Canoe Days Out

Oxfordshire - Oxford Canal - Lower Heyford to Banbury or Twyford Wharf

This page was submitted by Keith Day (E-mail this submitter)
How to get there - Lower Heyford is about 13 miles north of Oxford (half way to Banbury).

From Oxford take the A4260 north through Kidlington then turn right at the B4030.A little over a mile toy will come to the station. Park after the bridge to unload.

For those with SatNav the postcode is OX25 5PD.

Get a map with driving directions to start or end (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Launch near the road bridge and then park in the station car park (currently free).

General Description - The Oxford Canal was built early in the canal mania period and therefore meanders following the contours with frequent well spaced locks.

If this trip is done as a one way trip to Banbury (12.8 miles, 7 locks) you can return by train (see link) or leave a car in one of the long tern car parks in Banbury for about 3.00 for the day (the "End" map marks the long stay carparks). Alternatively you can camp overnight at Twyford Wharf (10 miles, 6 locks) or simply turn around whenever you want for a shorter trip.

Somerton Deep Lock has a rise of 12 feet. This used to be the deepest on the canal network until road realignment in Bath replaced two locks with one extra deep one.

There is a convenient pub, The Great Western, at Aynho (six miles).


Train Service
Banbury Car Parks
Camping at Twyford Wharf
Great Western Arms, Aynho

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The last trip loaded was Great Haywood to Great Haywood (Circular Route) on the River Trent / Trent & Mersey Canal by Peter Robinson