Oxford Canal Walk
Follow the Oxford Canal from Oxford to Coventry on this splendid waterside walk. You follow the towpath of the canal for the duration of the route meaning this is a fairly easy walk (providing you don't do at all at once!)
You will pass through a series of delightful villages including Thrupp, Lower Heyford, Banbury, Cropredy, Braunston Turn and Rugby before finishing at Hawkesbury Junction in Coventry.
The peaceful south Midlands countryside, a series of pretty locks and several excellent canal side pubs make this walk a fantastic experience. Highlights include the delightful Port Meadow at the start of the route in Oxford, great views of the River Cherwell through Oxfordshire and the stunning gardens at Rousham Park.
Oxford Canal Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Oxford Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just north of Kidlington you can stop at the Jolly Boatman Inn at Thrupp. The pub has lovely canalside seating and a great menu. You can find it at postcode OX5 1JU.
Also of interest is the noteworthy Perch Inn in Binsey. The thatched 17th-century country inn is one of the oldest pubs in Oxford and sits next to the lovely Port Meadow. It has a great menu and a splendid, large garden to sit out and relax in during the warmer months. Notably, the pub was a frequent haunt of Inspector Morse from the famous ITV series of the 80s and 90s. You can find it on Binsey Lane at postcode OX2 0NG.
At lock number 3 in Braunston you can visit the canalside Admiral Nelson for some refreshments. The interesting building itself dates back to 1730 and pre-dates the canal. It was originally a farm building and cows were milked where the restaurant is today and a green grocer’s shop which opened onto the lock side was where there is now a skittles room. There's a lovely beer garden where you can sit out in the summer months, and watch the canal boats and the world go by. You can cosy up in the winter next to the roaring open fire. The pub is right on the canal in Braunston at postcode NN11 7HJ.
The village of Napton on the Hill is a nice place to explore. Here you'll find some historic buildings including a 12th century church, an old tower mill and The Folly. The old wood beamed pub sits in a fine location next to the canal. You can relax outside in the lovely waterside garden and watch the world go by. It's a friendly place with a good menu and selection of drinks. The pub can be found on Folly Lane with postcode CV47 8NZ for your sat navs. Near here you can also pay a visit to the pretty Napton Reservoirs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At the end of the route you can link up with the Coventry Canal and try the Coventry Circular Walk to explore the area further.
Near Claydon you could leave the canal to visit the National Trust's Farnborough Hall. The Grade I listed hall dates from the 18th century and is surrounded by attractive parkland with lakes and beautiful landscaped gardens.