Oxford Canal (Southern Section - Main Line)

The Oxford Canal (Southern Section - Main Line) is a narrow canal and is part of the Oxford Canal (Southern Section). It runs for 49 miles and 4¾ furlongs through 38 locks from End of Hythe Bridge Arm (which is a dead end) to Napton Junction (where it joins the Grand Union Canal (Warwick and Napton Canal) and the Grand Union Canal (Oxford Canal Section)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 70 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 6 feet and 9 inches. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 5 inches.

It has junctions with the River Thames (Sheepwash Channel) at Isis Lock Junction; with the Oxford Canal (Duke's Cut) at Wolvercote Junction and with the Oxford Canal (Old Engine House Arm) at Old Engine House Arm Junction.

Notable features of the waterway include: Napton Locks and Claydon Locks

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

Relevant books - waterway travels:

Relevant books - waterway maps:

Relevant books - waterway guides:

 
 
 
End of Hythe Bridge Arm
End of navigation. Oxford
Oxford
Visitor moorings - City centre 5 mins walk
a few yards 0 locks
Isis Sanitary Station
Requires a BWB key for access.
½ furlongs 0 locks
Isis Lock Junction ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Hythe Bridge Arm Winding Hole
The last opportunity to wind before the end of the navigation
1 furlong 0 locks
Combe Road Wharf
College Cruisers hire base
2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Jericho Footbridge 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Walton Well Road Bridge No 242 4½ furlongs 0 locks
Aristotle Bridge No 240 7¾ furlongs 0 locks
Frenchay Bridge No 239A
The lift bridge has been rebuilt as a fixed bridge
1 mile and 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Lift Bridge No 239
Replaced by a fixed bridge 60yds North
1 mile and 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Elizabeth Jennings Way Bridge No 238B
A replacement for Electric Lift Bridge No 239A
1 mile and 3 furlongs 0 locks
St Edwards Lift Bridge No 238 1 mile and 4½ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Second St Edwards Lift Bridge 1 mile and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Wolvercote Railway Bridge No 236A 1 mile and 7¼ furlongs 0 locks
Wolvercote Green Field Bridge No 236 2 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Wolvercote Footbridge 2 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Wolvercote Bridge No 235 2 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Wolvercote Lock No 45 2 miles and 3¾ furlongs 0 locks
Wolvercote Sanitary Station 2 miles and 5¼ furlongs 1 lock
Perrys Lift Bridge No 234 2 miles and 5¼ furlongs 1 lock
Western Bypass Bridge 2 miles and 7 furlongs 1 lock
Lift Bridge No 233
Bridge almost under the Oxford Bypass (A34T) bridge
2 miles and 7¼ furlongs 1 lock
Northern Bypass Road Bridge No 232A 2 miles and 7¾ furlongs 1 lock
Wolvercote Junction Moorings
48 hour moorings
3 miles and ½ furlongs 1 lock
Wolvercote Junction
Junction of Duke's Cut with Oxford Canal
3 miles and ¾ furlongs 1 lock
Duke's Lock No 44 3 miles and 1¼ furlongs 1 lock
Wolvercote Junction Water Point 3 miles and 1¾ furlongs 2 locks
