Oxford Canal

The lazy Oxford Canal makes its way through the English countryside from Oxford, via Cotswold villages to the outskirts of Coventry. This peaceful route with a 4mph speed limit is perfect for a relaxing narrowboat cruise. You can moor up almost anywhere along the canal free of charge for up to 14 days and because there aren’t many locks, there's absolutely nothing to stress over… The only thing to work out is which pub to stop off at and what to choose from the menu.


The Cotswold village of Cropredy is a popular boater’s destination where the Oxford Canal and River Cherwell pass in parallel. Each August the famous Fairport Convention music festival comes to town, bringing with it 20,000 visitors. If you are planning to arrive by boat, get there early because you can’t reserve a mooring. It is the site of the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, during the English Civil war in 1644 and you should visit the local landmark pub which is over 340 years old, The Brasenose Arms, if you fancy some free live music.

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