The Great Waterway Loop of Wielkopolska is perfect for kayaking, suitable for both experienced and beginners, and in every season. The trail as whole is easy to medium, without the necessity to carry your kayak and without any obstacles in the water (like floating logs or impassable shores). The rivers and canals are wide enough to organize even mass kayaking trips, such as the Critical Kayak Mass held annually in Poznań.
Of course, it is not necessary to circumnavigate the entire Loop at once. Numerous marinas allow you to organize even a one-day trip, ending with a campfire or a picnic. You can also plan your trip for a two or three days and stay overnight on a riverside camping at one of the marinas. And if you are looking for a better standard, then there are hotels, holiday resorts and agritourism farms to suit you.
Finally, you don’t need to bother yourself with owing a kayak – there are many professionals offering equipment rental and organizing kayak trips, who will be happy to take care of everything. Family holidays with children, a low-budget student trip or a weekend for two – everyone will find something for themselves on the Great Waterway Loop of Wielkopolska.
Our tips for beginners
You may start your kayak trip almost everywhere, but there are some places and parts of the Great Waterway Loop that we recommend strongly:
- Konin – Ląd – Pyzdry (2 days)
- Ląd – Pyzdry (1 day)
- Czeszewo – Hermanów or Nowe Miasto nad Wartą (1 day)
- Jaszkowo – Rogalinek (1 day)
- Poznań – Czerwonak (1 day)
- Oborniki – Wronki – Sieraków – Międzychód (3-4 days)
- Sieraków – Międzychód or Chorzępowo (1 day)
- Skwierzyna – Santok (1-2 days)
Noteć and Gwda rivers
- Piła – Ujście (1 day)
- Piła – Ujście – Czarnków (2 days)
- Czarnków – Wieleń – Drawsko (2 – 3 days)
- Wieleń – Drawsko (1 day)
- Gopło lake (1 day)
- Kruszwica – Ślesin (3-4 days)
- Ślesińskie and Mikorzyńskie lakes (1 – 2 days)