Oxford Canal

The Oxford Canal is typically divided into the North Oxford (Hawkesbury Junction to Braunston) and the South Oxford (Braunston to Oxford). The canal is largely rural, but does pass through some very pleasant villages as well as the towns of Rugby and Banbury. The canal also takes you into the heart of Oxford, with easy access to everything the city has to offer.

View from canal at Braunston

North Oxford…

Hawkesbury Junction

  • Junction of North Oxford and Coventry Canal
  • Blackhorse Convenience Store. (Jagson's Off-licence & Newsagents). 163 Blackhorse Rd.

    Walk south down Coventry canal at junction to first road bridge, turn right over bridge and walk toward roundabout. You will see the shop ahead (10mins walk)

  • Greyhound Inn. Sutton Stop. CV6 6DF. 02746 363046 (Canalside pub & Restaurant)
  • Indian Takeaway - Delivered to Greyhound pub on Fridays. (more info to follow)

Ansty

  • Moorings between Bridges 14 & 16
  • Buses: 74 To Coventry
  • Ansty Club. Grove Rd. CV7 9JD. 02476 614540 (restaurant & function rooms)
  • Rose and Castle. Main Rd. CV7 9HZ. 02476 612822 (Bar)

Stretton Stop

  • Moorings just after Bridge 28

Brinklow

  • Brinklow Castle. Ell Lane. CV23 0LR. (Norman earthwork motte and bailey fortress C11th)
  • Bulls Head. 9 Coventry Rd. CV23 0NE. 01788 832355 (Pub/Dining/B&B)
  • White Lion Inn. 32 Broad St. CV23 0LN. 01788 832579 (B&B/Pub)
  • Brinklow House Chinese. 10 Broad St. CV23 0LN. 01788 833257 (takeaway)
  • Bulls Head. 9 Coventry Rd. CV23 0NE. 01788 832355 (Pub/Dining/B&B)
  • Pumpkins Deli. 19 Broad St. CV23 0LS. 01788 833094 (Coffee Shop/Deli/Cafe)
  • Raven Inn. 68 Broad St. CV23 0LN. 01788 832655
  • White Lion. 32 Broad St. CV23 0LN. 01788 832579

Harborough Magna

Newbold on Avon

  • Moorings before & after Bridge 50
  • Newbold On Avon PO. 19 Main St. CV21 1HH. 01788 543104 (In Co-op)
  • Sophisticut Too. 16 Main St. CV21 1HW. 01788 552255 (Unisex)
  • Barley Mow has secure laundry room - check with Kelly (landlady)
  • Co-Operative Food. 19 Main St. CV21 1HH. 01788 542023
  • Barley Mow. 64 Main St. CV21 1HW. 01788 544174 (Live Music, Monthly Quiz, Laundry & Shower)
  • Fishsmiths. 15 Main St. CV21 1HH. 01788 544109
  • Newbold Crown. 2 Main St. CV21 1HW. 01788 336136 (Live Music Fri/Quiz Thurs)
  • (The former Boat Inn is now part of Barley Mow - Barley Barn (functions/music venue))

Rugby

  • Bridges 55 & 58
  • Brownsover PO. Bow Fell Shopping Centre. Hollowell Way. CV21 1LT. 01788 571616
  • Brownsover Hall Hotel 3*. Brownsover Lane. CV21 1HU. 01788 546100 (Gothic Mansion)
  • Premier Inn Rugby North Newbold. Brownsover Rd. CV21 1HL. 0871 527 8950
  • Travelodge Rugby Central Hotel 2*. Redpole Rd. CV21 3LA. 0871 984 6449
  • Tesco Superstore. 1 Leicester Rd. CV21 1RG. 0345 677 9587
  • Buses: 10 & 12 to Rugby Town Centre/Daventry

