Round trip of 14 km.The route is marked with red and yellow poles (not many of them are left) named "Oude Dorpen Tocht". Four portages. You don't need a permit.
GPS: lat. 52.0426, lon. 4.7205
June 2016: a new bridge is being made across the canal towards Reeuwijk-Dorp. So there is an extra portage now.
The sides are low, so it's rather easy to pass.
Downloadable GPS-track of the Oude Dorpentocht: Oude Dorpentocht
(unpack and open with Garmin Basecamp or other program).
Kayak rentals: Sup en WatershopOudeweg 1c, 2811 NM Reeuwijk, tel.: 06-53251049. (closed on Teusdays and Sundays)
To the starting point:Starting point is at the Fokkerstraat in Reeuwijk.
Exit the highway A12 at exit 12 towards Reeuwijk. Head south on the Raadhuisweg along the canal.
When you come at traffic-lights where you can turn left to Sluipwijk, you go straight on. Then turn right twice, on the Einsteinstraat and Fokkerstraat.
At the end there is a parking place along the canal on your right.
The Raadhuisweg along the Breevaart is closed till the end of August 2016. Best alternative from exit 12 is to take the Reeuwijse Randweg towards the south of the village and when you come at the Breevaart turn left on the Zoutmansweg, and then left again on the Einsteinstraat.
From the starting point you turn left on the canal along the Nieuwdorperweg.
After a short distace you turn right under the bridge and then left again. You proceed on the canal along the Nieuwdorperweg. At the end of the village you come at a weir where you have to portage. There is a construction with rolls, so you don't need to take the kayak out. Just pull it across. The canal bends to the right, and then you turn left through the culvert named "Meervleermuisduiker", and then turn left again. Follow the canal along the narrow road. Just before the sign "Oud Reeuwijk" you turn right to the polder. The shallow water water slows you down, but you proceed to the end of the canal. There is a small park where you can portage across the road Kerkweg. Then you turn right.
At the end of the canal you go under a bridge and turn left. Follow the bend to the right, and keep following the canal. You pass a side-canal to the left. This goes to the pumping station and filled in locks towards Bodegraven. You go straight on. The canal bends to the right and you pass Oud Bodegraven. There are many low bridges, but there's only one that's too low to go under, so here you need to portage. You go straight on and pass Mc Donalds. There is a long culvert under highway A12. After the culvert you turn right. You have to portage at the weir, but here too are rolls so you can pull the kayak across. Follow the canal along the A12. The canal bends to the left and at the end you turn right.
Follow the main canal towards Reeuwijk. In Reeuwijk you turn right under a bridge. You pass the Ichthuskerk, and then you turn left to the starting point.
Portage at the weir under the highway A12.
Portage at the Kerkweg.
Along the Kerkweg.
Filled in locks in the canal towards Bodegraven. There are good kayak piers.
Portage at the low bridge in Oud Bodegraven.
The next bridge is good to go under.