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Vianen

As mentioned in the section on the River Lek, the moorings at WV De Peiler are a good alternative to the visitors moorings near the lock for a stop at Vianen. There is a friendly reception from the duty harbour master and the facilities are well kept. The large lake offers a tranquil setting for a peaceful evening, although the wash from the regularly passing barges on the river do affect the berths near the entrance quite badly. Unmetered 6A electricity, and water are included in the modest overnight fee, and some 16A supplies are available on request.

It is a 20 minute cycle ride into the town (either via the fields, by turning left at the top of the footbridge, or the more normal route through the gate and along the road, by turning to the right). A key for the gate on a giant wooden fob is provided on free loan. There is a market from 1000-1600 on Wednesdays, or if you fancy something nearer to home, you can visit Boer Bertus, an Eetcafe at the adjacent Campsite Clementie for some honest home cooking (turn right out of the gate).

Gorinchem - lock & moorings

The Lingesluis lock which gives access into the central moorings of the Lingehaven in Gorinchem no longer closes for lunch and is open 9am to 8pm May to September. Winter hours (April and October) are 10am to 4pm. The facilities are in the white block on the east side of the inner lock (which is always open) - best moorings are in the boxes in the first bay on the east side.

There isn't much space to manoeuvre in the harbour when it's busy, so I wouldn't recommend it for boats over 12m, and their summer weekend festivals make it a busy place to be so one to avoid if you don't like crowds.

If you stay four nights, you get the fifth night free, and that can be all in one go, or five separate visits.

Visit the Lingehaven website for details of their summer music events.

Tiengemeten

Since the opening of the Haringvliet locks and the introduction of some tidal flow in the Haringvliet, the island of Tiengemeten has been returned to marshland and turned into a kind of wilderness tourist attraction. A foot and cycle ferry takes visitors across from Nieuwendijk and boats can moor during the day in the small 'Grote Haven'.

There are cycling and walking routes around the island (bikes to hire for €3/day) and a cafe at the easternmost end. Try to visit during the week to get a feeling of the natural wilderness that was intended, rather than the overcrowding of visiting cyclists.


Lauwersoog

The long promised new visitor's harbour on the sea-side of the lock at Lauwersoog has finally been opened. The pontoons are located at the west end of the fishing harbour, just east of the sea lock. All the usual facilities, including launderette (including in mooring fee), nearby supermarket and chandlers.

There's more information (in Dutch) on the harbour's website. Their map has not yet been updated, but the harbour is roughly where the green '500' blob is marked (zoom in for more detail).