The Nene is an important river connecting the East of England to the rest of the waterways network and is a great location for a relaxing boating trip. Set sail on a narrow boat and wend your way through our beautiful villages and countryside at a leisurely pace. Along the way you’re sure to meet some of the local residents including cheeky otters and majestic herons. Or, if you fancy something more active, how about a spot of canoeing and kayaking.

Billing Marina

The large picturesque marina is one of Billing Aquadrome's finest features. Situated on the River Nene, it has 180 berths – all of which are secured on floating pontoons, ensuring the safety of your narrowboat.

Billing Aquadrome, Crow Lane, Great Billing, Northampton, NN39DA
T: 01604 408181 W: Billing Marina


If you really want to chill out, then go canoeing from the base at Ditchford Lock on the banks of the River Nene near Wellingborough in rural Northamptonshire. We have luxury camping all zipped up for you.

Canoeing at Stanwick Lakes

Rock UK Frontier Centre offers boat hire manned by highly qualified instructors for all the family, in partnership with Stanwick Lakes. Kayaks and canoes are available weekends, bank holidays and all week throughout the summer holidays and can be hired for 40 minute sessions.

Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Northamptonshire NN9 6GY
T: 01933 625522 W: Stanwick Lakes

Nene Extreme Adventure

Offering canoe hire, led canoe treks, climbing wall hire, rafting sessions and an
amazing adventure holiday club.

Nene Valley Boats

Narrowboat hire on the River Nene for weekends, short breaks or longer.  2-6 berth boats available from our base near Oundle. For further information please visit the website.

Willy Watt Marina

A good way to explore the River Nene is on board ‘Rose of the Nene’, a fully equipped narrowboat. It can be hired for the day and is licenced for 8 people including children.