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Bundle 2 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping at Barnwell


2 Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over


16 miles (8, 8)

Route Description


Our most popular two-day Comfy Camping trip which includes a wonderful stretch of river, and a great overnight stop at Barnwell in our Green Bell Tent (Merlin), our Yurt (Green Woodpecker), Tipi (Sparrowhawk), or our lovely new “Red Kite Cabin” shepherds hut (for couples), including transport back at end of your trip, the all-important baggage transfer, as well as everything you need for a fabulous fry-up.

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Minimum of 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

  • ​Ever popular two-day trip

  • Fabulous fry-ups as standard

  • Great range of overnight “Comfy Camping” accommodation, in Bell Tent, Yurt or Tipi

  • Shepherds Hut, just for two - Click for Detail


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

On this beautiful trip down the river you’ll have opportunities to stop and take a break, enjoy your flask of coffee or have a picnic, at any of the eight locks you’ll come across over the two days. With a choice of overnight accommodation at Barnwell in either “Merlin”, our Green Bell Tent, “Sparrowhawk”, our Tipi, our Mongolian Yurt (Green Woodpecker), or “Red Kite Cabin” the brand new Shepherd’s Hut (for couples).

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Day 1

The first day is one of our favourites, starting at 9.30am, offering an outstanding day on the river, and at less than 8.5 miles, this one shouldn’t be too testing. You’ll be getting into the water at the Nine Arches Bridge in Thrapston/Islip to begin your paddle. The King’s Head at Wadenhoe is 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 (currently closed summer 2019).

Also on this trip you’ll be passing by Wadenhoe’s Norman Church, The Lyveden Way, Lilford Hall and a beautiful Arched Bridge at Lilford that can only really be appreciated from the river.

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 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

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 in Thrapston, you may have time to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at the excellent Falcon Inn.

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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