This circular walk of around 14 miles goes out from Fenny Compton - it's flat for 8 miles then a little hilly in places for the return.
If you don't really believe that the Oxford Canal wanders around a little then this is the walk to do - in one part between
Griffins Bridge and Stoneton Bridge you almost expect it to go underneath itself on an aqueduct - the twist is so huge. This section of the Oxford Canal goes almost entirely through open countryside with just several bridges to look at, only the one canal lock and hardly any buildings around. Much of the grass covered towpath is heavily lined and sometimes taken over by undergrowth which can make walking quite slow especially in The Spring - and also somewhat boggy in places following any rain. It is not a particularly easy
towpath for cycling along.
There is a limited amount of parking by the wharf on the old disused road by the bridge. From Fenny Compton Wharf by the Wharf Inn go down onto the towpath and turn left on the towpath and then immediately going under Bridges 136 and 136A.
Eventually the towpath takes you to the only lock on this walk which is Napton Top Lock - and where you leave the Oxford Canal i.e. this is at Marston Doles. Cross over Marston Doles Bridge and walk up the quiet road for several 100 metres, then take a smaller barely surfaced road on the right. The semblance of road surface disappears by some buildings and the now track goes off sharp left. It eventually arrives at a very sharp right hand
bend at a track/path junction. When last walked there was a load of plastic covered straw bales dumped in front of one path/stile and a huge mound of grey gravel had been dumped on the left hand side in front of another stile/path entrance. Go sharp left walking over the gravel heap (if it is still there) and follow the field with a fence/hedge on the left and then heading toward some