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Bundle 3 - Rushden Lakes to Oundle - Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe


2 Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over


18.5 miles (15, 3.5)

Route Description


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.

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Minimum 2 people. Price shown is PER PERSON £148.00
Family Discount (family of 4 or more, including at least two children aged 5 to 16) per person rate £123.00

Route Details

  • ​Challenging first day, easy second

  • ​Great choice for stag or hen parties

  • Idyllic, remote bell tent camp location

  • ​Perfect riverside pub just 20 mins walk from camp


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Lots of time, and love detail? This is the place for you…

This is an ideal paddle for anyone wanting to do a good full day of paddling on their first day followed by an easy second day

Pre-Booking Essential

Day 1

Check in time is 9am. You will set off from our base at Rushden Lakes around 9.30am, you head down river, you can if you wish take in the moving water in the backwater around Stanwick Lakes Nature Reserve before rejoining the main river. The Water Mill Tea Room at Willy Watts Marina provides a great place for a break 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 today you will pass by 2 more locks on your journey 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 (currently closed summer 2019).

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 bacon and traditional recipe pork sausages from our local butcher, Seven Wells at Oundle, plus eggs, mushrooms and baked beans
  • Camp Fire
  • Baggage Transfer

Day 2

After breakfast 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. Once you reach Oundle Mill you can take the small pretty backwater that passes around Barnwell Country Park and return along the main river to Oundle Mill. From here we will collect you at 4.30pm and transfer you back to your start point.

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