Johans Kayak Site

Apeldoorns Kanaal near Hattem

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At the nearby Vadesto just north of the Wiessenbergse Kolk along the Apeldoorns Kanaal. From here it is 1 km. to the intersection of the Veluwse Wetering. From Vadesto the trip will be 2 km. longer, with an extra portage.

Starting point locks and Hezenbergerbrug:

The starting point Hezenbergerbrug is just south of Hattem. Follow the main road to the south. There is a traffic light where you have to turn left into the Konijnenbergerweg. Just across the Hezenbergerbrug you turn right. On the south side there are low sides where it is easy to get into the water.

Round trip of 13 km

You head south and after 2.4 km. there is a small pumping station on your left. At the house just before it there is a small pier. It is not clear if it is private propertya as there is no sign on it. The pier is rather high, but here you have to go to the side to continue the trip in the polder. Follow the canal and pass a small lake on your right. At the intersection before the weir you turn right into the narrow canal. Follow the canal until you come at another weir. Just before the bridge you can go to the side on your right. It is rather steep, and the grass may be slippery when wet. You cross the bridge and after the bend in the road you can go into the water again. From the field on your right it is easy to step into the kayak. Follow the short canal and turn left on the Veluwse Wetering. After a while you see a big pumping station. Here you turn left. At the end of the canal there is another portage, this one is about 100 meters. Enter the dike and cross the bridge with the weir under it. There is an iron gate on your right which gives access to the field along the Zwarte Kolk. Just left of a hollow willow the sides are low and strong enough to step on it. Here you can go into the water again. Head north across the lake and follow the canal. After a short distance it merges with the Veluwse Wetering. You go straight on until you come at the Apeldoorns Kanaal. Here you turn left (or you you straight on towards Vadesto). You pass through the great locks (they are open during the summer) and after a bend you see the Hezenberger locks straight ahead. On the left side there is a sandy side and some steps are made. You can get out here, or turn right into the side-canal. At the bridge you can also go to the side, but the climb to the road is steep.

On youtube you can find a film impression of the route.








GPS Starting point Hezenbergerbrug: Lat. 52.4566 Lon. 6.0780

Starting point at the locks and Hezenbergerbrug.

Zwarte Kolk seen from the dike.

Zwarte Kolk. To the left of the hollow willow you can get into the water. From the dike you pass through the iron gate. There is no lock.

Wiessenbergse Kolk along the Apeldoorns Kanaal at Hattem. Two beavers have been signalled here. The lake is connected to the Apeldoorns Kanaal, but access is not allowed.

To Bonenburg (20 km both ways)

It will take just over one hour (7 km) to reach the only café and restaurant along the route "De Brug". From here it will take you less than half an hour to the locks Bonenbergersluis. The pier is rather high the kayak tends to float under it. But with some efford you can go to the side. On the other side of the locks are low sides, so it's no problem if you may want to go further. Opposite the locks is the estate Bonenburg, the woods are open for public. It is very worthwhile to enter the branch Grift just before the locks. At the end of the stream you can get to the side at the weir.

The Euroma herbs factory in Wapenveld.

The Grift.

End of the navigatable part of the Grift at Bonenburg.

The canal Apeldoorns Kanaal is a forgotten monument from the Industrial Revolution. Once it was built to bring industrial activity to the town Apeldoorn, but soon redundant because of the coming of railroads. Actually its history is similar to that of the British canals. In Brittain many effords are done to restore the old waterways, but the Apeldoorns Kanaal is forgotten. Locks are no longer operational. Many lift-bridges can not be lifted any more because the wooden pavement made place for concrete. Also many fixed bridges are made, so the canal is no longer accessible for boats, except for kayaks. The only staircase locks that were ever built in the Netherlands, were to be found in the Apeldoorns Kanaal, but unfortunately they are demolished. The foundation Stichting Apeldoorns Kanaal was founded to make the canal accessible for boats again. On their website (in Dutch only) you can find a detailed map and information about the present condition of locks and bridges. It is very worthwhile to explore the canal by kayak. It is nice quiet water for a kayak-trip. There are some bends from time to time, so you won't get bored paddling just a straigt course. Along the sides you can see many old farmhouses and remains of old industry including tall chimneys. Nature is beautiful and there are many big trees. A nice trip is to the estate Bonenburg. There are locks in the canal. Just before the locks you can make a right turn into the Grift and paddle upstream into the estate until you reach the weir. It is possible to get out of the water here.