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Guide to Oxford Canals

6th August 2020

Considering booking an Oxford boating holiday? Our detailed guide has you covered. Whether you’re looking for canal boat hire in Oxford, or simply want to know more about what Oxford’s canals can offer, learn more about Oxford’s canal network today.

Oxford Canals

A picturesque haven of countryside, free from large-scale development, the Oxford Canal meanders through beautiful scenery sculpted by the nature of Oxfordshire – making it the perfect place to explore on an Oxford narrowboat. The Oxford Canal itself spans 75 miles with 46 locks to navigate through – making it the perfect choice of journey for experienced boaters to embark on.

As well as miles of waterway to glide through, the Oxford Canal Walk is a long-distance route you can partake in, following the towpath for 77 miles from Oxford to Hawkesbury. For avid walkers who enjoy taking in stunning scenery, this walk is the perfect choice – home to a rich variety of wildlife to keep an eye out for on your travels!

What to do in Oxford

On your journey through the Oxford canals, stop off in the city centre for some culture, beauty and history as you go. Oxford has lots to offer including historical sites such as Blenheim Palace – the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough; and Christ Church College – a combination of majestic architecture and literary heritage. As well as this, you could also explore:

Oxford canal trips

Looking for canal boat hire in Oxford? Here at ABC Boat Hire, we offer short breaks in Oxford as well as weekend canal boat hire. Set off from Rugby Base on our Oxford and return trip – a popular longer route; or set off on the Oxford & Return from Gayton Marina. For one of our longer featured routes, our Oxford & Return route from Aldermaston Wharf has plenty to offer – begin by heading North East on the Kennet & Avon canal and then continue cruising towards Reading.

With plenty to see and explore around the city, explore Oxford holidays on one of our canal boat holidays for your next trip along the water. Get in touch with a member of our team for more information.

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