As I set off towards Stanwick Lakes from my starting point by Station Road I was greeted by ducks, swans, and buzzards circling overhead. The sun was shining as I flowed peacefully and gently past a gaggle of geese and a heron fishing for lunch. The river has a way of washing away the stress and worries of everyday life.
I approached the weir and took a short walk around it with the kayak, taking in the views of the Stanwick Lakes scenery. I was impressed by the easy access points to and from the river using ‘Canoe Portage Point’ platforms – installed recently by Canoe2. On the other side of the weir the river became really fun and interesting. It becomes very wiggly with a mix of very shallow to slightly deeper areas, making the flow vary from slow and tranquil, to a little faster and fun.
This instantly became one of my favourite stretches of river, and I’ve paddled quite alot of rivers over the past 15 months. I stopped for lunch in a very peaceful location at the point where the backwater rejoins the main river. It’s a great feeling to visit a spot where the paths to walkers and cyclists are nowhere in sight. This is the thing I love about canoeing, discovering places that are only reachable by boat. After my lunch I set off back up the main river, spotting another heron and a cormorant amongst other wildlife.
I’d spent a couple of very enjoyable hours at Stanwick Lakes and after a while I had reached my finishing spot near the Kettering Town FC grounds. I’m looking forward to my next visit when nature really wakes up as the spring and summer approaches!
Don’t own a boat? Stanwick Lakes and Rock UK Frontier Centre are working together in partnership to offer boat hire, manned by highly qualified instructors, for all the family during the summer months. In addition, Canoe 2 offer canoe and kayak hire along this section of the Nene with various camp sites and access points along the way. Discover your own adventure on the lakes and rivers around Stanwick Lakes!
*To see more of Donny’s canoe and kayak adventures, visit his YouTube channel: CanoeTrips