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Bundle 6 - Rushden Lakes to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe & Barnwell


3 Days


All-Adult Group


26 miles (14, 4, 8)

Route Description


​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. And new option of second night in our lovely Shepherd’s Hut, perfect for couples.


Minimum 2 people. Price shown is PER PERSON £248.00
Family Discount (family of 4 or more, including at least two children aged 5 to 16) per person rate £213.00

Route Details

  • ​A bit of everything. Long days & Easy days

  • ​Fab Comfy Camping in Bell Tents, Yurt, Tipi or Shepherd’s Hut

  • ​All three of our favourite backwaters


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Day 1

Check in time is 9am. You will set off from our base site at Rushden Lakes at around 9.30am, you head down river for this challenging first day with 8 locks in total to portage round. You can 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 Ringstead provides a great place for a break on the on the river. From here you will continue your journey on the winding river passing Woodford and Denford before arriving at Thrapston where you can pull in for some refreshment at the Woolpack Inn located just across the road. On your final section you paddle another 4 miles before arriving at your camp location near the village of Wadenhoe. This camp 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.

Your first overnight camp at Wadenhoe

Included in this camp package:

  • Overnight accommodation in Bell Tents with Airbeds provided
  • 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 egg, mushrooms and tomatoes
  • Camp Fire
  • Baggage Transfer

Day 2

No need to rush in the morning, but when you are ready to set off you will continue your journey down river passing the splendid Lilford Hall, once the home of Sir Thomas Powys, who held the post of Attorney General to King James II. Your overnight camp is on a smallholding near the village of Barnwell, and whether you choose our fun tipi, excellent bell tents, or wonderfully well-appointed yurt, you’ll enjoy splendid views from your camp and time to explore the attractive town of Oundle on foot.

Your second overnight camp is on a smallholding near the village of Barnwell - everything included as at Wadenhoe but with the added bonus of being able to choose from our fun Tipi, excellent Bell Tents, well-appointed Yurt or even our Shepherd’s Hut - ideal for couples. You will also have great views from the camp..

Day 3

Once you reach Oundle Mill, you can take the small pretty backwater that passes around Barnwell Country Park and around the side of the small East Northamptonshire town of Oundle. Later you will head past the village of Cotterstock and then arriving at your final destination, Fotheringhay. You finish your trip near the castle mound. The Norman castle of Fotheringhay that once stood there is remembered for the imprisonment and execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587 and also for the birth place of King Richard III in 1452. Fotheringhay can also boast about its very fine country inn, The Falcon, rated the 10th best place to eat in the countryside in the UK by the Times in 2010. Enjoy their wonderful food, along with fine wines and real ales, in charming surroundings. Log fires, fresh flowers, a beautiful garden and conservatory overlooking the splendid church. A wonderful way to round off your trip before we collect you at 3.45pm and transfer you back to your start point.

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