Drinkwater's Field Bridge No 231A 3 miles and 3½ furlongs 2 locks
Drinkwater's Lift Bridge No 231
BW Key required
3 miles and 3¾ furlongs 2 locks
King's Bridge No 230 3 miles and 5½ furlongs 2 locks
Site of Alchemy Boatbuilders
Closed May 2017
3 miles and 6 furlongs 2 locks
Bridge No 229
A 'temporary' wooden foot bridge
4 miles 2 locks
Kidlington Green Pipe Bridges 4 miles and 1 furlong 2 locks
Kidlington Green Lock No 43 4 miles and 4¼ furlongs 2 locks
Yarnton Lane Bridge No 228
Kidlington half a mile north
4 miles and 7¼ furlongs 3 locks
Bullers Bridge No 227 5 miles and ½ furlongs 3 locks
Kidlington Railway Bridge 5 miles and 3¼ furlongs 3 locks
Roundham Bridge No 226 5 miles and 3¾ furlongs 3 locks
Roundham Lock No 42 5 miles and 4 furlongs 3 locks
Langford Locks Narrows 5 miles and 5¼ furlongs 4 locks
Bridge No 224a 5 miles and 7¼ furlongs 4 locks
The Highwayman PH and Restaurant 6 miles and 1¾ furlongs 4 locks
Langford Lane Bridge No 224 6 miles and 2 furlongs 4 locks
Bridge No 223 6 miles and 4¼ furlongs 4 locks
The Jolly Boatman PH 6 miles and 4¼ furlongs 4 locks
The Boat Inn (Thrupp) 6 miles and 6¼ furlongs 4 locks
Thrupp Visitor Moorings 6 miles and 7 furlongs 4 locks
Aubreys Lift Bridge No 221
BW Key needed to operate this, electrically operated, bridge
6 miles and 7½ furlongs 4 locks
Annie's Tea Rooms 6 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Thrupp Wide 6 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Thrupp Cruising Club 6 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Shipton Bridge No 220 7 miles and 3 furlongs 4 locks
Shipton Railway Bridge 7 miles and 5¼ furlongs 4 locks
Shipton Lift Bridge No 219 7 miles and 5¾ furlongs 4 locks
Shipton Weir Bridge No 218 7 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Shipton Weir Lock No 41
South end of River Cherwell Section
7 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Shipton Weir Junction
The River Cherwell continues to the left of the lock
8 miles 5 locks
Railway Bridge over River Cherwell No 217A 8 miles and 4¼ furlongs 5 locks
Horse Bridge Junction
Towpath bridge across the Cherwell
8 miles and 5¾ furlongs 5 locks
Baker's Lock No 40
Gibraltar Lock. North end of River Cherwell section
8 miles and 6½ furlongs 5 locks
Enslow Bridge No 216A 9 miles and ½ furlongs 6 locks
Old Enslow Bridge No 216 9 miles and ¾ furlongs 6 locks
Rock of Gibraltar PH 9 miles and 1 furlong 6 locks
Enslow Railway Bridge Narrows 9 miles and 1¾ furlongs 6 locks
Enslow Railway Bridge No 215A 9 miles and 1¾ furlongs 6 locks
Enslow Wharf 9 miles and 2¼ furlongs 6 locks
Enslow Winding Hole 9 miles and 3½ furlongs 6 locks
Caravan Lift Bridge No 215 9 miles and 5¾ furlongs 6 locks
Pinsey Bridge No 214 10 miles and 1¼ furlongs 6 locks
Pigeon Bridge No 213 10 miles and 3¼ furlongs 6 locks
Pigeon's Lock No 39
Pigeon's Bridge No 213 in the background
10 miles and 3½ furlongs 6 locks
Jane's Enchanted Tea Garden 10 miles and 4½ furlongs 7 locks
Kirtlington Winding Hole 11 miles and ½ furlongs 7 locks
Kirtlington Pipe Bridge 11 miles and ½ furlongs 7 locks
Old Brighton Bridge No 212 11 miles and 5¾ furlongs 7 locks
New Brighton Bridge No 211 12 miles and ½ furlongs 7 locks
