Balancing on the Berkel

If you fancy a sporty adventure, a good workout and enjoy life outdoors, rent a SUP boards and paddle along the Berkel, a river that winds through the Achterhoek region and joins the IJssel in Zutphen. 

“Paddle an SUP-board along the picturesque River Berkel.”

Anyone wanting to explore the Gorssel region while giving themselves a workout (yes, your muscles will really feel it) can rent an SUP board at De Berkel swimming pool in Almen. From here you can paddle your stand-up board down the river. Last century the Berkel was canalised but a few years ago its natural character was restored, so now it can meander through the countryside once again. Moor up for a coffee break at Theetuin ’t Besselink

Nice to know!

Until the end of the 19th century, the Berkel was used by berkelzompen: small, flat-hulled barges. Nowadays you can take a boat trip on an old berkelzomp.

  Suppen over de Berkel  
Address: Berkelweg 7, Almen (De Berkel swimming pool) 
Open: Mondays from noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.