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Canoe 2 Routes & Hire

Bundle 5 - Thrapston to Fotheringhay, Comfy Camping at Wadenhoe & Barnwell


3+ Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over

Adults with Children aged 5 to 10


11 to 16 miles

Route Description

​Shorter Paddle over 3 days, ideal if you have younger children along, or just fancy a more relaxed paddle, with more time to yourselves exploring or relaxing at the lovely camp locations at Wadenhoe & Barnwell. Just 4 miles paddling for the each of the first two days, and 8 miles on day three. Or, if you want to keep day three shorter too, that fine, just explore the Barnwell Country Park backwater at your leisure, instead of paddling to Fotheringhay.


Minimum 2 people. Price shown is PER PERSON £248.00
Family Discount, PER PERSON (family of 4 or more, including at least two children aged 5 to 16) £-35.00

Route Details

  • ​Easy going, and flexible 3 days

  • ​Take time to walk & explore Wadenhoe, Barnwell & Oundle

  • ​Perfect for families with younger children looking for a 3-day adventure


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

An excellent relaxing 2 night trip offering a range of different accommodation in the Yurt, Tipi and Bell Tents. Shorter paddles make it great for younger families.

Day 1

You will start your river adventure at the Nine Arches bridge in Thrapston. With just 4 ½ miles to paddle to your camp you have plenty of time for messing around on the water. You will pass by 2 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.

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, bread and butter and a large mug of tea or coffee makes a sumptuous breakfast and a great start to a day on the river.

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. Your overnight camp is on a smallholding near the village of Barnwell, and whether you choose our fun tipi, excellent bell tents, or wonderfully well-appointed yurt, you’ll enjoy splendid views from your camp and time to explore the attractive town of Oundle on foot.

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 arriving at your final 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, previously rated by The Times as the 10th best place to eat in the countryside in the UK. 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. A wonderful way to round off your trip before we collect you and transfer you back to your start point.

Alternatively if you don’t wish to paddle as far as Fotheringhay, you can paddle around the country park before returning to Oundle Mill.

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