North Brook Lock No 38 12 miles and 3 furlongs 7 locks
Northbrook Bridge No 210 12 miles and 3¾ furlongs 8 locks
Dashwood's Bridge No 209 12 miles and 7¾ furlongs 8 locks
Dashwood's Lock No 37 13 miles 8 locks
High Bush Bridge No 208 13 miles and 2 furlongs 9 locks
The Cleeves Winding Hole 13 miles and 7¼ furlongs 9 locks
Cleves Bridge No 207 14 miles and ¾ furlongs 9 locks
Heyford Wharf Bridge No 206
Road Bridge leads to Lower Heyford village
14 miles and 3¼ furlongs 9 locks
Heyford Wharf
Oxfordshire Narrowboats
14 miles and 3½ furlongs 9 locks
Heyford Wharf Winding Hole 14 miles and 3½ furlongs 9 locks
Heyford Wharf Narrows 14 miles and 4 furlongs 9 locks
Mill Lift Bridge No 205
New electric mechanism operated with a BW key from the towpath side.
14 miles and 6¾ furlongs 9 locks
Allen's Bridge No 204 15 miles and 4¾ furlongs 9 locks
Allen's Lock No 36
Bridge leads to Upper Heyford Village
15 miles and 4¾ furlongs 9 locks
Double Bridge No 203 15 miles and 5¾ furlongs 10 locks
Single Bridge No 202 15 miles and 7¾ furlongs 10 locks
Heyford Common Railway Bridge No 201 16 miles and 1 furlong 10 locks
Heyford Common Bridge No 200 16 miles and 2¼ furlongs 10 locks
Heyford Common Lock No 35 16 miles and 2½ furlongs 10 locks
Somerton Mill Pipe Bridge 16 miles and 6 furlongs 11 locks
Somerton Mill Bridge No 199 16 miles and 7½ furlongs 11 locks
Deep Cutting Bridge No 198 17 miles and 3½ furlongs 11 locks
Somerton narrows 17 miles and 7 furlongs 11 locks
Somerton Bridge Winding Hole
The sign says "Private No Turning", so is not an official winding hole and not available for general use.
18 miles 11 locks
Somerton Bridge No 196
Somerton village to the southwest
18 miles and ¼ furlongs 11 locks
Meadlands Bridge No 195 18 miles and 4 furlongs 11 locks
Somerton Deep Lock Bridge No 194 18 miles and 5¼ furlongs 11 locks
Somerton Deep Lock No 34 18 miles and 5½ furlongs 11 locks
Somerton Deep Lock Winding Hole 18 miles and 6 furlongs 12 locks
Chisnell Lift Bridge No 193 19 miles and 1¼ furlongs 12 locks
Souldern Brook Culvert 19 miles and 1¾ furlongs 12 locks
Souldern Bridge No 192 19 miles and 6¾ furlongs 12 locks
Aynho Bridge No 190
Ayhno Village 1.25 miles northeast up B4031
20 miles and 3¼ furlongs 12 locks
The Great Western Arms PH 20 miles and 3½ furlongs 12 locks
Aynho Wharf 20 miles and 3¾ furlongs 12 locks
Belchers Lift Bridge No 189 20 miles and 7¼ furlongs 12 locks
Aynho Weir Lock No 33 21 miles and 3¼ furlongs 12 locks
Anynho Weir Lock Bridge No 188 21 miles and 3¼ furlongs 13 locks
Aynho Weir Junction
River Cherwell enters the canal
21 miles and 3½ furlongs 13 locks
Aynho Weir
Oxford Canal crosses the River Cherwell
21 miles and 3½ furlongs 13 locks
Nell Bridge No 187 21 miles and 6¼ furlongs 13 locks
Nell Bridge Lock No 32 21 miles and 6¼ furlongs 13 locks
Winding Hole above Nell Bridge Lock 21 miles and 6¾ furlongs 14 locks
Haddons Lift Bridge No 186 21 miles and 7 furlongs 14 locks
Nells Bridge Narrows
Farm shop & moorings
21 miles and 7¾ furlongs 14 locks
The Pig Place
Farm shop, café, camping-site and 14-day moorings on tow-path side
22 miles 14 locks
Coles Bridge Narrows 22 miles and 3¾ furlongs 14 locks
Coles Lift Bridge No 183 22 miles and 4¾ furlongs 14 locks
