Oxford Canal Towpath Walks in England.

The following two walks along the canal were done as part of walking the whole of the Oxford Canal. There is obviously nothing complicated from the point of view of getting lost since you just remain on the towpath all the time - the countryside is really beautiful to go through..

Rugby to Brinklow - a there and back canal towpath walk in England.

To do this part we parked by the Oxford Canal at Grimes Bridge (on the outskirts of Brinklow) where there is a limited amount of free parking available - if we had walked it from Rugby we would have had an expensive car parking bill for a start. Therefore this time we actually walked the canal in reverse i.e. Brinklow to Rugby's Bridge 59 and back - a total of 16 miles. The towpath is in really good condition most of the way with just short parts having some overgrown sections and these are not anything like as bad as can be found for instance around parts of the canal in the Braunston area.
Oxford Canal quiet stretch and no brambles - Oxford Canal The Oxford Canal near Rugby straight for once - the Oxford Canal

There is lot's to see along the canal - including several old iron canal bridges which have been restored - these leading into various arms. The railway line accompanies the canal for quite a while and the bridges are really nice to look at - also several dis-used railway lines once crossed the canal and several of the bridges or their remains can be seen. You have to go through Newbold Tunnel with it's spooky lights and then when you reach the aqueduct at Bridge 54 you can walk down the bank and go under the bridge and admire the brickwork etc. - you cannot do this at Bridge 55 very easily as there is no path and the embankment is very steep.

 

Brinklow to Hawkesbury Junction Oxford Canal towpath walk going via Ansty - there and back walk in England.

The complete lack of public transport around here means that it is necessary to walk this section of the Oxford Canal both way - there are no buses or trains and prohibitive costs to use a taxi means that this is not a realistic option either. Nevertheless the walk along the towpath is really enjoyable with lots to look at - especially the bits where the old railway lines and also where the original Oxford Canal route criss crosses the present canal.
A possible starting point for this walk along the Oxford Canal is from Grimes Bridge which is only a little way out of Brinklow - there is a small parking area just by the bridge. The railway accompanies the Oxford Canal for a while before disappearing off as the canal does one of it's regular bending sequences near Ansty. Of particular note just after Bridge 24 there is the large arched bridge of the still used railway line.
Brinklow to Hawkesbury stretch of the Oxford Canal The Oxford Canal near Hawkesbury Sutton Stop on the Oxford/Coventry canal at Hawkesbury Braunston Canal walk
On the left of the towpath you can see the brickwork from a bridge - walk down the bank and there is canal bridge 20 - really interesting. Hawkesbury Junction has the last or first lock on the Oxford Canal and is where it meets the Coventry Canal - this is also known as Sutton StopLock. There are a couple of bench seats in the area as well as several public houses as well as an old restored engine house.
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