Oxford Canal (Duke's Cut)
The Oxford Canal (Duke's Cut) is a narrow canal and is part of the Oxford Canal (Southern Section). It runs for 6½ furlongs through 1 lock from Wolvercote Junction (where it joins the Oxford Canal (Southern Section - Main Line)) to Duke's Cut Junction (where it joins the River Thames (above Oxford)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 7 feet. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 5 inches.The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Travels:
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 1 - Grand Union, Oxford & the South East
- Pearson's Canal Companions: Oxford & Grand Union; Upper Thames
Relevant publications — Waterway Histories:
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Junction of Duke's Cut with Oxford Canal
|Wolvercote Junction Bridge No 232||a few yards||0 locks|
|Dukes Cut Railway Bridge||¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Dukes Cut Lock
Railway Bridge over lock
|¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Northern Bypass Bridge||¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Bypass Reservoir Junction
Southern arm to to weir
|2 furlongs||1 lock|
|King's Lock Weir Entrance
Channel leading to the Weir - No Access
|5½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Duke's Cut Junction
Junction of the River Thames with Duke's Cut (access to the Oxford Canal)
|6½ furlongs||1 lock|
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The Oxford Canal is a 78-mile (126 km) narrow canal in central England linking Oxford with Bedworth (between Coventry and Nuneaton on the Coventry Canal) via Banbury and Rugby. Completed in 1790, it connects to the River Thames at Oxford and is integrated with the Grand Union Canal — combined for 5 miles close to the villages of Braunston and Napton-on-the-Hill, a canal which soon after construction superseded much of its traffic.
The canal was for approximately 15 years the main canal artery of trade between the Midlands and London; it retained importance in its local county economies and that of Berkshire. Today the canal is frequently used in weekend and holiday narrowboat pleasure boating.
The Oxford Canal traverses Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and east Warwickshire through broad, shallow valleys and lightly rolling hills; resembling the bulk of the Grand Union Canal and its branches, much of the landscape is similar to the Llangollen and Lancaster canals. It has frequent wharfs and public houses, particularly if including the parts of the Grand Union Canal immediately adjoining. North of about a third of its distance, namely from Napton, the canal travelling northeast then northwest forms part of the Warwickshire ring. In its south extreme it forms a waterways circuit within Oxford known as the Four Rivers.