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Hillegom
CONTENT

A round trip of 13.5 km marked with signs "Bollenroute". One portage.

This trip can only be made during the summer months (beginning of April until half September) because a barrier is placed in the water for better regulations of the water-levels, and portage is impossible.

No kayak rentals

Starting point in Hillegom at the sport park De Zanderij at the Van Den Endelaan.

To the starting point: Take the N208 Haarlem - Lisse. In the center of Hillegom there is a side-road to the west near de Esso fuel station. This is the Van den Endelaan. At the end of the street is a parking place. The kayak pier is straight ahead behind the information sign

From the starting point you go to the right. Follow the bends to the left and take the second canal to the right. After a short distance you come at the only portage point on theis route. There is a good kayak pier. Continue left under the bridge. At the T-junction you turn right and then you turn left. At the next junction you turn right. This is the Oosteindervaart. At the end you come at the Ringvaart Haarlemmermeer. This is a wide canal and there may be motor boats passing. You turn left. At Bennebroek you come at a bridge. The sign "Bollenroute" indicates to go straight on, but this is for the 35 km version. You turn left just behid the bridge. This is a narrow canal closed for motor boats. You pass through Bennebroek and on you right you see the playground Linnaeushof. At the end of the canal you turn left at the T-junction. This is the Leidse Trekvaart. Follow the canal passed Vogelenzang. You go under a railroad bridge and after the bend to the left there is a long straight stretch towards De Zilk. About 200 meters after the bridge you turn left on the Hillegommerbeek. At the railroad the canal bend to the left and the you turn right under the railroad bridge. At the next T-junction you turn left and after a short distance you return at the starting point.

GPS De Zanderij: Lat. 52.2952, Lon. 4.5758.

Railway station Vogelenzang.

De Zilk.