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Duration: 3 days

Price point: Mid range (see below)

Discover one of England's hidden gems on a unique 'champing' experience in natural Northamptonshire

  • Spend time in Wadenhoe, voted prettiest village in Northamptonshire

  • Canoe down the River Nene (and enjoy a swim for those who wish) 

  • A lantern-lit night in a beautiful unused church

  • An evening with a Medieval Story Teller

  • Scenic walk to the National Trust site of Lyveden New Bield

  • Enjoy a hearty pub lunch at a classic riverside pub

  • Visit the historic market town of Oundle for afternoon tea


This trip is ideal for families, groups of friends or couples looking for activity and adventure - with the added opportunity to see some wildlife and birdlife. The perfect urban escape!


You'll experience Champing, the unique concept of camping overnight in a historic church, brought to the world by The Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity which protects historic churches at risk. Children and adults love this unique experience - thinking of it just like camping, but you'll have the added comfort of a roof over your head and plenty of space too. Not to mention the wonderful atmosphere and acoustics if you fancy a sing-song! 

There's plenty more to enjoy on this gentle but fun-filled adventure. Canoe along the tranquil River nene; enjoy the stories of a medieval story teller; walk to National Trust's Lyveden New Bield, a stunning Elizabethan summer house.


At a glance

  • Location: Oundle, Northamptonshire, between Peterborough & Kettering.

  • Access: from 3pm until 10am for exclusive Champing use.

  • Group sizes: Ideal for families (min four) or groups of friends up to 12 people.

  • Trip type: Self Guided (guided group tours also possible).

  • Season: May to September.

  • Grading/difficulty: Easy walks (mostly flat terrain) and fun kayaking.

  • Facilities: Aldwincle church is off-grid, so no electricity or running. water (think camping with a roof!).

  • Getting there: Car, plane or train.

  • Pick-ups: Make your own way by car. Train and taxi if preferred.

  • Age recommendation: Great for all ages - groups of adults or families.

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"I look forward to showing you some of my favourite places in my back yard!"

Christina Hunter-Locke, Natural Britain


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Sustainability and values

We are proactive and ensure that the suppliers we work with minimise or avoid any negative impact on the environment. Every booking contributes to the conservation of historic churches and all services offered support the local economy. 

If you care about Climate Change, you'll care about carbon emissions from travel

All of the tours offered through Natural Britain have been assessed for the amount of carbon emitted and this is shown against each featured itinerary below. To help make sense of this figure, you can head over to our Carbon Emissions page for useful comparisons with overseas travel etc.

"Protect our historic churches by Champing!"

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What is Champing?

Hundreds of happy Champers have loved having exclusive use of an ancient space for the night. 

Champing is basically just like camping, but in a church!

This imaginative and practical concept was developed by the Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity which protects historic churches at risk.

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Price guide

Price guide

The trip is mainly self-catering, but we include afternoon tea in the historic market town of Oundle and, after our walk to Wadenhoe, include a hearty pub lunch at one of the prettiest riverside pubs in the country in the charming village of Wadenhoe.

Canoes are included but if you want to bring an SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) then you are welcome to. 

It is suitable for groups of adults wanting to get together or for families with young children. 


There’s an eco-loo (waterless composting toilet) inside in the vestry, and the following items are provided: bottled water, gas camping stove and gas cylinders, tea and coffee making provisions (please bring your own milk), hot-water bottles and plenty of hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes! 


No candles are allowed unfortunately, but we hang up battery fairy lights and put out lanterns to create a wonderful atmosphere. 

This tour runs on a self-guided basis with departures on Fridays from May to September. Deposit refundable if government action prevents you from travelling.

Price: £349 per adult and £199 per child under 12

Includes accommodation, all activities as described, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 afternoon tea.

Midweek prices £20pp lower

The above prices are £20 per person lower if booking midweek (this reduction will be reduced on your final balance invoice)

Guided group option available (price depends on group size). 

Flexibility on dates

If you don't see the date you want, please just ask us and we will do our best to accommodate. Similarly, you can extend your stay for longer if you would like some time to further explore this beautiful area independently. Please just ask and mention your preference when booking. 

Champing in Natural Northants

The carbon impact of this trip is

0.1 kg CO2e per person

The above calculation shows the approximate amount of carbon that will be emitted by taking this trip (this does not include meals or getting to the destination). Details of how this figure is calculated can be found on our
Carbon Emissions page. 

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Why Natural Britain

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Only things that excite us make it to this list. We want to showcase a Britain that few others get to see.  Our experiences take you away from the tourist hordes and present a magical side of our islands off the beaten track. 

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Our experiences are run by passionate, professional and safety-conscious operators. Whether you want an activity that is physically challenging or are looking for a more relaxing experience, we have options to suit all abilities. 

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We care about the impact of mass tourism on our planet and only feature suppliers that have an ethos aligned with our own.  We check that all the providers listed on our website care for the environment and the communities in which they operate.

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We have many years of experience of  developing rewarding travel experiences all over the world. We have sifted through the bland, mass market offerings and discovered unique, special finds that we know will appeal to discerning travellers.

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