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Trips in the bluey/greeney/aqua-ey colour are our standard trips - Either a day or less, or multi-day where you bring your own tent. These include hire of your canoe & equipment, as well as transport at beginning or end of your trip, where necessary.

Trips in the goldey/yellowie colour are our fully serviced “Short Breaks” - These also include overnight accommodation in our Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi or Bell Tents, or carefully selected B&B’s. And the best bit? Fabulous breakfasts and baggage transfer as standard! There’s a “Short Breaks” paddle link above if you’d like more general info

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2 Hours

Trip 1 - Rushden Lakes Boathouse, Lake & River, Paddle out & Back From £35.00 per canoe

Wonderful as a first time paddle. Start with a gentle paddle across the lake, then explore the beautiful River Nene, before making your way back, perhaps to enjoy one of the many excellent cafe’s & restaurants before heading home. This great value paddle also benefits from the convenience of paddling out and back from Rushden Lakes, making it perfect as part of a regular keep fit regime (ask about our regular “canoe-nasium” paddler discounts).

2 Hours

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

Miles=You Choose

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1/2 Day

Trip 2 - Rushden Lakes Boathouse, Lake & River, Longer Paddle out & Back From £43.00 per canoe

Much like the 2 hour “paddle-out-and-back”, but longer. This Half Day paddle across lake and out to river gives you around three-and-a-half hours on the water

1/2 Day

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

You Choose

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1 Day

Trip 5 - Rushden Lakes to Thrapston Nine Arches Bridge From £80.00 per canoe

Really full, fabulous day this one, meeting at The Boathouse at 8.15am, a full day paddling downstream with lovely Woodford Mill Tea Room for lunch, and pick-up from Thrapston Nine Arches Bridge at 5.00pm to return you to Rushden Lakes, where you can perhaps enjoy a well earned meal at your favourite restaurant over-looking the lake

1 Day

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

10 miles

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Trip 4 - Rushden Lakes Boathouse, Lake & River, Longest Paddle out & Back From £60.00 per canoe

Make the most of our fab start/end point at Rushden Lakes Boathouse with this full day paddle. Head out across our lake, and head out on the river for the day, upstream passing by Chester Farm and on to Wellingborough Embankment & beyond, or head downstream to Stanwick Lakes, exploring the lovely backwater. When you get back to The Boathouse at the end of your day, you might choose to pop in to your favourite lakeside cafe or restaurant for a drink and a bite to eat.

1 Day

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

You choose how far to paddle

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Trip 6 - Thrapston to Oundle From £90.00 per canoe

A wonderful stretch of river, and a bit of a favourite day trip for many of our customers. It might be the beautiful scenery, or the slightly later start, or maybe it’s the absolutely idyllic riverside pub, The King’s Head, perfectly placed at Wadenhoe for a fab lunch stop - great food, drink, and a wonderful garden with willow trees and pub benches

1 Day

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

8.5

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2 Days

Bundle 2 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping at Barnwell From £148.00 per person

Our most popular two-day Comfy Camping trip which includes a wonderful stretch of river, and a great overnight stop at Barnwell in one of our Bell Tents, our Yurt, or Tipi, including transport back at end of your trip, the all-important baggage transfer, as well as everything you need for a fabulous fry-up

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

16 miles

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

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Bundle 10 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay, B&B at Barnwell From £154.00 per person

Our most popular two-day Bed & Breakfast trip which includes a wonderful stretch of river, and a great overnight stop at Lower Farm B&B in Barnwell, including transport back at end of your trip, the all-important baggage transfer, a wonderful hearty breakfast, and the chance to enjoy an evening at a proper CAMRA rated village pub, The Montagu Arms.

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

16 miles

Bed & Breakfast

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Bundle 1 - Thrapston to Oundle, Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe From £148.00 per person

With just 2 or 3 hours paddling each day, combined with an idyllic overnight stay in our Bell Tent field camp at Wadenhoe, this trip gives you lots of time to enjoy Wadenhoe and the surrounding area, perfect for families with younger children not wanting to spend too much time on the river, or perhaps for couples or groups of friends looking for a truly relaxing couple of days combining a little paddling with a relaxing evening and some great food at the most perfect riverside pub, The Kings Head, Wadenhoe

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

8 miles

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

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Trip 9 - Rushden Lakes to Oundle Mill From £145.00 per canoe

​Two days paddling (total 18 miles), taking your own tent along, camping overnight at Wadenhoe Camp field. The camp is 14 miles in so a long first day, a challenging paddle, and then a far shorter second day of just 4 miles, though this can be extended with a lovely paddle around Barnwell Country Park backwater.

