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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
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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
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Canal Yard, Canal Road, Thrupp, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1JZ
For customers of the local pub/café, plus a toilet is available for boaters at the boaters' station.
Thrupp is a pretty canalside village just north of Kidlington on the Oxford Canal. From here the canal closely follows the line of the Cherwell Valley. Rose covered terrace houses line the towpath along this stretch of the Oxford Canal - part of the Oxford Canal Walk.
Afternoon tea, canoe hire, cycling, walking, photo opportunities
Visit the pretty canalside hamlet of Thrupp.
While you're here why not take to the water on a caneo or kayak thanks to the local hire company - for details see their website: www.tckh.co.uk
You're also a short drive to the historic Oxford village of Woodstock and of course, Blenheim Palace.
You're bound to see some narrowboats all year round and the local canoe and kayak centre is always busy.
The Boat Inn is a great pub
Annie's Tearooms is good for cake & coffee
Canal side rural pub and restaurant
There are tables around Annie's Tearoom for a picnic or along the embankment.
Part of the longer Oxford Canal Walk
There are a number of walkers' website that provide GPS and other details for the route
You may see:
A super stretch of idyllic canal where you'll see plenty of water birds
Free parking is available behind Annie's cafe
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