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Canoe 2 Routes & Hire

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Trip 1 - Rushden Lakes Boathouse, Lake & River, Paddle out & Back


2 Hours


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10


Miles=You Choose

Route Description

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. Choose our traditional Open Canadian Canoes or go for a Double Kayak

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2 person KAYAK £30.00
2 person canoe £35.00
3 person canoe £45.00
4 person canoe (2 adults & 2 children aged 5-10) £50.00

Route Details

  • Level: Easy (under most conditions)

  • Paddling Time: 2 hours, great taster

  • Choose our traditional Open Canadian Canoes or go for a Double Kayak

  • ​Rushden Lakes is a great destination in itself


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More Information

Level: Easy (under most conditions)

Paddling Time: Taster Session (approx 2 hours)

Distance: You’re in control (get further in one of our double kayaks)

Availability: 7 days a week during our season from early April to end of September.

Check-In Time at Rushden Lakes: Pre-Book for either 9am, 10.30am, 12.00 Noon or 2pm

Richard & Ian very much hope that these pages give you a good idea of the various trips offered by Canoe2. But really, there’s no substitute for giving us a call and having a chat. We can talk over the various abilities in your group, the type of accommodation you prefer, and anything that might be important to you. That way, we can recommend the best trip for you. Or if you prefer just drop us an email.

Why Paddle out and back to The Boathouse at Rushden Lakes? This paddle is the exception to the rule, in that there is no transport offered. You paddle out from The Boathouse, across our lake, portage across to the river, and explore. Then you’ll turn around and come back.

As you leave the lake and set off on the river, you might choose to head downstream first, toward Higham Ferrers Lock. Alternatively, and perhaps if you’re a little more cautious, you might want to paddle upstream in the first instance, when you leave the lake, by heading toward Wellingborough Embankment, knowing that the return paddle will be easier on the way back downstream to the lake. The choice is yours, though we will advise the best direction on the day, depending upon conditions.

Locks:The locks along the river make great rest points, many being very picturesque. Access to and from the river either side of the locks is generally via portage platforms (low level platforms either side of the locks). Where portages are not available, access varies but is typically via boat moorings or low level floating pontoons. We also supply, included in the price of your package, great little canoe “trolleys”, so you can choose whether to carry, or simply wheel your canoe past the locks.

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