The Oxford Canal starts at Hythe Bridge, minutes from the city center and the train station.
Built over 200 years ago, dug by hand, it flows north of the city, through Banbury and into Coventry.
The canal is 78 miles long and is now managed by the Canal & River Trust.
For some people in the city, including walkers and cyclists, canal walks are popular, but others may not be aware of the various routes available and open to the public.
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Oxford City Council said: ‘A flat path runs through the whole town, becoming a little more rugged from Wolvercote.
“It’s a peaceful place to walk along the water and enjoy nature, watch the river boats and see the city from a different perspective.
“It is easily accessible from downtown, Summertown, Jericho or Wolvercote.
“The path is narrow and although it has become a popular cycle route, it is important to remember to share space, slow down and yield to pedestrians, use lights and your bell to warn others people – especially when approaching low bridges where visibility is poor.
Walkers are also advised to remember that boats are people’s homes, so they should be ‘respectful’, the advice says.
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Popular places to visit on the Oxford Canal include:
Isis Lock: Built in 1797, it marks the point where the Oxford Canal joins the Thames, allowing boats to pass between the two and still in use today.
Trap Grounds Local Wildlife Site: Located along Frenchay Road, the site has been spared development and is now a thriving local wetland reserve, with a level walk exploring the site. There is a small population of protected water voles nearby. Visit the Trap Grounds website.
Wolvercote: The canal towpath connects the village of Wolvercote and a circular route along the Thames Path can be done. There are a set of steep steps from the canal towpath down to road level leading to Wolvercote. It is possible to carry a bike up these steps, but be aware of the challenge.
Duke’s Cut: Three miles (5 km) out of town along the canal, this canal was cut to connect the canal to the Thames. You can still see the brick troughs where the horses that pulled the boats were fed and watered.
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Hand-built over 200 years ago, the Oxford Canal was once one of the country’s most important industrial waterways, a vital connection for trade.
The Oxford Canal Heritage Trail is a good way for residents and visitors to get some exercise while learning more about the history and places of interest along the Oxford Canal towpath. Oxford. I
It follows a route along the towpath from Hythe Bridge Street in the city center to Duke’s Lock on the outskirts of the city. The three mile trail is a good way to get some exercise.
Road signs carry QR codes, which you can scan to listen to an audio guide.
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