This route can be wet due to passing through the River Cherwell floodplain and is best enjoyed between May and October - and not after extended periods of heavy rain.
This route may not be suitable if you have large dogs as there are a number of stiles north of White Bridge towards Hampton Gay that may be challenging to lift a dog over (landowners do not have to provide access for dogs).
St Mary's Church in Kidlington is one of the finest churches in the county and is the starting point for this walk, which passes the ruins of the manor house at Hampton Gay, with views across the floodplain towards Kidlington spire. The route visits the tiny hamlet of Thrupp and travels past narrowboats along the banks of the Oxford Canal to Annie's Tea Room.
Many species of bird have been spotted on this walk, including kingfishers along the banks of the River Cherwell.
|Length on road/village lane (not on Public Rights of Way)||1%|
|Dogs||Allowed under close control, on leads where livestock present. Note that this route may not be suitable if you have large dogs as there are stiles north of White Bridge towards Hampton Gay that may be challenging to lift a dog over.|
|Access for people in wheelchairs/pushchairs||No, there are a number of stiles along the route.|
|Information||Kidlington Information Centre
For more information on the Oxford Canal contact https://canalrivertrust.org.uk
|Public transport||For transport information see the Traveline website|
|Refreshments||Annie's Tea Room is right on the walk at Thrupp www.anniestearoom.co.uk There are two pubs on the route - the Boat at Thrupp www.theboatinnthrupp.co.uk and the Jolly Boatman www.jollyboatman.com on the Oxford Road, just south of Thrupp. There is also a wide range of facilities in Kidlington.|
|Public amenities||Car parking is behind St Mary's Church in Kidlington.|
Download a map and points of interest
The leaflet includes an easy-to-follow map, comprehensive written directions and points of local historical interest. You can download it for free. You can also see the routes of the walks on our interactive countryside access map of the county.
- Kidlington walk map and directions(.pdf format, 469 Kb)
- Kidlington walk points of interest (.pdf format, 373 Kb)
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