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Bundle 16 - Rushden Lakes to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping and B&B


3 Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over


26 miles (10, 8, 8)

Route Description

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. Or the new option for your second night, our lovely Shepherd’s Hut, perfect for couples. Baggage Transfer, Breakfasts, and pick up from end of trip all included. Great way to sample a little of everything.


Minimum 2 people. Price shown is PER PERSON £258.00
Family Discount (family of 4 or more, including at least two children aged 5 to 16) per person rate £233.00

Route Details

  • Sample a little of everything

  • Great paddle, a night of B&B, a night of Comfy Camping (or Shepherd’s Hut)

  • Lovely stretch of river


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Day 1

Check in time is 9am. You will set off from our base at Rushden Lakes at 9.30am and head down river. Take in the moving water in the backwater around Stanwick Lakes Nature Reserve if you wish before rejoining the main river. The Water Mill Tea Room at Willy Watts Marina, Ringstead provides a great place for lunch on the river.

In the afternoon continue your journey on the winding river passing Woodford and Denford Locks before reaching your overnight point at The Woolpack Inn.

The Woolpack Inn located in the quiet village of Islip just steps away from the river and extensively refurbished in 2014, The Woolpack makes for the most convenient overnight stop with its excellent Bar and Grill. All 9 fully refurbished chalets have en-suite bathrooms.

Day 2

Continuing your journey from the Nine Arches Bridge in Islip, there are some wonderful stopping points along this stretch of the river, not to mention the King’s Head at Wadenhoe, well situated for lunch and reckoned by The Sunday Times to be the best riverside pub in Britain, where you can step out of your canoe straight into their garden.

Also on this trip you’ll be passing by The Middle Nene Sailing Club, Titchmarsh Nature Reserve, Wadenhoe’s Norman Church, The Lyvden Way, Lilford Hall, and a beautiful arched bridge at Lilford that can only really be appreciated from the river. You will then reach your overnight camp location at Barnwell.

Included in this camp package:

  • Overnight accommodation in Bell Tents (on Airbeds), Yurt or Tipi (on Futons), or our new Shepherds Hut for two (on sprung mattress)
  • Soft furnishings, tables and chairs
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Everything you need to cook up a hearty cooked breakfast. The breakfast box contains thick rashers of dry cured back bacon and traditional recipe pork sausages from our local butcher, Seven Wells at Oundle, plus eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes
  • Camp Fire
  • Baggage Transfer

Day 3

Your second day will take you on down the river past Oundle Marina or you can paddle the backwater around Barnwell Country Park taking you around the outskirts of the town of Oundle, and past the little villages of Cotterstock and Tansor. Your trip ends at Fotheringhay, a really lovely and historically important village, being the birthplace of Richard III, as well as the location of the execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587, after being held captive in Fotheringhay Castle (no longer standing).

Before we pick you up at 3.45pm from Fotheringhay and transport you back to your car at Rushden Lakes you may have time to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at the excellent Falcon Inn, in Fotheringhay.

And we’ve now added our shepherds hut “Red Kite Cabin”, a cosy retreat aimed at couples.

Enjoying lovely views across the River Nene, The Shepherd’s Hut has a double bed with a fully sprung mattress, duvet, pillows and fresh bed linen. The Hut also benefits from double glazing, solar lighting, a USB socket, and of course there is the wood burning stove to keep you warm and toasty on those colder nights. Outside, there is a picnic bench and firepit where you can enjoy a campfire under the stars.

Lots More Pictures of our Camp Locations and Accommodation Options in The Photo Gallery

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