Meandering through the countryside, the Oxford Canal is a great way of seeing the Oxfordshire countryside. You’ll paddle through pretty little chocolate box villages including Thrupp, Cropredy and Aynhu over the 75 mile stretch of canal with 46 locks.
The canal begins in the very centre of Oxford, treating you to a unique view of this university town as you paddle out towards the outskirts. Follow it for the full 75 miles and you’ll reach the Grand Union Canal where you can paddle on to pretty much anywhere you please.
There is rich wildlife too along this stretch, with a healthy population of the endangered water vole thriving along the canal. The canal also runs through the town of Banbury, a great place to stop off for a picnic or bite to eat!