M40 Motorway Bridge No 182A 22 miles and 5 furlongs 14 locks
Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway Bridge (dismantled) 22 miles and 6¼ furlongs 14 locks
Coles Lift Bridge No 182 23 miles and ½ furlongs 14 locks
Scroobys Lift Bridge No 181 23 miles and 3 furlongs 14 locks
Tarver's Bridge No 179 23 miles and 4¼ furlongs 14 locks
King's Sutton Lock No 31 23 miles and 4¼ furlongs 14 locks
Twyford Bridge No 177 24 miles and 1½ furlongs 15 locks
Twyford Wharf
Home of Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats (boat hire)
24 miles and 1¾ furlongs 15 locks
Twyford Wharf Winding Hole 24 miles and 2 furlongs 15 locks
Stevens Lift Bridge No 176 24 miles and 3½ furlongs 15 locks
Stevens Lift Bridge No 175 24 miles and 5½ furlongs 15 locks
Grant's Lock Bridge No 174 24 miles and 7¼ furlongs 15 locks
Grant's Lock No 30 24 miles and 7¼ furlongs 15 locks
M40 Bridge (Northern Crossing) Bridge No 173A 25 miles and 1¼ furlongs 16 locks
Lift Bridge No 173 25 miles and 2 furlongs 16 locks
Nadkey Bridge No 172 25 miles and 3¾ furlongs 16 locks
Foxes Lift Bridge No 171 25 miles and 5½ furlongs 16 locks
Haynes Lift Bridge No 170 25 miles and 7 furlongs 16 locks
Bankside Narrows 26 miles and 1¾ furlongs 16 locks
Calthorpe Winding Hole 26 miles and 3¾ furlongs 16 locks
Tramway Road Pipe Bridge 26 miles and 5¾ furlongs 16 locks
Tramway Road Bridge No 168 26 miles and 6 furlongs 16 locks
Hazelmere Way Narrows 26 miles and 7 furlongs 16 locks
Bridge Street Bridge (Banbury) No 166 27 miles and ¾ furlongs 16 locks
Cherwell Street Bridge No 165A 27 miles and 1¼ furlongs 16 locks
Cherwell Street Facilities 27 miles and 1¼ furlongs 16 locks
Concorde Avenue Bridge No 165 27 miles and 1½ furlongs 16 locks
Banbury Lock No 29
Banbury Town Centre
27 miles and 1½ furlongs 16 locks
Lift Bridge No 164 27 miles and 2 furlongs 17 locks
Tooley's Boatyard
Historic drydock and workshops
27 miles and 2¼ furlongs 17 locks
Tooley's Boatyard Footbridge 27 miles and 2¼ furlongs 17 locks
Castle Quay Footbridge
Access from shops to car parks
27 miles and 2¾ furlongs 17 locks
Tom Rolt Bridge No 164 27 miles and 3¼ furlongs 17 locks
Sovereign Wharf 27 miles and 3¾ furlongs 17 locks
Marsh Footbridge No 163 27 miles and 5½ furlongs 17 locks
Grimsbury Wharf 27 miles and 7 furlongs 17 locks
Hennef Way Bridge No 162 27 miles and 7½ furlongs 17 locks
Southam Road Winding Hole 28 miles and ¼ furlongs 17 locks
Southam Road Footbridge No 161 28 miles and 2¾ furlongs 17 locks
Southam Road Footbridge Arm 28 miles and 3 furlongs 17 locks
Banbury Railway Bridge No 161A 28 miles and 6½ furlongs 17 locks
Hardwick Lock Field Bridge No 160 28 miles and 7¼ furlongs 17 locks
Hardwick Lock No 28 28 miles and 7¼ furlongs 17 locks
Hardwick Lock Motorway Bridge No 159A 29 miles and ½ furlongs 18 locks
Motorway Field Bridge No 159 29 miles and 1¾ furlongs 18 locks
Little Bourton Lock No 27
Jobson's Lock
29 miles and 5¾ furlongs 18 locks
Little Bourton Bridge No 158
Little Bourton, 1/2 mile west of here across the railway crossing.
29 miles and 7 furlongs 19 locks
Caves Bridge No 157 30 miles and 2½ furlongs 19 locks
Slat Mill Lock No 26 30 miles and 4½ furlongs 19 locks
Slat Mill Bridge No 156 30 miles and 5¼ furlongs 20 locks
