Northamptonshire History, Location, Places, People, Facts and Figures

Getting to Northamptonshire by River or Canal

Map of Canals and Rivers in Northamptonshire

Peaceful scenery and a rural landscape surround the idyllic waterways of Northamptonshire.

Industrial towns in the south give way to stone-built villages and farmersí fields as the Grand Union Canal makes steady progress past Milton Keynes, into the county and heads north into the West Midlands. The canal passes through Stoke Bruerne and on through the Blisworth tunnel and meets up with the River Nene at Northampton via The Northampton Arm of the canal system. Here the River Nene comes into its own as a quintessentially rural waterway.

The Nene meanders through farmland and the industry of Northampton, Wellingborough and Irthlingborough. From here it flows through a rural landscape of gently rolling hills interspersed with numerous traditional stone villages. It flows on to Peterborough and Wisbech until it reaches the Wash.


The Environment Agency currently provides many free visitor moorings along the River Nene.

There are free visitor mornings along the Nene available for you to moor for a total of 48 hours. Visitor moorings can be found at Titchmarsh, Islip, Nene Park Trust, Nine Arch Bridge, Thorpe Meadows Moorings, Peterborough Embankment, Wansford Station Visitor Moorings, Rushden & Diamonds, Wellingborough Embankment, Northampton Washlands, and Midsummer Meadows. Further details and maps can be found on Anglian Waterways' River Nene Website

There are also several privately owned visitor moorings available on the Nene navigation. There may be a charge to use these moorings and you will need to call ahead to book a mooring space.