The South Oxford Canal is one of the prettiest in Britain. Winding its way peacefully along the Cherwell Valley from Oxford to Banbury, through classic canalside hamlets and villages such as Thrupp, Lower Heyford and Cropredy, it ascends to the beautifully remote summit level toward Warwick, Stratford and the Heart of England. There is plenty for everyone to do: sightseeing, walking the towpath, cycling the surrounding country lanes, sampling the many local pubs which serve excellent real ale and food. The South Oxford Canal has its own unique diamond-shaped locks and rustic lift bridges (many left open nowadays), none of which are too close together to make you feel like you're working!
Our Lower Heyford base offers 'Kizzies' waterside bistro, for your pre-holiday lunch or post-cruise breakfast - Fridays to Mondays. To see opening times for Kizzies, please CLICK HERE.
Easy cruising to Oxford or Banbury and return through outstanding scenery. Both Oxford and Banbury have excellent shopping opportunities and a wide range of pubs, cinemas, restaurants and clubs. Oxford also boasts the famous University Colleges, Museums, the Castle, Ice Rink and Theatres.
A midweek break offers an extra day's cruising for the same price as a weekend break. Cruise beyond Banbury to Cropredy, home of the annual Cropredy Festival (Fairport Convention), or beyond Oxford onto the Royal River Thames.
Cruise north past Cropredy to Napton or perhaps as far as Braunston, considered by many to be the Heart of the Waterways. South onto the Thames towards the Cotwolds or downstream past Oxford enjoying the many beautiful reaches of England's most famous river.
TWO WEEKS - THE THAMES RING
Enjoy the cruise of a lifetime! Cruise downstream on the Thames taking in the famous sights - Oxford, Henley, Marlow, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court - then chug through the Chilterns into the beautiful Tove Valley. At Braunston you leave the Grand Union Canal for the narrow locks of the Oxford Canal and the final, but very attractive, leg back to our Heyford base. NB: An extra visitors' licence fee for the River Thames is payable on arrival at the first lock.