River Welland

River Welland

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Further Information

British Canoeing membership includes a licence to paddle from Fossdyke Bridge to Folly River

The River Welland is a pretty, lowland river flowing through Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and eventually Lincolnshire.

This 65-mile river also flows through the towns of Stamford, Spalding and Market Harborough. It’s a very picturesque place for a paddle, with much of the river hugged by lush green banks and hedgerows.

There are also impressive weeping willow tunnels along the route. At various points along the River Welland you’ll experience an abundance of flora and fauna, as well as historic stone bridges and sprawling countryside spreading for miles.

The river eventually flows into the Wash in Lincolnshire before heading into the North Sea. It becomes tidal below Spalding. Therefore if you are planning to paddle from here towards the Wash, make sure you are familiar with the tide timetable.

It would be worth checking the weather and wind forecast too. If you do paddle this stretch, prepare for potential friends to join you.

Wildlife on the River Welland

Common seal are often spotted in the Wash and are not afraid to pop up and say hello!

In terms of wildlife on the rest of the river, the Welland is home to various wading and migratory birds. These include little grebe and water rail as well as little egret.

Trout, perch and other fish are also thriving in the area, with many parts of the river fished for various catches.