Oxford Canal

The Oxford Canal is probably the UK’s most delightful boating holiday route, meandering southwards from the outskirts of Coventry down to our own dreaming spires of Oxford. 

The canal was originally built to transport coal from the Midlands to the South of England and was, for a time, one of the country’s most important waterways. These days it is primarily used by leisure boaters and holidaymakers.

Renting one of our boats is an ideal way to escape the urban sprawl and enjoy enticing landscapes of soft gentle pastureland, passing by antique Cotswold villages. Better still, why not moor your boat and explore the villages and numerous country pubs along the way (most provide freshly cooked local produce and delicious real ales to help you on your way). Or moor up in Oxford itself and use your boat as a base to explore this wonderful, historic city.

A short break boating holiday takes you from Oxford to Aynho or Banbury and back – depending on how energetic you feel. Half of our boats are available for short breaks as we feel that this is a very good way to (literally) test the water!

A one week boating cruise takes you to Napton and back on the canal (cruising through the newly built town centre of Banbury and the super little village of Cropredy).


Oxford is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. It is a small city, and the attractions of the University, historic buildings and places of interest are within easy walking distance of the centre.

College Cruisers narrowboats are an ideal base to visit Oxford’s many attractions whilst enjoying comfortable canal boat holiday hire accommodation.


Oxford to Banbury

Head North out of Oxford and into the country, through picturesque villages with lovely country pubs, towards the market town of Banbury with its museum and canal-side shopping facilities.


Banbury to Napton

For those of you continuing your journey, the route carries on North along the Cherwell Valley through Cropredy (home of a legendary folk music festival) and on to Napton where the South Oxford Canal ends – approximately another 12 hours’ cruising.


Any questions?

Call us on 01865 554343 (+44 18 65 55 43 43 from outside the UK). We’re happy to help!