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Bundle 7 - Rushden Lakes to Wansford, Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe, Barnwell & B&B at Fotheringhay


4 Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over


34 miles (14,4,8,8)

Route Description

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, followed by a final overnight stay at “Castle Farm Guest House” at Fotheringhay. Baggage Transfer all the way, and fab fry-ups. And NEW OPTION FOR 2018, second night in our lovely Shepherd’s Hut, perfect for couples.


Based on 2 or more people. Price shown is PER PERSON £358.00
Family Discount (family of 4 or more, including at least two children aged 5 to 16) per person rate £303.00

Route Details

  • ​Fabulous 4 Day Adventure

  • Two nights of Comfy Camping and one in lovely B&B

  • Baggage Transfer all the way - Easy Life!


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Day 1

Setting off from our base at Rushden Lakes around 9am you head down river. 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.

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. A couple of miles further on, you will arrive at your overnight camp near the village of Barnwell on a smallholding.
Here you will enjoy some 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 or well-appointed Yurt. 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 arrive at your 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.

Your third overnight stay is at the beautiful riverside B&B “Castle Farm Guest House” at Fotheringhay

Day 4

Following your breakfast, you will continue on your journey down river passing the lovely village of Elton before reaching The Queens Head at Nassington, ideal for a well earned drink. Or you might decide to be adventurous and paddle the beautiful backwater that bypasses Nassington and Yarwell Mill. This is a real treat for paddlers! The next leg of the journey will take you past Yarwell Mill and on to the quaint village of Wansford where we will collect you at 3.15pm and return you to your start point at Rushden Lakes.

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