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Trans Netherlands kayak trip 2000

Belgium to Amsterdam

This 265 km trip was held from May 27 until June 3, 2000

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The Netherlands are flat and there are thousands of miles of flat water. It's the delta of the river Rhine and the river Maas. This allows us to cross the entire country from any given point to any other point. It just means paddling and dragging the boats over the Dutch dikes. This is the second time we did this trip.

(The real reason we did this trip is that we all wanted to lose some weight)

 

The red dots indicate the route we took.

 

Family House kayak Blood Contact 

 

Friday, May 26

We arrive at the campsite behind the café at the watermill of Waalre. We stay here for two nights.

Saturday, May 27

Neerpelt (Belgium)-Waalre: 19 km

Dommel brook from Neerpelt   (south of Eindhoven) to Waalre. We transport the kayaks by car to Neerpelt in Belgium. We started at the parking place next to the church of Neerpelt. The water is narrow and takes sharp turns. Without all the camp gear we did this stretch without many difficulties.

Campsite:

CAFé CAMPING DE VOLMOLEN
VOLMOLEN 1
5561VH RIETHOVEN
+31-40-2533498

Sunday, May 28

Waalre-St. Oedenrode: 20 km

Following the Dommel through Eindhoven, a stop at the Van Abbe Museum, portaging near the Central Station, crossing a canal north of Eindhoven. We had a dinner at a pizza restaurant in St. Oedenrode. We found a shelter for the violent storm at the kayak club of St. Oedenrode.

campsites:

Osstade
Vresselseweg 6
5491 PC Nijnsel (Noord-Brabant)
Mevr. Bekker
Tel: +31-413-472827

Den Bergh
Bosscheweg 77
5281 AH Boxtel (Noord-Brabant)
Fam.Pennings/Mw.D.vd.Vries
Tel: +31-411-672511
Fax: +31-411-673260
Email: den.bergh@wxs.nl

Monday, May 29

St. Oedenrode-Ammerzoden: 52 km

The Dommel gets wider, we pass Den Bosch and reach the Maas river. We camp on the campsite at Ammerzoden, northwest of Den Bosch.

campsite:

Oude Veerhuis
Molendijk 1
5324 BC Ammerzoden (Noord-Brabant)
Tel: +31-73-5991342

 

Tuesday, May 30

Den Bosch-Woudrichem: 37 km

Open water this time, a visit of the town of Heusden, this time we paddle in the tidal waters of the Maas and Waal (Rhine). We see more ships, nasty waves. This is water for the sea kayaks. We camp along the Waal river at Woudrichem

campsite:

Mosterdpot
Stadshaven 1
4285 AZ Woudrichem (Noord-Brabant)
W.F. Maintz
Tel: +31-183-301574
Fax: +31-183-307334
Email: admin@mosterdpot
 

Wednesday, May 31:

Woudrichem-Schoonhoven: 27 km

The Waal river 7 km downstream, we take the river arm at the Avelingen nature reserve, there we have a 600 meter portage to the water of the Giessen near Schipluiden. Then straight north to Nieuwpoort and crossing the river Lek to Schoonhoven where we camp just outside this little town.

campsite:

'T WILGERAK CAMPING JACHTHAVEN 
LEKDIJK O 3
2871AD SCHOONHOVEN
+31-182-382836

 

Thursday, June 1, a holiday in Holland

Schoonhoven-Woerden: 30 km

We go straight to Woerden using the Wiericke. We stay at the yacht club "de Greft" outside Woerden.

campsite:

WATERSPORTVERENIGING DE GREFT
S GRAVENSLOOT 150
3444BK WOERDEN
+31-348-411909
 

Friday, June 2

Woerden-Baambrugge: 35 km

We leave Woerden and go to the Vinkeveense Plassen. This is the campsite closest to Amsterdam. We stay in the northeast corner of the lake on Jachthaven Bon.

campsite:

J C BON CAFé RESTAURANT ROEIBOTENVERHUUR
WINKELDK 24
3645 AP VINKEVEEN
+31-294-281394

Saturday, June 3

Baambrugge-Den Ilp: 43 km

A trip through the oldest parts of Amsterdam, including the Red Light district where we can’t go out of the boats because of the high canal walls. We pass the locks behind the Central station and end up 1.5 meters below sea level. Here the trip ends with a good meal.

 

Monday, June 5 (Only for Kees Vlaar)

Den Ilp-Berkhout: 35 km

Den Ilp-Berkhout (near Hoorn), a 35 km route along Purmerend, Beets, Avenhorn.

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