Canoeing and Kayaking on : Oxford Canal

The Oxford Canal is a 78 mile long canal which links the River Thames at Oxford to the Grand Union and Coventry Canals in the Midlands.

This is one of the most scenic canals in England, and makes a lovely rural place to go canoeing.

The canal is covered by the British Waterways licence, which is included as part of the BCU/Canoe England membership.

British Waterways are happy for canoeists to camp at the rural locks and alongside towpaths, as long as they are not blocked. Basically it is treated in the same way as mooring.



Paddle Point
Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire OX25, UK

Good Entry point for the Oxford Canal at Allen Lock
Small car-park generally used by local walkers.
Lovely area.

Paddle Point

Good Entry point for the Oxford Canal
Limited car parking area (used by fishermen / canal boat owners) across the small bridge, or park in front of the Rock of Gibraltar Public House (public lay by).
Useful start/end point when visiting Jane's Teas Rooms on the return paddle!

Paddle Point

This is the start of a canoe trail from Nell Bridge to Banbury.
http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/media/pdf/Canoe%20trail%20Nell%20Bridge%20to%20Cropredyj.pdf

Paddle Point

Put in from towpath/moorings next to the Bridge Inn.
The pub have been happy to leave cars here for several days, obviously having a pint afterwards.
Put in across the lawn diagonally from the pub car park, approx 150m easy portage/trolley.

Paddle Point
Cropredy, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17, UK

Put in by bridge in Cropredy.

There are British Waterway loos and water here.

Shop opposite is very useful and well stocked for a village shop.

Parking unknown (we were travelling through)

Ample parking at Sports Club, 200m east of canal. Banbury & District Canoe Club is based at Cropredy Wharf.
Paddle Point

A great little smallholding with limited basic camping and an excellent farm shop. No loo block. Very friendly.
http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=10593

Great bacon/sausage van on site too for breakfast!

Paddle Point

Legendary alfresco tea room by the canal. Jane is an eccentric but excellent host, and the cream teas are fabulous, everything is homemade. An experience not to be missed, but not open that often, just summer Sunday's I think.

Excellent stopping point for refreshment, used by Milton Keynes Canoe Club on several occasions over the past 3 years
For 2014, I understand the tea-rooms will be open Sat-Sun every other summer weekend
http://www.janes-cream-teas.moonfruit.com/
Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

A stone edged put in next to bridge 236, Limited parking at the Plough inn.