Johans Kayak Site

Around Waarland

Around Waarland (Rondje Waarland) 14 km. No portages.

Kayak rentals:

Starting point Dirkshorn:

A good starting point is in the center of Dirkshorn on the main road Alkmaar-Schagen (N245). There is a small harbour with parking space just on the edge of the water. This is a marked trip and green signs in the water will show you the way. The trip makes a big circle around the village Waarland, and is therefor named "Rondje Waarland", which means "Around Waarland". The circle is about 14 km. If you start and finish at Dirkshorn you'll make 2 more kilometers because Dirkshorn is a little away from the circle.

From Dirkshorn you go straight on under the bridge of the N245. Here you come to a small lake. Follow the south side, and straight across there is another canal. After two wooden bridges and a few bends you come at a junction where the circle around Waarland begins. Here you can go straight on and follow the circle clockwise or turn right and make the circle counter-clockwise. The latter is recommended if there is a strong wind from the west. Then you'll have a tailwind on the canal from Oudkarspel towards Zijdewind. If you decide to do so you paddle south for a few kilometers. When you reach Oudkarspel you can see the shipyard as on the photo above. A little further on the passage along the church is very pretty. After the church you turn left. You come at a small nature preserve named "Waartje". There is a small lake with big trees around it. Then you come at the canal "Omval-Kolhorn". A little to the south there are locks. Here is starting-point "De Buizerd". There are low site where you can easily step into the kayak. To get to the other site of the locks you have to carry the kayak from a point before the bridge, then follow the access road across the bridge, cross the main road at the traffic lights following the bike-road passed the locks (about 200 meters!). I had a talk to the lock-keeper. He is willing to lock trough kayaks during opening hours. Mo - Fr: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm. During weekends and national holidays: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. To continue the "Rondje Waarland" follow the canal to the east. After 2 km you pass a bridge near Waarland where is starting-point "De Luwe Stek". Go further east and turn left after you've passed the railroad bridge. Now you're heading north and pass the village Zijdewind. Just keep following the canal because there are no more side-canals until you reach the junction near Dirkshorn where the trip started. If you started at "De Buizerd" or at "De Luwe Stek", turn left here, otherwise you go straight on towards Dirkshorn.

GPS Dirkshorn: N 52.7497 E 4.7794


Iron fish at the starting point in Dirkshorn. There is an open air swimming pool nearby, but there's nothing else to see. In Groenveld there's nothing of interest to see.

Windmill at Zijdewind.

't Waartje


Bridge across the canal around Waarland. Here you can portage and continue in the direction Schagen on the canal along the trees. At the pumping station there is a low side where you can go out, at the canal there is a good kayak pier.

No kayak rentals any more at hotel restaurant De Buizerd.


At the locks Roskamsluis there are low sides. Portage along the access road across the bridge. Distance about 200 meters! During opening hours of the locks they are also operated for kayaks. Working days 9.00 am - 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm. Sundays and holydays 9.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm.