Whilst we attended the Crick Boat Show, we moored up in Wigrams Turn Marina for a little while. This marina has the benefit of offering three cruising options. Join us as we explore the Oxford Canal by narrowboat.
The Oxford Canal
The Oxford Canal stretches from Oxford to Coventry. It was developed between 1774 and 1790 with the purpose of transporting coal down to the River Thames. The southern section remains mostly untouched – it was built following the contour method and it shows. Of course the benefit of this is that the canal calls at many small towns and required minimal building effort. This translates into lots of blind corners and narrow sections to navigate!
We started our journey from Napton Junction, turning left out of the marina straight onto the South Oxford. We spent a few days moored at the top of the Napton locks so had an opportunity to explore Napton village. After this we moved on to Fenny Compton and Banbury.
After the initial shock of the twists and turns of the canal, we have very much enjoyed the countryside and exploring the towns along the way.