Push the boat out with a wildlife paddle

Canoeing on the River Nene by Chana JamesCanoeing on the River Nene by Chana James

Our collaboration with Northamptonshire company Canoe2 is a unique way to experience and appreciate nature - spot wildlife while gliding the River Nene

Trips start from Rushden Lakes and include a relaxing self-guided paddle as well as a guided walk around Ditchford NR  (part of Nene Wetlandswith a Wildlife Trust expert.

Canoe2 will donate 50% of ticket sales from these events to the Wildlife Trust BCN


Dawn Chorus Early Morning River Paddles: 6.15-10am on Saturdays 14, 21 & 28 April 2018

Before leaving on the canoe trip a Dawn Chorus walk around the Wildlife Trust’s idyllic waterside nature reserve; wildlife experts will help you to identify birds along the way through their early morning calls. Then the magical early morning paddle on the river begins, ending back at the Rushden Lakes centre around 10am.


Evening Paddle and Bat Spotting Walks: 5.30-9.45pm on Fridays 24 & 31 August, and 7 September 2018

Canoes leave from Canoe2’s new base at Rushden Lakes, on our Nene Wetlands nature reserve. After a peaceful early evening paddle on the river Nene you will be met back at base by a Wildlife Trust expert for a guided walk as dusk settles, just as the bats are starting to come out. Everyone will have the opportunity to use a bat detector to pick up the ultrasonic frequencies used by bats as they hunt. 


Full safety briefing and paddle demonstration before setting off in canoes: trips are not escorted on the river.

Prices start at £55 for a 2-person canoe. Availability is very limited, so please do be sure to book soon for 2018 trips. To book, or order your Gift Vouchers, please call Canoe2 on 01604 832115 or email info@canoe2.co.uk

Richard Nelson from Canoe2 says: “There can be no better way to enjoy and appreciate the rich and diverse habitat than gently paddling down the River Nene in an open Canadian canoe.”

Read testimonials from last year's paddle here

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