Canoe Days Out

Oxfordshire - River Thames - Bablock Hythe to Shifford Lock (& return)

This page was submitted by Keith Day (E-mail this submitter)
How to get there - Bablock Hythe is about 10 miles west of Oxford. From the A34 (western by-pass) take the A420 westbound at Botley. At Cumnor take the B4017 northwest through the village then turn left into Appleton Road. After about a mile turn right , through Eaton,and follow this road/lane until the end.The launch site is on the east bank of the river opposite the Ferryman Inn

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Suggested Launch Site - The Launch site is on the east bank of the river opposite the Ferryman Inn. There is limited parking.

General Description - Set of southwest. Northmore lock is in about a mile and a half. All Thames locks are manned. The lock keepers are generally happy to allow canoes to use the lock, avoiding the need for portaging. Newbridge is a further two miles where you will find the Maybush Inn on one side and the Rose Revived on the other.

A further two miles will take you to Shifford Lock where we turned round to return to the start.

the trip is 12 miles with two locks (but no portaging!)

The photo of the launch site at Bablock Hythe East is by kind permision of

Comments on this trip

08 Aug 2011
I have just heard a report of a friend leaving his car hat Bablock Hythe (east bank) overnight and coming back to find it torched. Wherever you park your car please be aware of such risks.


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