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.

Nene Extreme Adventure

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

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

Nene Outdoors

Located on Gunwade Lake in Ferry Meadows, enjoy an extensive range of watersports and activities to suit the needs and abilities of members and visitors. Why not come along and try a variety of activities under the watchful eye of our professional instructors.

Ham Lane, Ferry Meadows, Peterborough PE2 5UU.
T: 01733 230291 W: Nene Outdoors

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.

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.


The home of canoe hire, comfy camping and short breaks on Northamptonshire's River Nene since 2010. Renowned for our levels of service on river trips and short breaks and now offering hire of swan pedalos and katakanoes on the lake at our new base at Rushden Lakes, where you'll also find a great selection of cafes and restaurants to enhance your day out.

The Boathouse, Boardwalk, Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6FA
T: 01933 522223 E: W: Canoe2