Williamscot Field Bridge No 155 31 miles 20 locks
Old Mill Field Bridge No 154 31 miles and 2 furlongs 20 locks
Cropredy Wharf Bridge No 153
Cropredy
31 miles and 5½ furlongs 20 locks
Cropredy Wharf Narrows 31 miles and 6 furlongs 20 locks
Cropredy Lock Bridge No 152 31 miles and 6½ furlongs 20 locks
Cropredy Lock No 25
Cropredy Bridge No 152
31 miles and 6¾ furlongs 20 locks
Cropredy Lock Narrows 32 miles and ¼ furlongs 21 locks
Cropredy Marina
Marina opened August 2013
32 miles and 2¼ furlongs 21 locks
Cropredy Marina (Small Mooring Basin) 32 miles and 2½ furlongs 21 locks
Broadmoor Bridge No 150 32 miles and 4½ furlongs 21 locks
Broadmoor Lock No 24 32 miles and 4¾ furlongs 21 locks
Varney's Lock No 23 32 miles and 6¾ furlongs 22 locks
Varney's Lock Field Bridge 32 miles and 7½ furlongs 23 locks
Elkington's Bridge No 148 33 miles and ¾ furlongs 23 locks
Elkington's Lock No 22 33 miles and ¾ furlongs 23 locks
Clattercote Wharf 33 miles and 2 furlongs 24 locks
Clattercote Bridge No 147 33 miles and 5 furlongs 24 locks
Claydon Bottom Bridge No 146 33 miles and 7¾ furlongs 24 locks
Claydon Bottom Lock No 21 33 miles and 7¾ furlongs 24 locks
Claydon Lock No 20 34 miles and 1 furlong 25 locks
Claydon Lock Bridge No 145 34 miles and 1½ furlongs 26 locks
Claydon Lock No 19 34 miles and 1¾ furlongs 26 locks
Claydon Lock No 18 34 miles and 3¼ furlongs 27 locks
Claydon Top Lock No 17 34 miles and 4 furlongs 28 locks
Claydon Top Lock Bridge No 144 34 miles and 4¾ furlongs 29 locks
Hay Bridge No 143 35 miles and ¾ furlongs 29 locks
Feeder Bridge No 142
The bridge is a towpath bridge over the feeder ...
35 miles and 2¾ furlongs 29 locks
Boundary Lift Bridge No 141 35 miles and 5¼ furlongs 29 locks
Site of Wormleighton Railway Bridge (narrows)
The East and West Junction Railway once crossed the canal here
35 miles and 7½ furlongs 29 locks
Wormleighton Reservoir Bridge No 139 36 miles and 1½ furlongs 29 locks
Fenny Compton 'Tunnel' (East end) 36 miles and 4¾ furlongs 29 locks
Fenny Compton Bridge No 138 37 miles and ¾ furlongs 29 locks
Fenny Compton Turnover Bridge No 137A 37 miles and 1 furlong 29 locks
Tunnel Bridge No 137 37 miles and 2¼ furlongs 29 locks
Fenny Compton 'Tunnel' (West end) 37 miles and 2¼ furlongs 29 locks
Fenny Compton Marina 37 miles and 5½ furlongs 29 locks
Fenny Compton Wharf 38 miles 29 locks
Fenny Compton Bridge No 136 38 miles and ¼ furlongs 29 locks
Fenny Compton Bridge No 136A 38 miles and ¼ furlongs 29 locks
Sherne Hill Bridge No 135
Wormleighton three-quarters of a mile east
38 miles and 2¼ furlongs 29 locks
Wells Bridge No 134 38 miles and 6¼ furlongs 29 locks
Old Town Bridge No 133 39 miles and 2 furlongs 29 locks
Long Spinney Bridge No 132 39 miles and 5¼ furlongs 29 locks
Plank Footbridge No 131A 40 miles and ¾ furlongs 29 locks
Griffins Bridge No 131 40 miles and 2¾ furlongs 29 locks
Field Bridge No 130 40 miles and 6¾ furlongs 29 locks
Ladder Bridge No 129 41 miles and 1¾ furlongs 29 locks
Field Bridge No 128 41 miles and 4½ furlongs 29 locks
Stoneton Bridge No 127 42 miles and ¼ furlongs 29 locks
Stoneton Bridge No 126 42 miles and 3 furlongs 29 locks
Stoneton Bridge No 125 42 miles and 7½ furlongs 29 locks
Spurfoot Bridge No 124 43 miles and 2¼ furlongs 29 locks
