After a successful convention at Delft train station (and super easy bike rentals using OV-fiets: 10 euros/year and then 3 euros/day to rent bikes from any station!), we biked 4km along the Schie canal to Delflandhoeve, a peaceful campground that also hosts events, offers food and drinks, and rents kayaks/canoes/bikes. We rented single kayaks for 10 euros (for a half day - paddle/boat only). The owner was very helpful - he provided us with maps, told us a bit of history about the area (in English), and let us store our extra belongings in a beautiful wooden lodge near the launch site. The kayaks were a mix of plastic light-touring boats and whitewater kayaks - nothing fancy, but they did the job. From Delflandhoeve there are two obvious kayaking routes - one loop that takes 30 minutes and another that takes 2.5 hours. We ambitiously embarked on the 2.5 hour loop, though the wind was howling and I would not normally take a group out in such conditions. However, the canals here are generally very sheltered, and the wind only becomes a challenge when the canal is in the exact direction of the wind.
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Distance: 6.4 km (4 miles)
Duration: 3 hours (including lunch)
Weather: Super windy (Bft 6)