Oxford Canal (Northern Section)
The Oxford Canal (Northern Section) is part of the Oxford Canal and is made up of the Oxford Canal (Northern Section - Rugby Wharf Arm), the Oxford Canal (Northern Section - Wyken Arm), the Oxford Canal (Northern Section - Stretton Arm) and the Oxford Canal (Northern Section - Main Line).
The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Travels:
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 86M - East Midlands (Leicester) Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 87M - Warwickshire Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 53M - Oxford Canal Map (Downloadable)
- Warwickshire Ring & Ashby Canal
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 1 - Grand Union, Oxford & the South East
- Pearson's Canal Companions: Oxford & Grand Union; Upper Thames
Relevant publications — Waterway Histories:
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Wikipedia has a page about Oxford Canal
The Oxford Canal is a 78-mile (126 km) narrow canal in central England linking Oxford with Bedworth (between Coventry and Nuneaton on the Coventry Canal) via Banbury and Rugby. Completed in 1790, it connects to the River Thames at Oxford and is integrated with the Grand Union Canal — combined for 5 miles close to the villages of Braunston and Napton-on-the-Hill, a canal which soon after construction superseded much of its traffic.
The canal was for approximately 15 years the main canal artery of trade between the Midlands and London; it retained importance in its local county economies and that of Berkshire. Today the canal is frequently used in weekend and holiday narrowboat pleasure boating.
The Oxford Canal traverses Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and east Warwickshire through broad, shallow valleys and lightly rolling hills; resembling the bulk of the Grand Union Canal and its branches, much of the landscape is similar to the Llangollen and Lancaster canals. It has frequent wharfs and public houses, particularly if including the parts of the Grand Union Canal immediately adjoining. North of about a third of its distance, namely from Napton, the canal travelling northeast then northwest forms part of the Warwickshire ring. In its south extreme it forms a waterways circuit within Oxford known as the Four Rivers.