Banbury: at the heart of the South Oxford Canal

  Situated at around 12 hours’ cruising from Oxford, Banbury is the turning point many of our customers aim for during a short break, and an important stop-off point for those spending a week on the Oxford Canal. Banbury is the main town of North Oxfordshire, with a population of around 40,000. It is perhaps most famous for Banbury Cross – located on a roundabout in the middle of the town – which appears in the traditional nursery rhyme… Ride A Cock Horse To Banbury Cross To See a Fine Lady Upon a White Horse With Rings on Her Fingers
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Join Mary Berry on the Oxford Canal

Join national treasure Mary Berry, star of The Great British Bake Off as she enjoys a visit to the Oxford Canal in the latest episode of her new series Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking. As well as messing about on the water, Mary tries her hand at a spot of fishing… for crayfish – with impressive results. LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b070n7j0/mary-berrys-foolproof-cooking-episode-3 Available until 12th March 2016
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We’re featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine!

The February/March 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine features a great article by Tara Isabella Burton about a leisurely trip up the Oxford Canal on Hertford, one of our luxury narrowboats. Entitled Gently Down The Stream, the article chronicles Tara’s delightful week experiencing the flora, fauna, pubs and people of the Oxford Canal, discovering a different pace of life, and encountering “a different, less straitlaced, way of English life.” As Tara so rightly concludes: “On the water there really is no such thing as a waste of time.” Link: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/oxford-canal-river-cruise/ To check availability for Hertford, please click here.
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The South Oxford Canal – a holiday for all seasons

(This article was first published in 2016 and was updated February 2017.) Oxford Canal, February 2016 Our canal boats are available to hire all the year round, and each season on the canal offers a different – but equally wonderful – kind of holiday experience…   Spring on the Oxford Canal The South Oxford Canal offers wonderful holidays all year round; the change in seasons makes for a different kind of holiday. Spring is truly a magical time of year, as the canal-side flora and fauna burst into life. Sheep are lambing, and you will share the water with moorhens, swans,
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“Thank you for a lovely time on the boat”

We love to hear from our customers, so were delighted to receive a note from the Robertson family thanking us for the lovely time they’d had aboard one of our boats a few weeks ago. Just wanted to let you know we had an amazing time last weekend. The children are already planning our next trip with you… Isabella is still talking about her new best friend “Archie”. The Robertson children even included a thank you note of their own (see below)… Got something to tell us about your trip with College Cruisers? Please get in touch.
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Oxford Canal featured on Channel 4 series

  In the first episode of the second series of Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys, broadcast on 15th March, Timothy West and Prunella Scales took a journey on the Oxford Canal through the Cherwell Valley, meeting author Philip Pullman and their son Samuel West on the way. To view clips pleas visit the Great Canal Journeys web page – LINK
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