A round trip of 18.5 km on the Langbroekwetering, Cothergrift and Kromme Rijn between Odijk and Cothen.It is advisable to make tris trip clockwise as there is more current on the Kromme Rijn than there is on the Langbroekerwetering. It is not difficult to paddle against the current, but especially where the river is narrow like between Odijk and Werkhoven, it certainly slows you down.
It's not advisable to start in Wijk bij Duurstede. There is limited parking space and there's paid parking. The sides are rather steep.
Kayak rentals:Paviljoen Buiten, Singel 40 A, 3984 NZ Odijk. Tel.: 030-6624746.
Camping:Camping Strosteeg, Langbroekerdijk 23A, 3972 NC Driebergen-Rijsenburg. Tel.: 06-28570895.
To the starting-point Odijk:Exit the highway A12 between Utrecht and Arnhem at exit 19 towards Wijk bij Duurstede. Turn left at Odijk. The road goes around the village. After a bridge turn right on the Rijnseweg in the direction Langbroek. After the second bump in the road you see the starting-point on your right.
Alternative starting points:
- Near Bunnik: At the bridge towards Rhijnauen is a kayak pier and a small parking lot. It can be very busy here.
- In Bunnik at the bridge Tolhuisbrug. Unload the kayak at the bridge for bicycles and park for free at the church (50 meters across the Kerkepad). The starting point is across the bridge. This is a popular place for letting dogs out, so be aware they may drop something here and there.
From the starting-point Odijk you go to the left. After a short distance you come at a weir. This is the most difficult one in the trip. Many plants make it difficult to go to the side. After a while you see on your right Castle Sterkenburg. Before you come to Langbroek you pass another weir. In Langbroek you turn right on the Cothergrift. Here's another weir. When you come at the Kromme Rijn it is 3 km to the left towards Wijk bij Duurstede. For the round-trip you turn right under the bridge. You come at the weir of Cothen. There are good kayak-piers here. About 2 km to the north you can turn left following the original course of the the river. There is a side-canal that leads towards the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal. There is a small recreation area at the pumping station. A little further the river and the shortcut join. About 2 km further you come at another weir near Werkhoven. Then you see on your right the castle Beverweerd. Currently there is an exhibition of painter Geert Jan Jansen. After the woods the river meanders throught the meadows and you return to Odijk. You see the starting-point on your right.
GPS Rhijnauen: Lat 52.0683 Lon 5.1778
GPS Bunnik Tolhuisbrug: Lat 52.0686 Lon 5.2034
GPS Odijk weir: Lat 52.0509 Lon 5.2450
Starting-point at Odijk where the Langbroekerwetering flows into the Kromme Rijn.
Cothergrift with the church of Langbroek.
Detour on the meander in the river. In the background on the right you see the watertower of Werkhoven.
Portage at the weir near Werkhoven. There are good kayak piers.
On the stream that runs parrallel to the Kromme Rijn.
You can navigate around the castle and pass under the beautiful iron bridge.