycle routes in Holland. Many of the cycle routes are conveniently signposted, so you won’t need to stop to consult your map all the time. If you’re following a marked route, which signposts do you need to look out for?
LF routes signposted at the ferry at Kinderdijk. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com
Signposts for the national long-distance cycle routes (LF routes)
Holland has a network of national long-distance cycle routes (LF routes) that take you all across the country. The LF routes are marked with green and white signposts in both directions (direction a and b). If you're cycling from West to East, or from North to South, you follow the signposts with the number of the LF route in direction a. If you're cycling from East to West, or from South to North, you follow the signposts with the number of the LF route in direction b.
The signposts can vary depending on the area you're cycling in. In particular the uncommon green sign on the toadstool signpost (see below) is easy to miss if you're looking out for the larger signposts. For more on the LF routes, go to: National long-distance cycle network.
Signposts for the numbered cycle network
The numbered cycle network, which covers the whole of Holland, is intended for recreational cycling. It is marked with green and white signposts in both directions. The signposts can vary depending on the area you're cycling in. At most numbers, or junctions, you'll find an information board showing you where you are. For more on how the numbered cycle network works, go to: Numbered cycle network.
Signposts for themed cycle routes
The themed cycle routes have been partly replaced by the numbered cycle network, but there are still some interesting routes left. The themed routes can be day trips or long-distance routes. All the themed routes are marked with hexagonal signposts.
Signposts for mountain bike routes
Off-road cycling is a bit of a problem in Holland. With so many cycle paths, there is little room left for mountain bikes. Frankly, mountain bikers are notorious for being a nuisance, as they like to cycle in places where it is prohibited. There are some official mountain bike routes. These are marked with a round sign with a triangle and two circles underneath.