Hell's Highway 195 km
The Eastern route to Arnhem - 195 km
This 195 km (121 miles) route starts in Leopoldsburg (Bourg-Léopold, Belgium) where Horrocks' XXX Corps was stationed, and ends on the Airboneplein in Arnhem. In effect, the first 100 kilometres are the same as the HH 180 route. The HH 195 route is carefully designed to pass along some of the main points of interest of Operation Market Garden, but also crosses the border into Germany in the latter third of the route; effectively cycling through three countries in one day! From the city centre of Leopoldsburg, it takes the rider to the border crossing at Lommel, and then on to Valkenswaard, Eindhoven, Son, Sint-Oedenrode, Veghel, Uden, and Zeeland. From there it deviates Eastwards towards Cuijk, and across the border into Germany. After about 13 km -and two points of interest- the route rolls back into Holland were it crosses the Waal river at Nijmegen, and continues on an Easterly approach to Arnhem.
Please note: this route is recommended in the summer months when days are longer. Attempting this ride in September will result in missing POI's due to rushing it to get in before evening falls. An alternative is to break it up into 2 days.
Route length: 195 kilometres / 121 miles
Elevation gain: 361 metres
Grading: A moderate cyclist should be able to enjoy this route. However, the average speed is slowed down due to landmark visits. Expect a minimum of 9 hours in the saddle, excluding breaks. Including lunch and stops, this can take up to 12-13 hours.
This route goes through Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.
Route markers & cues
Below is an indication of the main points of interest you will find exactly along the route. The indicated km is a fairly accurate indication, but can vary a little. Especially if you deviate from the route. That is why most POI's also are also hyperlinked and state a town name. There are many POI's on this route. Stopping at each one will probably make the trip take too long. Therefore, you will have to be a little selective. The ones marked with a ★ are recommended. This website was made with Google Sites; external hyperlinks are checked for malware destinations by Google and therefore might take a fraction longer to load.
020.5 > German Military Cemetery, Lommel
034.1 > BE/NL Border, Lommel | SoundCloud Audio ▶️
039.1 > Liberation Memorial Borkel en Schaft | SoundCloud Audio ▶️
039.6 > Valkenswaard War Cemetery, Valkenswaard
044.0 > Victorie Brug; The first of many Market Garden bridges.
The Irish Guards 1st Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment, reached it on September 17, 1944 at 16.30.
044.6 > LRM#105, Valkenswaard | SoundCloud Audio ▶️
050.7 > LRM#106, Aalst-Waalre |SoundCloud Audio ▶️
056.0 > Eindhoven | SoundCloud Audio ▶️ The Sept 19, 1944 bombing
056.0 > Eindhoven | SoundCloud Audio ▶️ A paratrooper in Eindhoven
056.0 > Eindhoven | SoundCloud Audio ▶️ A tragic mistake
056.0 > Eindhoven | SoundCloud Audio ▶️ Snipers & guns
061.9 > 101 Airborne monument, Eindhoven
067.8 > Former US Military Cemetery, Son (sandy lane).
078.6 > Vlagheide Drop Zone A, Schijndel (short gravel path)
079.5 > Spitfire Memorial, Eerde ★
082.0 > WWII monument & Antonius Abt, Eerde | SoundCloud Audio ▶️
094.9 > Uden War Cemetery, Uden
100.5 > LRM#125, Zeeland | SoundCloud Audio ▶️
108.1 > LRM#127, Mill | SoundCloud Audio ▶️
110.5 > Ram Kangaroo Armoured Personnel Carrier, Mill
121.3 > LRM#131, Cuijk | SoundCloud Audio ▶️
126.3 > Memorial Lancaster lll ED997 Bomber, Oeffelt
140.3 > NL/DE Border, Grafwegen
153.7 > DE/NL Border, Wyler
157.0 > Devil’s Hill, Berg en Dal
164.2 > De Waalbrug, Nijmegen
194.0 > Airborneplein, Arnhem - END
All SoundCloud soundtrack links are from Liberation Route Europe.
All the location discoveries are from TracesOfWar.
If you stay the night in Arnhem, there is always the option of a local Bridge too Far ride. An option is the Arnhem Airborne Cycle Route.