The River Nene in East Northamptonshire is the county’s best kept secret and what better way to unlock its magic than exploring it in a Canadian open canoe. It’s an excellent way to shake off the stresses and strains of normal day to day life as it forces you to slow down to the rivers gentle pace. Rediscover our incredible heritage with beautiful villages like Fotheringhay, the birth place of Richard III and site of the imprisonment and later execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Or maybe Lyvden New Beild. This Elizabethan property was abandoned In 1605 when its creator Sir Thomas Tresham died and his son became embroiled in the Catholic gunpowder plot.
One thing is for sure, you will discover a piece of our Kingdom that remains unspoilt and is rich in heritage as well as being home to a wonderful collection of wildlife.
No time like the present!
There has never been a better opportunity to take a short break on the River Nene than now. And with our great selection of packaged breaks, incorporating our Shepherd’s Hut, Yurt, Tipi & Bell Tents, or our selection of excellent country hotels and B&Bs, you really will have an amazing choice of river adventures to choose from.
Our river adventures range from 1 to 5 days
Choose from Comfy Camping or excellent country properties
Shepherd’s Hut, Tipi or Mongolian Yurt available on selected trips
Or even discover “Champing” (Camping in a Church)
We have many options made easy for you
A unique experience
We hope to see you out with us soon for your paddling adventure!
Wonderful Range Of Comfy Camping Accommodation
Your canoeing adventure on the River Nene becomes complete with one of our comfy camping packages. Spend a comfortable night under canvas with the sounds of the river all around you. Wake to birdsong and the dawning of another day’s adventure.
Our spacious, bell tents can accommodate up to six people and still have room to move and relax inside. They are equipped with high quality air mattresses for a good night’s sleep, rugs, lighting and low tables.
A fire pit and a supply of firewood is also provided so you can all enjoy the evening round your campfire.
Tables and chairs are also supplied for outside use, as well as a toilet tent at sites with no toilet facilities.
A camp kitchen is also provided and will create a unique al-fresco cooking experience, equipped with all the utensils, cookware and crockery you need to knock up an outdoor feast. A breakfast box is included in all our Comfy Camping bundles…
BELL TENTS: Available at all three of our camp locations, Wadenhoe, Barnwell, and Fotheringhay, our light, airy bell tents are robust and fully waterproof. Inside are comfortable air mattresses, rugs and low tables. They can accommodate up to six with either single or double beds. Great for larger families and groups of friends.
“GREEN WOODPECKER” YURT: Available at Barnwell Camp Location, the 18ft diameter yurt with its magnificent roof structure provides you with a sitting room during the day, it even has a wood burning stove, supply of logs and its own front door! Three double futons give sleeping space for up to six people.
"Red Kite Cabin"
“RED KITE CABIN” - SHEPHERD’S HUT
Just for couples. Double bed with duvets & pillows provided, double glazing, wood burning stove and solar lighting. It really is a home from home.
Definitely a favourite amongst more adventurous groups, our majestic tipi provides a unique camping experience. Through the door hole this year you will find rugs and low tables arranged around a new central fireplace with a chimnea. It can accommodate up to six people on air mattresses. Full instructions are provided.
MERLIN - Green Bell Tent
Our specially commissioned bell tent made from heavy green canvas, Merlin sits on a raised wooden base and this year we have installed a wood burning stove. Inside are rugs, tables and two double futons.
Fabulous Fry-Up Breakfasts Included
All Comfy Camping breaks include a Breakfast Box which offers a selection of high quality, locally sourced food, selected, packed and delivered to your tent with minimum food miles. The Breakfast Box contains thick rashers of dry cured back bacon and traditional recipe pork sausages from our local butcher, Seven Wells at Oundle www.sevenwells.co.uk. Delicious cooked over your camp fire. Eggs from our own hens at Barnwell, fresh tomato and a handful of mushrooms added to the pan, with a large mug of tea or coffee makes a sumptuous breakfast, and a great start to a day on the river.
Evening Camp Meals
All our camps are within walking distance of a pub, but if you want to stay and stoke up the campfire, we’ve compiled a list of family favourites that we can supply for you to cook and enjoy…...
Optional Evening Camp BBQ Box
The Barbeque Box contains a selection of high quality meats from our local butcher, including traditional sausages, handmade burgers and barbecue specialities such as chicken, lamb steak or spare ribs in a delicious marinade, salad box, bread rolls from the bakery, and sauces. Relax around the campfire with friends - a perfect end to the day!
Meat free options include courgette and haloumi kebabs with hummus, falafels, corn on the cob or veggie burgers.
Optional Evening Chilli Pack
The Chilli Pack includes prime minced beef, onion, tomato, beans and spices. With rice and tortilla chips. A quick and easy meal for the whole family. Our meat free version includes Quorn mince.