Priors Hardwick Bridge No 123
Priors Hardwick 1 mile southeast
43 miles and 6½ furlongs 29 locks
Bridge No 122 44 miles and 2½ furlongs 29 locks
Welsh Road Narrows 45 miles and 1 furlong 29 locks
Marston Doles Visitor Moorings
14 day moorings
45 miles and 3¼ furlongs 29 locks
Marston Doles Water Point 45 miles and 3½ furlongs 29 locks
Marston Doles Top Lock No 16 45 miles and 4 furlongs 29 locks
Marston Doles Bridge No 119 45 miles and 4 furlongs 30 locks
Marston Doles Bottom Lock No 15 45 miles and 5¼ furlongs 30 locks
Engine House Field Bridge No 118 45 miles and 7¾ furlongs 31 locks
Old Engine House Arm Junction 46 miles and 3¼ furlongs 31 locks
Greens Lock No 14
Part of the Napton Flight
46 miles and 4¼ furlongs 31 locks
Greens Lock Field Bridge No 116 46 miles and 5¼ furlongs 32 locks
Napton Lock No 13 46 miles and 7¼ furlongs 32 locks
Napton Lock No 12 47 miles and ¼ furlongs 33 locks
Shut Bridge No 115 47 miles and ¼ furlongs 34 locks
Napton Lock No 11 47 miles and 1¾ furlongs 34 locks
Napton Lock No 10 47 miles and 2¾ furlongs 35 locks
Gilkes Bridge No 114 47 miles and 3 furlongs 36 locks
Napton Lock No 9 47 miles and 3½ furlongs 36 locks
Napton Bottom Lock No 8 47 miles and 4½ furlongs 37 locks
Napton Sanitary Station 47 miles and 4¾ furlongs 38 locks
Folly Bridge No 113 47 miles and 5 furlongs 38 locks
The Folly PH 47 miles and 5 furlongs 38 locks
Water Point at Bottom of Napton Locks 47 miles and 5¼ furlongs 38 locks
Winding Hole below Napton Locks 47 miles and 6¾ furlongs 38 locks
Napton Brickyard Bridge No 112 48 miles and 2 furlongs 38 locks
Napton Bridge No 111 48 miles and 5½ furlongs 38 locks
The Bridge Inn (Napton) 48 miles and 5¾ furlongs 38 locks
Bridge Inn Winding Hole 48 miles and 5¾ furlongs 38 locks
Napton Bridge No 110 49 miles and ¾ furlongs 38 locks
Coventry Road Bridge No 109 49 miles and 1¾ furlongs 38 locks
Napton Marina 49 miles and 3¼ furlongs 38 locks
Napton Junction
Junction of Grand Union and Oxford Canals
49 miles and 4¾ furlongs 38 locks
 
 
 
There are no links to external websites from here.
Why not log in and add some from the "add" submenu?
 
 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Oxford Canal

The Oxford Canal is a 78-mile-long (126 km) narrow canal in central England linking Oxford with Coventry via Banbury and Rugby. It connects with the River Thames at Oxford, to the Grand Union Canal at the villages of Braunston and Napton-on-the-Hill, and to the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction in Bedworth just north of Coventry. The canal was once an important artery of trade between the English Midlands and London, and is now highly popular among pleasure boaters.

The Oxford Canal passes mainly through the Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire countryside, and is often considered to be one of the most scenic canals in Britain. North of Napton-on-the-Hill, the canal forms part of the Warwickshire ring.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Oxford Canal
[Sheepwash Channel] [Isis Lock] [Cumberland and Oxford Canal] [Westbrook, Maine] [Banbury Museum] [Walton Well Road] [Coventry Canal] [Enslow] [Thrupp, Oxfordshire]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:04