Fortenroute: A round trip of 24 km. from the fortress Uitermeer to Weesp, Muiden and Naarden. One portage.
No kayak rentals.
Starting point at Fortress Uitermeer:Take exit S113 from the A9 south of Amsterdam and take the N236 in the direction Weesp and Bussum. After the bridge across the Vecht turn left to the fortress Uitermeer. There are kayak piers on both sides of the locks, but you can not park the car there. You can park at the entrance of the fortress (before the bend in the road).
From the kayak pier at the locks you head north to the river Vecht and then you turn right towards Weesp.
The distance to the liftbridge in the center is 3.5 km. On your right there is a restaurant along the river with a good kayak pier:
Eeterij De Schalkse.
You go under the bridge and follow the river. It bends to the right and you go under a railroad bridge. After a small distance the river makes a sharp bend to the left.
At. 3.8 km from the bridge in Weesp you go under the bridge of highway A1. There is work in progress as an aqueduct is being made here.
After the bridge you have to portage at the locks on your right.
At the Vecht there is no kayak pier, and in the summertime boats may be moored here. So you have to look for a place where you can go out.
At the other side of the locks the is a good kayak pier. You follow the bend to the left and navigate to the end where you find a small lake behind the
You can portage here to the estuary of the Vecht and go on the IJmeer.
For this route you take the side-canal Naarder Trekvaart. It is a 7 km. long canal that leads straight towards Naarden. After a bridge you reach the fortress Naarden. You can not navigate around it, but you can go to the other side.
When you return, you turn left just before the bridge of the Naarder trekvaart. Follow the canal and take the second canal to the right. There is a sign that indicates "Fortenroute". This canal named Karnemelksloot is very beautiful. On your right is the nature reserve "Naardermeer" (no access). You keep going straight on until you come at a T-junction. Turn right on the 's-Gravelandse Vaart towards the starting point. At the fortress there is a restaurant: "Uit en Meer".
GPS Fortress Uitermeer: Lat. 52.2923, Lon. 5.0845.
Fortress Uitermeer along the Vecht.
Windmills at Weesp.
"The Vechthoeve" or "Pippi Langkoushuis" was moved 300 meters away from highway A1 near Muiden because a new aqueduct will be made at the old location.
Castle Muiderslot at Muiden.
Lake behind the Muiderslot.
Estuary of the river Vecht into the IJmeer.
View on the IJmeer.
The great sea gate of Naarden. A memorial stone indicates the year 1632. But the gate as it is today was built in 1789. The walls on the outside are recently renovated.
Canal inside the fortress.