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Canoe 2 Routes & Hire

Bundle 2 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping at Barnwell


2 Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over


16 miles

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 one of our Bell Tents, our Yurt, or Tipi, including transport back at end of your trip, the all-important baggage transfer, as well as everything you need for a fabulous fry-up


Minimum of 2 people. Price shown is PER PERSON £148.00
Family Discount, per person (family of 4 or more, including at least two children aged 5 to 16) £-25.00

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


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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 in either our Bell Tents, Tipi or Mongolian Yurt.

Day 1

The first day is one of our favourites. 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.

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.

Your overnight camp stop is located a couple of miles downriver at Barnwell on a rural small holding. Included in this camp package is your camp kitchen, soft furnishings, tables and chairs and everything you need for 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.
Delicious cooked over your camp fire. Eggs from our own hens, fresh tomato and a handful of mushrooms added to the pan and a large mug of tea or coffee makes a sumptuous breakfast and a great start to a day on the river.

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.

Before we pick you up 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.

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