The Llangollen Walk

The Pontyscyttle aqueduct which carries the Llangollen canal & towpath 1000 feet over the River Dee 120 feet below in a narrow iron trough and is both the longest & highest navigable aqueduct in the world.

Kennet & Avon Walk

The lady's pool is a particularly broad stretch of the Kennet and Avon canal designed to look like a lake and forms part of our Kennet and Avon Walk.

Lancaster Canal

The partially restored Lancaster follows an interesting route into the Lake District & passes close to the sea as it provides excellent views of the Cumbrian hills.

Oxford to Leamington Spa

From Oxford's dreaming spires to the elegance of Leamington Spa

Following the Oxford and Grand Union canals from the beautiful city of Oxford to the wonderful setting of Leamington Spa the route follows a particularly meandering route along the Cherwell valley and through beautiful countryside.

The route can be followed in either direction.  From Oxford it heads north from the heart of the city following the Oxford canal.  It passes the two links to the river Thames before closely following the Cherwell valley on a three day journey via pretty golden stone Oxfordshire villages to the fine town of Banbury.  For a short section the canal and river join together and for the majority of the route they run side by side. 


The Oxford canal was built as a contour canal - following the contours of the land to minimise costly locks and tunnels.  Consequently it closely follows the river giving it a river like feel of its own.  Near Kings Sutton the canal and river cross, but instead of an aqueduct the river just flows into the canal and out of the other side.


North of Banbury the canal reaches Cropredy a pretty village and the home of Fairport Convention before you encounter some spectacular meanders in the route which means you travel 3 miles to cover 1 mile as the crow flies!


At Napton you leave the Oxford canal and join the Grand Union to travel to the neighbouring historic towns of Leamington Spa and Warwick.  Leamington is an elegant riverside spa town with excellent shopping and beautiful architecture, while Warwick is a historical town with a fine castle sitting high above the River Avon.



Walk Options

6 nights/5 days walking.  Oxford to Leamington Spa via Banbury

600 per person.  Single supplement 40 per night.

55 miles

‘Rest and Exploration Days’

Oxford provides an ideal base to spend an extra day exploring the history of this fine town.  Alternativeley why not break your  the neighbouring towns of Leamington Spa and Warwick which offer a good mix of history, shopping and relaxation.

Each additional night £70