Kayaking on the River Nene, Oundle Wharf

As the United Kingdrom slowly comes out of Covid-19, I ventured out on Saturday July 18 to the first of many Summer staycation events, to kayak on the River Nene in Oundle, Northamptonshire.

Nene Extreme Adventures is an outdoors activity business centre based at Oundle Wharf, Oundle. It is here we rented one single, and one double kayak for a three hour self tour, at a cost of £10 per person, per hour. Provided with life jackets, the staff set up your kayak, and assist you with launching from their pontoon.

Our party of five adults (two had their own stand up paddle boards) followed the river East, past some pretty viaducts, then headed down the river in a South East direction towards Ashton Lock.

Our three hour self-tour ended with a few drinks at the Tap and Kitchen, a waterside Restaurant and Bar at Oundle Wharf. This was our first visit to a public eating place since Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted. The Tap and Kitchen have plentiful and well spaced outdoor seating where you can enjoy the local Nene Valley beers, and watch other kayakers and paddle boarders start and end their river adventures.

The kayak trip was scenic as we passed under viaducts, swans and their cygnets, and one lone sheep peering at us from under a bridge. We kayaked as far as the Ashton Lock where you cannot kayak any further unless you carry the kayaks over the bridge. This can easily be done, but we decided this was the perfect spot for lunch. Just be wary of the canal boats coming through the lock.

Renting kayaks from Nene Extreme Adventures is a fantastic staycation UK idea, and Oundle Wharf completes a great day out for both adults and children.

Stunning Sunsets and historic castles – Camping at Kinloch Campsite

The sunsets are stunning here on Kinloch Campsite. As we stood looking out on Dunvegan Loch, with a local gin and tonic in one hand, the sky transformed from a golden yellow, to orange, then purple and pink.

Kinloch Campsite is a small, friendly, family run campsite located in the north west area of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. We stayed here for 3 nights in August of 2019.

The natural views of Dunvegan Loch and the surrounding hills of MacLeod’s Tables are two of my favourite features of this campsite. It’s also very spacious, with many places to choose from to pitch a tent, with unhindered views and space, away from your fellow campers.

The campsite also caters to campervans, with hard standing electric hook-up pitches, clean toilet block with free, hot showers, laundry and dish washing areas and free Wi-Fi.

Dunvegan’s Bakery, the oldest on Skye is a short walk from the campsite, and a great place to buy a variety of fresh baked bread, rolls, pasties, pies and cakes. We stopped here on several occasions, for breakfast or to grab some snacks on our road trips around the Isle of Skye.

Kinloch Campsite is the perfect base to explore the rest of the Isle. Our road trips took us up to Trumpan Church with it’s historical and violent past, the historic Dunvegan Castle, the natural beauty of the Fairy Pools, and the endless seafood options at Portree.

As the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions begin to lift, a trip back to Kinloch is planned, once safe to do so. With so much more of the Isle of Skye to see, including a meal at The Three Chimneys, I highly recommend Kinloch Campsite as a relaxing and beautiful place to stay.