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Braunston to Oxford

Please note that these route pages are a work in progress. The figures below indicate route length; however, not all locks and bridges are included currently, so the time required may be underestimated.

Departure Point:  
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 109.176 miles, 76 locks, 36 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 9 days, 0 hours and 56 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

This is the ultimate cruise along the beautiful South Oxford Canal down to the City of Oxford. There are plenty of locks that keep you entertained and the stunning vistas over the rolling landscape of Oxfordshire. Open pasture, the meandering course of the Canal - the perfect ingredients for a peaceful narrowboat holiday. There are plenty of pubs along the way - just in case your energy levels need to be topped up. At Napton, just ¼ mile from bridge 113, is a very interesting cidery, Napton cidery. Juices, apple brandy, cider and cider vinegar can all be tried and purchased here. The canal is rather twisty from now on, which makes this stretch of canal never dull. At Fenny Compton, the “Wharf Inn'' can be found, which is the perfect place for a lunch break. If you look closely, you can see red-brick stabling, once used for boat horses, can be spotted near the second lock at Claydon. The cruise down to Oxford continues to be among either open farmland or thickly wooded areas. It seldom gets urban, but pubs are found to be at nearly every corner. That’s probably why many people never make it to Oxford, but turn at Lower Heyford instead. Between here and Oxford the canal is once again rural and pleasant, sometimes you could forget that this waterway was originally built for commercial purposes. Soon, you’ll reach the City of Oxford. There are nice visitor moorings not far away from the city centre where you moor up for the night. This is also your turning point for this journey. Retrace your steps back to the hire base in Braunston and don’t forget to sample a few of the pubs you might have missed on your way to Oxford.

Places of interest on the Braunston to Oxford route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Banbury Museum
Roundham Lock
Banbury Lock No. 29
Frenchay Road Bridge
Somerton Deep Lock 34
Braunston Visitor Moorings. North Oxford Canal
Kidlington Green Lock
Oxford Canal Walk
Braunston Turn
Greenhill Farm Caravan and Camping Leisure Park
Greenhills Leisure Park
Braunston Marina
Spiceball Country Park
Napton Lock 15
Wigrams Turn Marina
Fenny Marina
King's Sutton Lock No. 31
River Cherwell
Nell Bridge Lock No. 32

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

The Wharf Inn
The Gongoozler's rest
The Folly
Pizza Calzone
The Great Western Arms
Bangkok House
Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn
The Gardeners Arms
The Victoria
The Kings Head
The White Horse
Grimsbury Fish Bar
Annie's Tea Room
The Brasenose Arms
Boat House
Pinto Lounge
The Bell Inn
The Boat Inn
General Foods Sports & Social Club

*Canal side places powered by foursquare

Further reading and learning about the Braunston to Oxford route


Related Nicholson Guide:
Grand Union, Oxford & the South East - Nicholson Guide No 1


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