2 Days

All-Adult Group

18 miles

Bring your own Tent

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Trip 10 - Thrapston to Oundle Mill From £145.00 per canoe

Just 2 or 3 hours paddling each day, and camp overnight at Wadenhoe with your own tent

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

8.5 miles

Bring your own Tent

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Trip 11 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay From £165.00 per canoe

​Popular two-day paddle, nicely balanced at around 8 miles per day, and camping overnight with your own tent at Barnwell Camp location

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

16 miles

Bring your own Tent

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Bundle 17 - Thrapston to Oundle “Champing” at Aldwincle From £163.00 per person

​Two short days paddling, and unique experience sleeping over in the beautiful Allsaints Church, Aldwincle. Church Camping, known as “Champing” is a lovely experience and the church is just a short walk from the river. Breakfast is delivered to the church in the morning to complete your stay before you set off for your second day paddling. As with all our “Bundled” trips, pick up from the end of the second day, as well as the all-important baggage transfer to/from the church, are included.

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

8+ miles

Church

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Bundle 3 - Rushden Lakes to Oundle - Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe From £148.00 per person

Long & fairly challenging first day, paddling 14 miles and passing 8 locks. Great stop at Wadenhoe camp field, overnight in our bell tents. Then a short day of just 4 or 6 miles on day two, with a lovely little backwater being the optional extra two miles. The challenging first day, fun night with a pub just 20 minute walk away, and a nice easy second day, make this a great choice for stag & hen parties.

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

18-20 miles

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

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Bundle 8 - Rushden Lakes to Oundle, B&B at Islip/Thrapston From £144.00 per person

​Starting out from our base at The Boathouse at Rushden Lakes, this two-day paddle to Oundle takes in some beautiful stretches of river, and you can enjoy a pleasant overnight stop at either The Woolpack Inn, Islip (just seconds walk from the river, this is a great pub with good food and simple chalet rooms), or at The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston (on the other side of the river, a nice traditional & comfortable hotel).

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

18.5 miles (10, 8.5)

Bed & Breakfast

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Bundle 9 - Thrapston to Oundle, B&B at Aldwincle From £138.00 per person

Lovely, easy going two-day paddle, with just a couple of hours on the river each day. Perfect for younger families, or couples that simply want to take it easy. You get to stay at the lovely B&B in Aldwincle, Pear Tree Farm where a good rest and wonderful breakfast await you. Plenty of spare time on this trip, to enjoy local walks in the Aldwincle/Wadenhoe area, or spend your free time at the idyllic riverside pub in Wadenhoe, The King’s Head. Great food in the restaurant, and great drink by the riverbank. Need we say more?

Possible extra hour or so around the beautiful Barnwell Country Park Backwater on day two, if you fancy it.

2 Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

9 miles (5, 4, maybe 2 more)

Bed & Breakfast

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3+ Days

Trip 12 - Taking Your Own Tent for 3 Days or More From £235.00 per canoe

If you’re looking to paddle and camp for 3 days / 2 nights or more (perhaps up to 5 or 6 days), we have numerous options, and advice for you, depending on how much paddling you want to do, and what sort of camp location you’re looking for - probably best to give us a call on 01933 522 223

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

from 18 miles

Bring your own Tent

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Bundle 15 - Rushden Lakes to Wansford, with B&B stopovers From £468.00 per person

​The full, and fabulous 5 day adventure, with luxury of B&B accommodation all the way, and including our all-important baggage transfer. Starting out from our new Boathouse HQ at Rushden Lakes, you’ll be embarking upon a real 5 day voyage of discovery, with a great mix of accommodation from The Woolpack Inn, to the lovely Haycock Hotel, and two fabulous B&B’s, you’ll have earned your great night’s sleep and a cracking breakfast each morning. Wonderful paddling, fabulous backwaters to discover, and surrounded by rural East Northamptonshire’s incredible history & natural habitat, this is certainly one to remember.

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

34 miles plus

Bed & Breakfast

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Bundle 4 - Thrapston to Wansford, Comfy Camping at Barnwell & Fotheringhay From £248.00 per person

​Excellent 3-day adventure, with two wonderful camp locations, ideal for families with older children who want a longer journey

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

24 miles

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

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Bundle 5 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe & Barnwell From £248.00 per person

​Shorter Paddle over 3 days, ideal if you have younger children along, or just fancy a more relaxed paddle, with more time to yourselves exploring or relaxing at the lovely camp locations at Wadenhoe & Barnwell. Just 4 miles paddling for the each of the first two days, and 8 miles on day three. Or, if you want to keep day three shorter too, that fine, just explore the Barnwell Country Park backwater at your leisure, instead of paddling to Fotheringhay.

