The national long-distance cycle network (LF routes) is a series of routes intended for cycling holidays. All the routes have been given a number. Together they form a network that takes you all across Holland. The LF routes are signposted. They are also marked on the online cycle route planner and every decent cycle map.
How does it work?
As they form a network, you can use the LF routes in different ways:
- Independent route
- Several routes have been combined into longer routes, e.g. Dutch Coastal Route (LF1, LF10) and Zuiderzee Route (LF21-23)
- Sections of routes have been combined into longer routes, e.g. Tour of Twente (LF14, LF15, LF8)
- Use the network to make your own route
- Some routes connect with European Cycle Routes, e.g. Rhine Cycle Route and North Sea Cycle Route
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.
Please note that the LF routes are to undergo a radical overhaul in 2017-2021.
Overview of the LF routes
Below you'll find a comprehensive overview of all the LF routes. We also have a more elaborate overview of LF routes with short descriptions and photos.
|310 km||Den Helder - Sluis|
|340 km||Amsterdam - Brussels (Belgium)|
|170 km||Holwerd - Kampen|
|135 km||Kampen - Millingen|
|230 km||Arnhem - Maastricht|
|290 km||The Hague - Enschede|
|20 km||Thorn - Roermond|
|40 km||Maastricht - German border|
|385 km||Alkmaar - Maastricht|
|100 km||Ommen - Winterswijk|
|455 km||Nieuweschans - Breda|
|275 km||Callantsoog - Nieuweschans|
|125 km||The Hague - Breda|
|220 km||Maassluis - Nijmegen|
|290 km||Vlissingen - Venlo|
|290 km||Lauwersoog - Enschede|
|260 km||Alkmaar - Enschede|
|230 km||Zwolle - Darfeld (Germany)|
|60 km||Gorinchem - Wijk bij Duurstede|
|35 km||Deventer - Holten|
|265 km||Haarlem - Groningen|
|155 km||Amsterdam - Afsluitdijk|
|135 km||Afsluitdijk - Kampen|
|115 km||Kampen - Amsterdam|
|50 km||Breskens - Sas van Gent|
|110 km||Eindhoven - Antwerp (Belgium)|
|405 km||Amsterdam - Amsterdam|
|270 km||Millingen - Hook of Holland|
|220 km||Katwijk - Nijmegen|
|430 km||Maastricht - Hook of Holland|
Also see our overview of LF routes with short descriptions and photos.