Houghton Mill - Trout Stream Loop

Canoeing trail

Enjoy a delightful paddle from Houghton Mill down the Houghton Trout Stream to Hemingford Lock and then return on the River Great Ouse. Don't forget you'll need a licence - you can contact the Canal & River Trust or British Canoeing for more information.

Family in canoes sailing down river


Houghton Mill - Trout Stream Canoeing Trail


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Launch your canoe from the bank into the Mill Pond at Houghton Mill. The Mill Pond is near the Car Park behind the café. If you do not have a boat of your own you can hire one from a local boat hire company. For more details contact: Neil Chapman, Houghton Boats, tel: 07759 316260. Set off downstream.

Launch your boat here


Shortly after leaving Houghton Mill pond, paddling downstream on the River Great Ouse, you will see a weir on your left. Continue past this weir and in a short distance you will come to two more weirs close together on your left. Portage your canoe/boat down to the Houghton Trout Stream and continue downstream towards Hemingford lock.


The Houghton Trout Stream joins the River Great Ouse slightly downstream of Hemingford Lock. As you enter the River Great Ouse turn upstream and proceed to Hemingford Lock. Portage your canoe/boat past the Lock and continue upstream to Houghton Mill. On this leg of your journey you will pass St James' Church on your left, a weir on your right, Battcock's island in the middle of the river (keep to the right of this island) before passing the weirs you saw earlier on the downstream leg of your journey.

Houghton Mill Lock


Return to Houghton Mill. Relax and enjoy a well deserved lunch or afternoon tea at our riverside café. You can also visit our historic mill where you can see paintings of the Mill, St Ives and the surrounding area dating from the late 19th and early 20th century.

 An old painting of Houghton Mill c1906


Houghton Mill, grid ref: TL281720

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Houghton Mill - Trout Stream Loop

Contact us

Houghton Mill, Mill St, Houghton, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 2AZ

Tel. 01480 301494

Email: houghtonmill@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/houghton-mill/


Houghton Mill - Trout Stream Loop

How to get here

Houghton Mill, Houghton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2AZ
By train

Nearest station is in Huntingdon. Contact Cambridgeshire County Council's Public Transport Section for details: (01223) 717740

By road

National Trust pay and display car park (free for members) at Houghton Mill. Follow brown signs from A1123

By foot

Houghton Mill is on the Ouse Valley Way

By bus

Bus station in St Ives and the Huntingdon - St. Ives bus service regularly stops at Houghton.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 51 between Huntingdon and St Ives

Houghton Mill - Trout Stream Loop

Facilities and access

  • Food and drink : Riverside National Trust tea room serving a variety of cakes, light lunches and beverages.
  • Shopping: Small shop selling Houghton wholemeal flour, souvenirs and second-hand books.
  • Parking: 20 yards pay and display 2016 £2. NT members free.
  • WC's: At tea shop.
  • Dogs on leads in grounds only
  • Baby-changing facilities