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Bundle 4 - Thrapston to Wansford, Comfy Camping at Barnwell & Fotheringhay


3+ Days


All-Adult Group

Adults with Children all aged 10 or over


24 miles

Route Description

​Excellent 3-day adventure, with two wonderful camp locations, ideal for families with older children who want a longer journey


Based on 3 or more people. Price shown is PER PERSON £248.00
Based on 2-person booking. Price shown is PER PERSON £298.00
Family Discount, PER PERSON (family of 4 or more, including at least two children aged 5 to 16) £-35.00

Route Details

  • ​Beautifully Balanced 3-day paddle, 8 miles per day

  • ​Camp at Barnwell & Fotheringhay

  • Fabulous Fry-ups, and Baggage Transfer included


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More Information

Lots of time, and enjoy a bit of detail? This is the place for you…

This is an excellent 3 day river adventure with two excellent camp locations which is also ideal for families with children who want a longer journey.

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. We will set you off at the Nine Arches Bridge in Thrapston/Islip to begin your paddle. There are some wonderful stopping points along this stretch of the river. 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. In the afternoon you’ll be 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 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. Free range eggs, 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

Your second day will take you on down the river passing Oundle Marina or you can paddle the backwater around Barnwell Country Park taking you around the outskirts of the town of Oundle where you can pull in for a break at the Tap and Kitchen in the Wharf, then later you’ll pass the picturesque villages of Cotterstock & Tansor before heading towards Fotheringhay. This former site of the Norman Castle of Fotheringhay 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. Just a few paddle strokes beyond the castle mound you will discover your peaceful camp setting.

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 UK countryside. Enjoy their wonderful food, along with fine wines and real ales, in charming surroundings which include fresh flowers, log fires and a beautiful garden with conservatory overlooking the splendid church. A truly lovely experience and a wonderful way to round off your day.

Day 3

Following your hearty breakfast, you will continue on your journey down river passing the lovely village of Elton before reaching The Queens Head at Nassington, ideal for a well earned drink. Or you might decide to be adventurous and paddle the beautiful backwater that bypasses Nassington and Yarwell Mill. This is a real treat for paddlers! The next leg of the journey will take you past Yarwell Mill and on to the quaint village of Wansford where you can enjoy a well earned drink at the Haycock before we collect you and return you to your start point.

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