Cruise 1: Banbury to Oxford - 5 nights starting on Wednesday 18th April 2018
27 miles, 16 narrow locks, 14 lift bridges
South Oxford Canal, Somerton Deep Lock, Cherwell River and Valley, Thrupp, Spires of Oxford
Cruising from the historic market town of Banbury, we head through open farmland and quiet Cotswold countryside. One of the first to be built, this canal twists and turns, giving many opportunities for walking or helping us through the intermittent locks. We travel through a number of pretty Oxfordshire villages, never straying far from the river Cherwell or the railway line. After passing the Rock of Gibraltar, we travel along the rivers for several miles, before joining the canal again to pass through the traditional boatman’s stop of Thrupp. We skirt Kidlington, Britain’s largest village, before reaching the woodlands and water meadows of the outskirts of Oxford. Passing through some of the wealthiest suburbs in the country, we see the spires of Oxford in the distance before reaching our destination at Hythe Bridge, the current terminus of the canal
A good introduction to the canals, with the delights of Oxford at the end.