Hillmorton

  • Moorings at bottom of locks, Bridge 70 or top of locks (sloping rocky bank)
  • Hillmorton PO. 59-61 High St. CV21 4EG
  • Aldi. 12 Paddox Close. CV22 5AU. 0800 042 0800
  • Best One. 1-2 Deane Rd. CV21 4NZ. 01788 576975 (From Badsey's Wharf (bottom lock) walk right, under railway, turn left at T junction, past Stag & Pheasant - 10mins roughly)
  • Hillmorton News. 74 Featherbed Lane. CV21 4LE. 01788 576966 (food/wine etc)
  • Sainsbury's Local. 339 Hillmorton Rd. CV22 5EZ. 01788 206500
  • Buses: 11 goes to Hillmorton centre. Bus 3/3A to Rugby. (Day Rider Ticket £4  to Rugby, plus on way back you can stop off to shop at Aldi/Sainsbury then continue journey)
  • Bell Inn. High St. CV21 4HD. 01788 544465
  • Canal Chef. Badsey's Wharf. The Locks. CV21 4PP. 01788 567600 (Licensed Restaurant)
  • Hillmorton Fish Saloon. 68 Featherbed Lane. CV21 4LE. 01788 542270
  • Jasmine Court. 239 Hillmorton Rd. CV21 4AA. 01788 546868 (Chinese All You Can Eat Buffet)
  • Old Royal Oak. Crick Rd. CV21 4PW. 01788 561401 (Hungry Horse)
  • Pasta Pizza. 68 High St. CV21 4EG. 01788 541280 (phone first as f/b page not updated)
  • Stag & Pheasant. 28 School St. CV21 4BW. 01788 535631
  • Church of St John The Baptist. The Locks. CV21 4PP. 01788 576279 (CofE)

Barby

  • Village Stores. 5 Rugby Rd. CV23 8UA. 01788 890360 (Convenience Store)

Willoughby

  • St Nicholas Church. Brooks Close. CV23 8BY

Braunston

  • ATM @ Select Convenience. 48-52 High St. NN11 7HR. 01788 890334
  • Braunston PO. 50 High St. NN11 7HR. 01788 891700 (In Convenience Store)

 

  • Select Convenience. 48-52 High St. NN11 7HR. 01788 890334
  • Village Meats. 25 High St. NN11 7HR. 01788 890204 (butcher)
  • Bus 12 to Rugby (from opp Chip shop or Church)(hourly at half past or bit after...)
  • All Saints Church. 71 High St. NN11 7HR. 01788 890298 (Cathedral of canals...)

South Oxford…

Lower Shuckburgh

  • Church Of St John The Baptist

Napton

  • Moorings before Bridge 111
  • M.Davies Ltd. Badby Lane, Staverton nr Daventry. NN11 6DE. 01327 872877 (short drive from Wigrams Turn Marina but will deliver logs to marina...)
  • Cross Roads Garage. Shuckburgh Rd. CV47 8NJ. 01926 812416 (pink diesel/milk/sundries)
  • Calcutt Boats. Tomlow Rd. Stockton. CV47 8HX. 01926 813757
  • Napton Marina. Tomlow Rd. Stockton. CV47 8HX. 01926 813644
  • Wigrams Turn Marina. Shuckburgh Rd. CV47 8NL. 01926 817175
  • Buses: Bus 65 into Southam & Leamington / Daventry from outside Wigrams Turn Marina - please check very restricted timetable.

Napton on the Hill

  • Moorings before Bridge 113
  • Folly Canal Shop. Folly Lane. CV47 8NZ. 01926 812400 (gifts,food,stamps...)
  • Napton Village Stores. New St. CV47 8LR. 01926 812488 (Also PO & Cafe)
  • Mulberry Lane Cake. The Killick. Cox's Lane. CV47 8LW. 07970 706471
  • Bus 65 to Southam or Leamington Spa or Daventry (outside CROWN)
  • The Folly Inn. Folly Lane. CV47 8NZ. 01926 815185
  • The Crown (in the village) is no longer a public house

Priors Hardwick

Wormleighton

  • Wormleighton Village - well worth a walk or short drive
  • St Peter's Church. CV47 2XH. (Worth a look outside & inside)

Fenny Compton

  • Moorings between Wharf Pub and Marina
  • Hosted PO. Village Hall. Memorial Rd. (Mon, Wed, Fri 9-10am)
  • Mobile Library Van. Station Rd. (Fridays, but check dates & times)
  • Fenny Compton Methodist Church

