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Trip 6 - Thrapston to Oundle


1 Day


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over



Route Description

A wonderful stretch of river, and a bit of a favourite day trip for many of our customers. It might be the beautiful scenery, or the slightly later start, or maybe it’s the absolutely idyllic riverside pub, The King’s Head, perfectly placed at Wadenhoe for a fab lunch stop - great food, drink, and a wonderful garden with willow trees and pub benches


2 person canoe £95.00
3 person canoe £120.00
4 person canoe £125.00

Route Details

  • ​Lovely backwater to explore

  • ​Idyllic riverside pub for lunch

  • ​Great stretch of river


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More Information

Arrival Time: For this one-day trip, you′ll need to be at Thrapston Nine Arches Bridge no later than 9.45am.

A small, but important note: Richard & Ian 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, and anything that might be important to you. That way, we can recommend the best trip for you. Or if you prefer, just drop us an email.

Why Paddle Thrapston to Oundle? Possibly our favourite single day trip! This route offers an outstanding day on the river, and at less than 8.5 miles, 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 or 5 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 (as shown in the picture on our home page). This great trip ends at the lovely Upper Barnwell Lock, situated right next to “Oundle Mill” (restaurant & rooms) where you might like to stop for a drink or full afternoon tea before we pick you up to return to your vehicle.

Whether you want an easy start in the morning, or you plan to combine this trip with others, overnight accommodation is available at The Woolpack Inn, situated in Islip, directly opposite our morning embarkation point at Nine Arches Bridge, or The Bridge Hotel, just over the bridge in Thrapston. Or you can always choose to camp with us at Ditchford. If you are considering combining this day of paddling with others, we would recommend our two-day paddle, Ditchford Lock to Oundle Mill, and please be sure to check out our Short Breaks Brochure, which you can download for free from this website, offering trips combined with Comfy camping or hotel / B&B combinations.

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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