Thames Circular Cruise The Thames cruise is probably the most
exciting and rewarding of all circuits incorporating every aspect of the Inland Waterways.
Wide locks up the Grand Union Canal and
long tunnels at Blisworth and Braunston. The narrow locks and meandering South Oxford Canal contrast with the width and grandeur of the River Thames.
Oxford Canal The canal rises up the hill at Napton with
views of the village and windmill before meandering 11 miles across the summit through Fenny Compton giving some breathtaking views of the Warwickshire countryside.
The canal passes right through the centre
of the picturesque market town of Banbury before following the Cherwell Valley down to the River Thames at Oxford.
The lift bridges, narrow locks and stone
walled villages will make it a journey to remember.
Lower Thames There are two ways of joining the Thames
from the Oxford Canal; either by the Duke’s Cut above King's Lock or at Isis near the city centre.
Oxford's historic buildings and the wide
river with its rowing clubs make a sharp contrast to the canal.
The locks are manned and shared with
river and seagoing craft, so sit back and enjoy travelling through the front garden of England and ending up at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.
Stop at Hampton Court's own moorings to
visit the house and possibly lose the kids in the maze!
There is a short tidal section between
Teddington Lock and the Grand Union at Brentford which may only be navigated at high tide.
Upper Thames In three weeks the Upper Thames from
Oxford to Lechlade may be included. Here the river meanders to the extreme and on occasions boats are seen astern that you have not yet met.
Lechlade, set in the flood plane with its
high church steeple, is a rewarding sight and marks the upper limit of navigation to the Thames.
If time, the River Wey from Weybridge to
Godalming may be visited or a theatre evening at Oxford.
12 Lechlade Wallingford Cowlwy Cowley
Reading Weybridge Guildford Slough Windsor
Kingston upon Thames
King's Lock Newbridge Abingdon Oxford Banbury Aynho Lower Heyford Linslade
Milton Keynes Fenny Stratford
Regents Fenny Compton Rugby Braunston Napton Norton Weedon Gayton Stoke Bruerne
Thames Licence The River Thames is controlled by the
Environment Agency and therefore the British Waterways Licence is not valid. A fifteen day licence for the River Thames can be obtained at both Oxford and Teddington.
Tidal Thames The Thames is tidal below Teddington. The
Grand Union Canal is entered at Brentford. Our boats are not allowed to cruise through the centre of London between Brentford and Limehouse.
Hours Cruising. Total for Thames circle: 110 hours. Banbury and return: 35 hours each way. Oxford and return: 45 hours each way. Oxford to Lechlade and return to Oxford: 24 hours.
This cruise takes a minimum of two weeks - to make time for sight-seeing we recommend an extra 3 or 4 days.
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