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Trip 11 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay


2 Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over


16 miles

Route Description

​Popular two-day paddle, nicely balanced at around 8 miles per day, and camping overnight with your own tent at Barnwell Camp location. Please note - Barnwell camp is a lovely rural location but taking your own tent is basic, you will only have access to a portaloo and a drinking water tap.


2 person canoe £175.00
3 person canoe £220.00
"Own Tent" Camping at Barnwell (Per Person) £20.00

Route Details

  • ​Well balanced two days paddling

  • Fab stretch of river

  • Great pubs

  • Camp at lovely little small-holding


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Pre-Booking Essential.

Arrival Time: For this trip, you′ll need to be at Thrapston Nine Arches Bridge no later than 9.30am on day one.

A small, but important note: Ian & Richard very much hope that these pages give you a good idea of the various trips offered by Canoe2. But really, there′s no substitute for giving us a call and having a chat. We can talk over the various abilities in your group, the type of accommodation you prefer, just drop us an email.

Overnight Accommodation:You may choose to bring your own tent along and camp at Barnwell, just outside Oundle. Or, if you would prefer to consider any of our packaged up Comfy camping or Hotel/B&B options, please be sure to take a look at the Trip Chooser for the Bundle Options or B&B Options, Bundle 2 and Bundle 10.

Why Paddle Thrapston to Fotheringhay? 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

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. There are some wonderful stopping points along this stretch of the river, with 4 locks, not to mention two fabulous food & drink options. The first is the King′s Head at Wadenhoe, well situated for an early 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 The Middle Nene Sailing Club, Titchmarsh Nature Reserve, 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. At the end of this days paddle you will finish at Barnwell Camp, where you will set up your tent for the night. There is a toilet on site but you will need to bring everything else with you in your canoe as there is no option to leave a car on site, there is no parking available on site or nearby. Packing your overnight gear small and light into your canoe is the key.

Your second day will take you on down the river past Oundle Marina, around the outskirts of the town of Oundle, and past the little villages of Cotterstock & 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 vehicle, you may have time to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at the excellent Falcon Inn.

Locks:The locks along the river make great rest points. Access to and from the river either side of the locks is generally by newly installed portages (low level platforms either side of the locks). Where portages are not available, access varies but is typically via boat moorings or low level floating pontoons. We also supply, included in the price of your package, great little canoe “trolleys”, so you can choose whether to carry, or simply wheel your canoe past the locks.

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