Johans Kayak Site


The round trip starts at Wormer and has a distance of about 18 km.

The northwestern part is administered by Natuurmonumenten.

Starting point Wormer:

To get there you exit the N246 (Alkmaar - Wormerveer) at Wormer. You cross the bridge and then turn left. You come at the Zaan and you turn right along the canal. After a short distance you come at the starting point at the lift-bridge and locks. Kayak center Arjan Bloem is just a little further.

With the new network of numbered poles this is really easy. Start at 1 and head east across De Poel and Het Zwet. Turn right towards 22 (there is a pole on the corner of Het Zwet). Turn left and right again towards 23. Turn left and at the T-junction on the end of the canal left again in the direction of 21. At the wide water turn right and later left towards 20. When you come at a road there is a kayak pier with a picnic table left of the bridge. Go under the bridge towards 20 and turrn right towards 28. Turn left towards 14 and the right towards 18. Turn left towards 8. Then turn right and left again towards 5, 3 and De Poel. At the lake head west towards the locks at 1.
So in short the poles: 1 - 22 - 23 - 21 - 20 - 28 - 14 - 18 - 8 - 5 - 3 - 1.

Starting point Neck near Purmerend:

If you want to start at the easternmost point, you go to the windmill Neckermolen. To get there you exit the A7 at Purmerend (exit 5) and head towards the center of town. Then turn right twice in the direction of Spijkerboor. Follow the narrow road along the Noordshollands Kanaal until you come at the windmill. There is stone edge at the bridge.

From here there's only one way you can go. Follow the main canal until you see an island with trees straight ahead. Here you turn left and after the bridge you turn right to get to the actual starting point of this kayak route. There is a kayak-pier and a picnic table along the road.

Starting point Jisp:

To get here by car follow the signs towards Jisp from the town center Purmerend. The starting point is just before the first houses of Jisp on you left.

GPS Wormer (locks): Lat 52.5032, Lon 4.7949
GPS Neckermolen: Lat 52.5117, Lon 4.9196
GPS Jisp: Lat 52.5065, Lon 4.8675
Downloadable GPX-track: Wormer 18 km. (unpack and open with Garmin Basecamp or other program).

De Poel: starting point at the locks and liftbridge.

Neck and windmill Neckermolen along the Noordhollands Kanaal. This is the easternmost point of the Polder Wormer Jisp and Neck.

Heron in the village Wormer.


Bridge at Wormer where you can navigate between the northern and southern part of the polder. It is near windmill "De Koker".

Signage is very good in the Wormer. There are numbered poles and direction to the next pole is indicated. On every pole there is a small map, so you really can't get lost in this area.

There's only one road in the polder dividing it into the Jisperveld and and the Wormer. Towards Purmerend the polder narrows and ends at the windmill named Neckermolen. This narrow part is named Neck. This is one of the largest salty swamps in Western Europe. There is some cattle-breeding, but not much as all transportation has to be done by boat.