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. Click here to book now
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 4 days
Choose from Comfy Camping or excellent country properties
Shepherd’s Hut, Tipi or Mongolian Yurt available on selected trips
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 both of our camp locations, Wadenhoe and Barnwell, 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.
New to 2019, our Shepherds Hut now includes exclusive access to private facilities. Set in a lovely wooden cabin with river facing balcony, you have sole access to a kitchen, shower & toilet.
Dogs allowed (one well behaved dog permitted, must be kept on a lead and have own bedding).
“SPARROWHAWK” - TIPI
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, low tables, a full double bed, and a double futon bed, accommodating up to four people in total.
“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.
“SAMMY” - Narrowboat
Sammy is a cosy and comfortable houseboat, permanently moored for up to four people (and a dog) on a small rural mooring just a short distance from the market town of Oundle. Sammy enjoys uninterrupted views across the River Nene and surrounding countryside. A great place to experience life afloat, and to try something a little bit different.
Sammy is a well appointed and comfortable boat for up to four people. She has a large saloon with dining table, dvd player, a sound system and lots of books! The kitchen (galley) has a gas hob, grill, oven and microwave. The refrigerator has a small icebox and there is a full complement of pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware.The compact shower room has a sink, flushing toilet and shower. Sammy is double glazed throughout and has full central heating to keep you warm and toasty should it get chilly at night. The main bedroom has a double bed and a proper mattress, the single bedroom has two bunk style beds. Duvets, pillows, fresh bed linen and towels will be provided for your stay. We are accredited by Visit England and Sammy has a four star rating for her accommodation.
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 sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, baked beans, tea, coffee & milk. Traditional recipe pork sausages are 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. A vegetarian option is available and contains: vegetarian sausages, eggs, mushrooms, baked beans, tea, coffee & milk.
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:
One piece of marinated meat, two sausages, one handmade burger per person, plus: coleslaw, cheese slices and bread rolls. Relax around the campfire with friends - a perfect end to the day!
Our meat free option includes: One vegetarian burger, two vegetarian sausages, falafels & hummus, plus: coleslaw, cheese slices and bread rolls.
Optional Evening Chilli Pack
The Chilli Pack includes prime minced beef, tinned kidney beans, tinned tomatoes, stock cube, chilli powder, rice & tortilla chips plus salsa dip.
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 (currently closed summer 2019).
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
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.
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 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 day trip, and including all of the Comfy Camping, Hotel and B&B accommodation, starting from £115 per person.
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.