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10

11 to 16 miles

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

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Bundle 6 - Rushden Lakes to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe & Barnwell From £248.00 per person

​26 miles of discovering the county of squires & spires. Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe and Barnwell. A long, fairly challenging first day, with 14 miles and 8 locks to pass, followed by a 4-mile day of rest (relatively speaking), and finish with a final 8 miles to Fotheringhay. At least 3 stunning backwaters to explore, and plenty of fab pubs en-route

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

26 miles (14, 4, 8)

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

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Bundle 7 - Rushden Lakes to Wansford, Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe, Barnwell & Fotheringhay From £368.00 per person

If you’re feeling fit, you might want to try this for size. Over 30 miles of river to explore and 3 nights camping by the river. This will definitely chill you out! Wonderful 4-day, 3-night experience. 34 miles paddling in all, with comfy camping at Wadenhoe, Barnwell and Fotheringhay. Baggage Transfer all the way, and 3 fab fry-ups

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

34 miles (14,4,8,8)

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

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Bundle 16 - Rushden Lakes to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping and B&B From £258.00 per person

Wonderful 3 day paddle from our base at Rushden Lakes, paddling downstream to Fotheringhay, and a great mix of overnight accommodation, being the first night at The Woolpack Inn, Islip, followed by a night under canvas at Barnwell in either our Yurt or Tipi, or one of our lovely bell tents. Baggage Transfer, Breakfasts, and pick up from end of trip all included. Great way to sample a little of everything.

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

26 miles (10, 8, 8)

Comfy Camping Yurt, Tipi, Bell Tent

Bed & Breakfast

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Bundle 11 - Thrapston to Wansford, B&B at Barnwell & Fotheringhay From £288.00 per person

A very popular 3-day paddle, utilising our most beautiful, rural stretches of river, and two wonderful B&B’s (one riverside B&B, and the other you’ll be collected for just a 5 min drive from the riverbank). Three well-balanced days of paddling, at around 8 miles per day, and a good selection of pubs en-route. Of course, as per all our Bundled Short Breaks, we include all breakfasts, baggage transfer, and pick up from end of trip, so we really can’t recommend this one highly enough.

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

24 miles (8, 8, 8)

Bed & Breakfast

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Bundle 12 - Rushden Lakes to Fotheringhay, B&B at Islip/Thrapston & Barnwell From £258.00 per person

Great 3-day paddle, starting at our base, The Boathouse at Rushden Lakes, paddling 26 miles in total, with overnight B&B stops at Islip (or Thrapston) on your first night, and Barnwell for your second night. You’ll have a choice of The Woolpack at Islip (just a few seconds walk from the river), or just across to the other side of the river into Thrapston, you could choose to stay at The Bridge Hotel. You’ll be well looked after at both, and after a hearty breakfast, you can set off for your second day paddling, continuing downstream to Barnwell where you’ll stay overnight at the excellent Lower Farm B&B. At the end of your third day, we’ll pick you up from Fotheringhay and take you back to your start point at Rushden Lakes.

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

26 miles (10, 8, 8)

Bed & Breakfast

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Bundle 13 - Rushden Lakes to Wansford, B&B at Islip/Thrapston, Barnwell & Fotheringhay From £368.00 per person

Fantastic 4-day Adventure, taking in 34 miles of river. You’ll start out from our base at The Boathouse at Rushden Lakes, heading downstream to Islip/Thrapston for your first overnight stop at either The Woolpack Inn or The Bridge Hotel, then on day two, continue to Barnwell (perhaps via the idyllic Kings Head riverside pub at Wadenhoe for lunch) to stop at the fabulous Lower Farm B&B. Day three sees you continue downstream to Fotheringhay where you’ll stay at the beautiful Castle Farm Guest House, right by the river. The 4th and final day, you can continue downstream to the final pick-up point at Wansford, ready for your transfer back to your start-point. Alternatively, if you prefer, you could on your last day simply choose to explore the river around Fotheringhay further, or simply take some pleasant walks around Fotheringhay, or spend a long lunch in the excellent Falcon Pub, serving superb food & drink. We can always pick up from Fotheringhay if you wish. Great accommodation, all our favourite backwaters, and plenty of pubs & tea rooms all help make this an incredible and unforgettable adventure on our beautiful River Nene.

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

34 miles (10,8,8,8)

Bed & Breakfast

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Bundle 14 - Thrapston to Wansford, B&B at Barnwell, Fotheringhay & Wansford From £388.00 per person

Beautiful well balanced 4-day paddle from Thrapston to Wansford. 8 miles per day for the first 3 days, and then day 4 is under your control, paddling out & back from Wansford, perhaps exploring a little further downstream and visiting the Nene Valley Railway. Wonderful, memorable four day short break offering plenty of pubs, tea rooms, and great accommodation, always including breakfasts and the all important baggage transfer service, as well as pick up from the end of your trip, taking you back to your start point. Lovely villages to discover all the way, and a beautiful stretch of river, full of wildlife and surrounded by history.

3+ Days

All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

24+ miles (8,8,8, optional)

Bed & Breakfast

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