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You must visit Dukes Lock

Was on a narrow boat with some friends sailing back east on the Thames and had decided to Dukes Cut to join the Oxford Canal. I've lived in the area for many years and was just... read more

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Kevin D
Abingdon, England, United Kingdom
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Abingdon, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was on a narrow boat with some friends sailing back east on the Thames and had decided to Dukes Cut to join the Oxford Canal. I've lived in the area for many years and was just so annoyed with myself that I had not previously discovered or explored this place. Where the Thames joins the canal is so beautiful, peaceful... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent way to walk back from Jericho to the city. Boats to see still active, wildlife and piece and quiet

Thank Stephen L
Market Weighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This free attraction is both delightful to the eye and a nice walk along the gentle canal water ways with many tourist punting or rowing along the canal. Great place to relax at vantage point along the canal...a must visit when in Oxford.

Thank Alex A
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a round walk of about 6 miles in Oxford. The weather was sunny so that made a difference. Lovely to see people on the river. Although there were a lot of people about the place did not seem crowded. We had done a shorter walk earlier in the morning when one or two seemingly homeless people around but... More 

Thank Solrsparkle
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely easy walk with lots to see along the towpath -the path and locks are well maintained -also a variety of wildlife

Thank mai d
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

The Oxford Canal runs in a generally north-south direction between Oxford and Hawkesbury Junction, to the north of Coventry. Construction started in 1769 and, when completed in 1790 provided part of a through route between the industries in the Midlands, via the Coventry and Birmingham & Fazeley Canals, and the markets in London, via the River Thames. Today the canal... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

It is worth strolling through fields from Kidlington, or walking along the Banbury Road, to reach the towpath of the canal at Thrupp. Annie's tea room offers good food. The thatched houses lend charm. And Thrupp Wide (as the turn of the canal is called) is a world away from Oxford's busy streets. If you have little ones, you'll find... More 

Thank Julia C
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

Its another way of seeing Oxford and getting some exercise. Being completely flat its ideal for cycling although best to avoid Saturday and Sundays when there a large groups of walkers sharing the same towpath. There's some great pubs along the canal and its a good place for a picnic.

Thank OF12345
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

It's a beautiful, relaxing walk along the canals in Oxford. Lovely way to take in the scenery and enjoy the outdoors. You can even watch birds depending on the time of the year or watch swans & ducks play on the water. There are boat rides offered sometimes by students. This is something to do if you have the time!

Thank Menekag
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2017

One of the most popular and fun attractions in Oxford is going boating (in pedalos and gondolas) on the canals. This is definitely something better done in warmer weather for obvious reasons, though of course warmer weather comes with more crowded canals and longer queues. We had to wait 45 minutes when we went in July, but it was totally... More 

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