Claydon

Places to Stay
  • Priors End (Holiday Cottage Rental). 01244 356695
  • Church Of St James The Great

Cropredy

  • Moorings before Bridge 152 or after 153
  • Water Point, Elsan, Pump out below bottom lock (bridge 153)
  • Church Rooms. Church Lane. Mon & Wed 9.30-1.30
  • Brasenose Arms. Station Rd. OX17 1PW. 01295 750244. (hotel/live music/quiz)
  • The Bridge Store. Williamscot Rd. OX17 1PW.
  • Carl Mumford. Refridgerated Van Wed & Sat. 01295 760212 (butcher)
  • The Perfect Present. Canalside House. Williamscot Rd. OX17 1PQ. 01295 758822
  • buses: Opp Brasenose Arms. To Banbury
  • Cropredy Methodist Church. OX17 1NS. 01295 262602
  • St Mary The Virgin Church. Church Lane. OX17 1PL. 01295 750744

Banbury

  • Plenty of moorings beside Spice Ball Park, or between Br 163-166
  • Fuel on right hand side approaching Banbury, water point, elsan, pumpout etc after bridge 166 below lock
  • (All major banks in Town Centre – these nearest canal)
  • ATM Barclays. 32 Bridge St. OX16 5PN. 0345 734 5345
  • ATM Halifax. 26 Castle Quay Shopping Centre. Castle St. OX16 5UH. 0345 600 3934
  • ATM NatWest. Town Hall Buildings. 1 Bridge St. OX16 5JS. 0116 255 3041
  • Barclays. 32 Bridge St. OX16 5PN. 0345 734 5345
  • Banbury PO. 57-58 High St. OX16 5LB. 0845 722 3344
  • Halifax. 26 Castle Quay Shopping Centre. Castle St. OX16 5UH. 0345 600 3934
  • HSBC. 17 Market Place. OX16 5ED. 0345 740 4404
  • NatWest. Town Hall Buildings. 1 Bridge St. OX16 5JS. 0116 255 3041
  • Banbury Library. Marlborough Rd. OX16 5DB. 01295 262282
  • Banbury Museum. Castle Street SC. 40 Castle St. OX16 2PQ. 01295 753752
  • Corpus Gallery. Castle Quay. Spiceball Park Rd. OX16 2PQ. 01295 278690
  • Tooley's Boatyard (Heritage). Spiceball Park Rd. OX16 2PQ. 01295 272917
  • Crofts. 21-27 Broad St. OX16 5BX. 01295 250131
  • Hawthorne Lodge. 1 West Bar St. OX16 9SF. 01295 259446 (vet)
  • Pets At Home. Unit 9. Banbury Cross Retail Park. OX16 1LX. 0845 266 8875
  • West Bar. 19 West Bar St. OX16  9SA. 01295 262332 (hospital)
  • (All major supermarkets. Morrisons most accessible if you moor just south of Banbury. Or Tesco Extra if you moor on the northern side near bridge 161. Otherwise there is a Tesco Express within easy walking distance of canal basin.)
  • Morrisons. Swan Close. OX16 5AQ. 01295 276170
  • Tesco Express. 23 High St. OX16 5EG. 0345 674 6354 (Until 11pm).
  • Tesco Extra. Lockheed Close. OX16 1LX. 0345 677 9030 (24Hrs)
  • Spiceball Leisure Centre. Cherwell Drive. OX16 2BW. 01295 257522The Strand. Ground Floor, Velvo House. The Square. WF11 8ND. 01977 674516
  • rail: Banbury Railway Station. Station Rd. OX16 5AB. www.nationalrail.co.uk
  • taxis: 007 cars. 43 North Bar St. OX16 0TH. 01295 700007
  • taxis: Banbury Cars. 2 South St. OX16 3LF. 01295 276666
  • taxis: Castle Cars. Banbury Rail Station Approach. OX16 5AB. 01295 270011

