Oxford to Thrupp via The Oxford Canal

This cycle route takes you on an easy 9 mile ride from the centre of Oxford along a traffic free path along The Oxford Canal. The surface is typical of canal tow paths being a mixture of tarmac and crushed gravel etc. When cycling on some canals in the UK you may require a permit from British Waterways. You can download your free permit from our homepage by clicking on the link for waterscape.com. Cycle hire is available in Oxford from Cyclo Analysts, Cowley Road – Bainton Bikes, Walton Streeet – Bike Zone, St. Michaels Street,  Summertown Cycles, Banbury Road and Oxford Cycles, Richmond Court,Oxford.


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Oxford is designated as one of the UK’s cycling cities and is famous for its medieval university. Some of the buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every British architectural period since the arrival of the Saxons. Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires” and the University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The Oxford Canal which was opened in 1790 is approximately 91 miles long and took over 30 years to build.

Starting from the car park on Hythe Bridge Street next to the canal leave the car park and cycle left along Hythe Bridge Street for 100 yards where you reach the canal under the bridge. At this point cross the road and get on to the tow path which runs alongside the canal. As you cycle along the tow path you will see the college grounds on your right hand side and after 500 yards you cross over the canal and on the other side of the bridge turn right keeping the canal on your right hand side as you cycle along.

As you cycle along the trail you will pass under several bridges and after about 1 mile you leave the suburbs of Oxford behind you. As you pass under the A40 you will pass Dukes Lock as the canal bends to the right. Continue straight along the path.

After about 6 miles from the start of the path you will reach the outskirts of Kidlington. At
Kidlington you pass another set of locks on the canal.

About half a mile past Kiddlington the canal bends sharply to the right and at the end of a short straight stretch on the canal the path takes you over the other side of the canal to Thrupp and Annie’s Tea rooms.  You will be able to see Oxford Airport over to the left of you at this point. The end of your ride.





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