Your day afloat from Thrupp can take you North or South, the choice is yours… You are already at one of the prettiest and most classic locations of the South Oxfordshire Canal. Annie’s Tearoom is legendary so you may want to start with tea and cakes before you set off!


Cruising through the tranquil Cherwell Valley you’ll pass through the unusual Thrupp Wide and past the pretty Shipton Church as well as the eerily deserted village of Hampton Gay (Black Death).

Your first lock takes you onto a short section of the River Cherwell. Leaving the river at your second lock leads you to the Rock of Gibraltar which is a pub.

Travelling on to your third lock leads to the lovely Kirtlington Quarry Country Park with canal side moorings. Ideal for picnics and barbecues and for the kids to run around.

Turn here for your return journey..







This is a more suburban route leading towards Oxford but it is just too far to get all the way to the city centre.

After three locks turn at Duke’s Cut Junction for your return trip.¬†Perhaps take a walk and explore the secretive passage that leads to the River Thames (Please note that¬†navigation is not permitted on the River Thames).¬†

On your return you may wish to moor up by the Jolly Boatman pub for a relaxing late lunch before handing the boat back at Thrupp Wharf.