Optional Evening Stew Pot
Or you could try the Stew Pot. Everything you need to knock up a hearty beef or seasonal vegetable stew. Great fun to make over the campfire and a fresh loaf of bread to go with it.
And just so you know, whilst cooking over the campfire is fab, there are gas hobs available in the kitchen tent… just in case…
This camp (exclusive to Canoe2) is located at one of the most tranquil and beautiful locations along the River Nene. Just a short walk along the Nene Way and you pass the 800 year old church. The setting here is just idyllic. A short walk from here and you arrive at the Kings Head at Wadenhoe which dates back to the 17th century. The perfect riverside thatched inn with an excellent reputation for its food, drink and atmosphere.
Key Points Include:
Great for Larger Groups
Choice of Paddle Distances
20 min walk to idyllic riverside pub
Exclusive to Canoe2, camp near the historic market town of Oundle on a small campsite overlooking the river with views across open farmland. The campsite is situated on a smallholding with sheep and chickens near a working boatyard and a rowing club. The village of Barnwell is about 25 minutes walk away where you will find the local shop and the Montagu Arms which is well worth a visit, serving a good selection of real ales and food. Alternatively Oundle is 30 minutes in the opposite direction where there is a wide choice of shops, pubs and restaurants.
Key Points Include:
25 min walk to the lovely local village pub
Your camp is located in one of Northamptonshire’s finest villages and on the site of Fotheringhay Castle. The castle (no longer standing) was famous for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587 and also the birth place of King Richard III. A 10 minute walk from the campsite and you will discover The Falcon Inn, a truly splendid place to end your day.
Key Points Include:
10 min walk to excellent village pub restaurant
Overnight Hotel/B&B Bundles
At Canoe2 we understand that whilst you might want a longer journey on the river, stopping under canvas might not be your thing? So we have teamed up with some of our friends along the river in order to offer you some great bundled river journeys with wonderful overnight accommodation near the river. It’s simple, one price and we arrange everything for you. We pride ourselves on offering stays at wonderful independent accommodation providers, each offering something very unique to their guests. Oh, and don’t forget we move your overnight luggage for you!
Lower Farm, Barnwell
Lower Farm B&B was converted from the farm’s old stables and milking parlour and can now provide you with a comfortable and relaxed country retreat tucked away in a picturesque and traditional farm setting. Each of their comfortable bedrooms looks out onto a central courtyard and it is here that guests can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast, served in their spacious breakfast room. Barnwell is a village full of character with its many thatched houses and a 300 year old pub, The Montagu Arms
The Woolpack Inn, Islip
The Woolpack benefits from being a one minute walk from your river exit point at Islip (Thrapston Nine Arches Bridge) and you’ll enjoy a friendly bar & grill, with great food & drink and chalet accommodation which was recently re-decorated. Simple, fresh, clean accommodation.
Castle Farm Guest House, Fotheringhay
A tastefully converted Victorian farmhouse, situated in one of England’s most picturesque and historic locations. With lawns running down to the River Nene at the front and adjoining the site of Fotheringhay Castle to the side, it is well placed to make the most of this wonderful Nene Valley village where Richard III was born and Mary, Queen of Scots beheaded
Pear Tree Farm, Aldwincle
Situated in the lovely village of Aldwincle in the Nene Valley, Peartree Farm is a quiet, comfortable and a very civilised place to enjoy an overnight stay. The fine old greystone building has a warm, welcoming interior, and all the quaint, pretty bedrooms have en-suite facilities. Some are in the farmhouse, the rest in the converted stable block.
The Haycock Hotel, Wansford
Steeped in history and beautifully restored, The Haycock Hotel has created a successful blend between old and new, luxury and tradition, but its 21st century cornerstone is very much in its relaxed, warm and friendly environment. The hotel reflects a welcoming but chic country style and this has been enhanced by the careful use of rich fabrics, hand painted murals, antique and comfortable furnishings.
The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston
The Bridge Hotel offers a warm and friendly welcome, and features old oak beams, log fires and period furniture. Each room boasts complimentary Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. The cosy dining room is one of the oldest parts of the hotel, and guests can enjoy food ranging from traditional British dishes to meals influenced from around the world, with food made from local ingredients
Canoe2 want you to get the most from your time on the river, and one of the great things about our packaged river breaks is that we take the hassle out of your trip by transporting your overnight belongings direct to your accommodation. Whether you are under canvas or in a hotel, for one night, or more, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your paddling experience.
We have price reductions on our Short Break Bundles for families of four or more, with at least two children aged 5 to 16 years of age. See our Trip Chooser for details.
We won’t charge you extra during school holidays!
We don’t believe in penalising families for paddling during the school holidays. We use the same price throughout our entire season.IT’S SIMPLE AND FAIR!
Please try our new Trip Chooser to help you select your perfect trip. You’ll find all options, from two half days right through to a full 4 or 5 day trip, and including all of the Comfy Camping, Hotel and B&B accommodation, starting from £138 per person