Twyford Wharf

  • Twyford Wharf Narrowboats. The Old Barn. OX17 3JN. 01295 816025

Kings Sutton

  • The village is a short walk away from the canal, but there is a short cut across the fields
  • Kings Sutton PO. 1 Bulls Lane. OX17 3RA. 01295 811379
  • Co-Operative Foods. 45 Richmond St. OX17 3RT. 01295 811278
  • buses: Bus 499 To Banbury & Brackley
  • rail: Kings Sutton Chiltern Railways, GWR. (Oxford/Banbury/Bicester)

The Butchers Arms. Whittall St. OX17 3RD. 01295 810898
The White Horse. 2 The Square. OX17 3RF. 01295 812440

Aynho

  • Moorings either side Bridge 190
  • buses: Bus 499 To Banbury / Croughton & Brackley
  • Church Of St Michael. (Church Warden 01869 89727)

Upper Heyford

  • Moorings near bridge, then walk up lane (hill) to village. Car parking base of hill.

Lower Heyford

  • Moorings eithef side of Bridge 206
  • rail: Heyford. OX25 5PD. Chiltern Railways. GWR.

Tackley

  • rail: Tackley. Chiltern Rail. GWR. Trains To London/Oxford/Banbury
  • Tackley Methodist Church. Lower Hades Rd. OX5 3BE. 01865 842214

Kirtlington

  • Kirtlington PO. 1 Troy Lane. OX5 3HA. 01869 350356
  • buses: 25 Or 25a To Bicester Or Oxford
  • Church Of St Mary The Virgin. Church Lane. OX5 3HF. 01869 350224

Enslow

  • Moorings by Bridge 216
  • Enslow Marina. Station Rd. OX5 3AX. 01869 351321 (Kingsground N/Boats)
  • Rock Of Gibraltar. A4095. OX5 3AY. 01869 331373 (currently open but no website/facebook)

Thrupp

  • Moorings between Bridges 220 & 223
  • Coach House. Canal Rd. OX5 1JZ. 01235 882644 (Self Catering)

Kidlington

  • Barclays. 25 HIgh St. OX5 2DH. 0345 734 5345
  • NatWest. 17 Oxford Rd. OX5 2QP. 0345 788 8444
  • Co-operative Food. 26 High St. OX5 2DH. 01865 841418
  • Co-operative Fppd. 108 Oxford Rd. OX5 1DZ. 01865 79027
  • Tesco Metro. 71 High St. OX5 2DN. 0345 677 9396 (Convenience Store)
  • Black Bull. 2 Banbury Rd. OX5 2BT. 01865 375919 (Chinese Takeaway)
  • Black Horse. 6 Banbury Rd. OX5 2BT. 01865 373154 (Green King Chain Pub/Flame grills)
  • Ovisher Indian Restaurant. 11 Oxford Rd. 01865 372827 (Restaurant & Takeaway)
  • Red Lion. 5 Oxford Rd. OX5 2BP. 01865 373435 (Pizza Restaurant/Live Sports)

Wolvercote

  • Moorings either side Bridge 236
  • Jurys Inn. Godstow Rd. OX2 8AL. 01865 489988
  • The Post Box. 82 Godstow Rd. OX2 8NY. 01865 302950

Oxford

  • Moorings at end of canal (no turning point)
  • Dukes Barbers. 12 Golden Cross. OX1 3EU. 01865 200683
  • Electric Hairdressing. 34 St Ebbes St. OX1 1PU. 01865 790440
  • Mahogany. 30 Little Clarendon St. OX1 2HU. 01865 552494
  • Station Barbers. 24 Park End St. OX1 1HU. 01865 243619
  • Twenty Ten. 11c New Rd. OX1 1LT. 01865 722555
  • Launderette. 121 Botley Rd. OX2 0HD. 07970 152817
  • Summertown Launderette. 37 South Parade. OX2 7JN, 01865 515590 (Moor bridge 238)
  • Co-Op. 42 Walton St. OX2 6AD. 01865 559029
  • Londis. 85 Walton St. OX2 6EA. 01865 557303
  • Lung Wah Chong. 41-42 Hythe Bridge St. OX1 2EP. 01865 790703 (Asian Supermarket)
  • Sainsbury's Local. 7 Magdalen St. OX1 3AD. 01865 204969