Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
Download your free local map
Worcester Sreet Car Park, Oxford, OX1 2BQ
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Towpath is open every day
Once you're parked, it won't const you a thing
There are toilets at the car park just off Worcester Street
Passing through the lovely countryside of Oxfordshire the Oxford Canal is one of the most scenic waterways and the best place to start your journey is right in the city centre.
You'll be forgiven for not realising the waterway is a canal. It has a rural feel through Worcester College gardens, and with Castle Mill Stream and the Rivier Thames flowing nearby, the area is awash with waterways.
Take the towpath a short walk to the Trap Grounds Town Green and Local Wildlife Site. It's a rare remnant of wild open space along the Oxford Canal between the city centre and the northern suburbs. In 1995 volunteers cleared the ground creating a haven for wildlife. The entrance is on the towpath immediately south of the Frenchay Road canal bridge.
Oxford mural project
Several art murals have appears along the canal through Oxford - find out more about our project
Take to the towpath:
Places to eat:
The Oxford Canal is a lovely tranquil haven right in the centre of the city, perfect for feeding the ducks. But walk up to the Trap Grounds Town Green and Local Wildlife Site, designated as a 'town green' where people can enjoy watching birds and picking blackberries. It has eight acres of reed beds, ponds, woodland and meadows are is now home to dragonflies, bats, butterflies, lizards and grass snakes, reed warblers, kingfishers and much more.
By car - there is a car park just off Worcester Street
By train - Oxford Station is just a five minute walk to the canal towpath
By boat - download our free copy of visitor moorings and services in Oxford
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit