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Walking

Northern and central Limburg offers more than 2,700 kilometres of signposted walks which take you past the region's beauty spots. In addition to this network of marked walks and intersections, there are also long-distance walking routes, regional trails and NS 'rail&walk' day trips throughout the region, so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a fun and healthy walk!

You can order various maps of marked walks via the Lust for Limburg and VVV Midden-Limburg websites. Use the route planner to select one of the most popular routes or devise your own.

Networks of walks

The municipalities of Beesel, Bergen, Gennep, Horst aan de Maas, Leudal, Maasgouw, Nederweert, Peel en Maas, Roerdalen, Roermond and parts of Venlo, Venray and Weert have already developed/devised networks of marked walks.

A network of walks comprises a number of different marked walks that are linked together by intersections. This enables you to design your own route, decide for yourself how far you wish to walk and choose which direction to take at each intersection.

You can start your route from any intersection or from an official starting point. There is ample parking available at the starting points as well as an information board showing a map of the network in the vicinity.

You can follow the network of walking routes in both directions. Along the route, numbered signposts clearly show you the way from one intersection to the next, in both directions. This helps you to keep devising and discovering new walking routes for yourself.

The region's networks of walks are not all signposted in the same way but the numbering system is consistent, so it is easy to follow your chosen route. The signposting systems are summarised below

Networks of walking routes in Beesel, Horst aan de Maas, Leudal, Nederweert, Maasgouw, Peel en Maas, Roerdalen, Roermond and Venlo

The networks of walking routes in Horst aan de Maas, Venlo-WestMaas, Venlo-Belfeld, Roerdalen, Peel en Maas, Leudal, Nederweert, Maasgouw, Roermond and Beesel are all signposted in the same way. An example of a signpost marking an intersection is shown on the right. At the top you can see which intersection you are currently at and the direction you need to take to reach the next number.

Signposts displaying similar red signs indicate the route along the way.

Network of walking routes in Bergen and Gennep

Although the network of marked walking routes in Bergen and Gennep is signposted slightly differently from the ones described above, this network is also based on a system of numbered intersections. An example of a signpost marking an intersection is shown on the right. These signposts indicate the distance to the next numbered intersection and each signpost also features a map of the direct vicinity.

Signposts displaying similar red signs indicate the route along the way.

Network of walking routes in Venray

Interconnecting networks of walks have been developed in the villages around Venray. The routes are signposted by aluminium signs displaying the numbers. See the example on the right.

Signposts displaying similar aluminium signs indicate the route along the way.

Network of walking routes in Weert

While the municipality of Weert also features a network of walking routes, this network is based on coloured symbols instead of numbers. The network comprises several loops which are connected together.

This network forms part of a larger regional network of routes in collaboration with Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland and Grenspark Kempenbroek.

You can order a map of the walks via the Liefde voor Limburg and VVV Midden-Limburg websites. Use the route planner to choose from the most popular walking routes or devise one of your own.

'Waterwandelwereld' Water-Themed Walking Routes

In the border region known as Grenspark Maas-Swalm-Nette, there are 5 scenic water-themed signposted walks called 'WaterWandelWereld' routes. These routes are so attractive that the German Hiking Institute has certified each of them as a premium walking route or ‘Premium Wanderweg’. This German concept comprises unique walks which follow clearly marked routes through spectacularly varied nature and countryside, primarily on unpaved paths and tracks. They include cultural points of interest and offer sufficient opportunities to rest along the way. The routes are recertified every three years.

The Leudal route is in the municipality of Leudal, the Molenplas route in the municipality of Maasgouw, the Schwalmbruch route in the municipality of Roermond, and the Rode Beek route and the Meinvennen route are in the municipality of Roerdalen.

‘LAW’ Routes, Regional Trails and NS ‘Rail&Walk’ day trips in Northern and Central Limburg

An ‘LAW’ (‘Lange-Afstand-Wandelroute’ or long-distance walk) is a multi-day walking route which runs through several different regions of The Netherlands. LAWs can be found all over the country and are recognisable by their trademark white/red stripes on lamp posts and trees.

There are three different LAW routes located in northern and central Limburg, namely:

  • Pelgrimspad part 2 (LAW 7-2) from Den Bosch to Maastricht, covering 250 kilometres
  • Pieterpad part 2 (LAW 9-2) from Vorden to Sint Pietersberg, covering 257 kilometres
  • Hertogenpad (LAW 13) from Breda to Roermond, covering 238 kilometres

Regional trails are multi-day circular walks with a strong regional focus and are recognisable by their trademark yellow/red stripes on lamp posts and trees. There is one regional trail in northern and central Limburg, namely:
The Maas-Niederrheinpad – a cross-border route covering 342 kilometres.

NS 'rail&walk' day trips take you from station to station which of course means that you see the regional highlights. The following NS 'rail&walk' day trips are located in northern and central Limburg:

  • Maascorridor: 17 kilometres from Venlo to Kaldenkirchen
  • Mariapeel: 14 kilometres from Horst-Sevenum to Deurne
  • Meinweg: 34 kilometres in and around Roermond.

For more information about day trips and multi-day walks, see here