The Oxford Canal - Claydon Locks to Cropedy Section.

Their are two sets of nice sets of canal locks on this 5 mile stretch of The Oxford Canal - Claydon Locks and Cropedy Locks.

General thoughts on walking the canal in this area and down to Banbury. The walk along the Oxford Canal towpath between Fenny Compton and Banbury was achieved by parking at Banbury Railway station and getting a taxi up to Fenny Compton Wharf and then walking back (around 10 miles). This meant we had plenty of time to divert and look around both Copredy and Claydon as well as spending time enjoying the many canal locks along the way. This stretch of the Oxford Canal is really scenic - loads of things to look at apart from the many locks and bridges. The River Cherwell accompanies the canal at various times but is quite hard to see it at times due to the masses of foliage around. Several disused railway lines are evident and you can go and admire the lovely brickwork and arches from several semi-demolished bridges. They knew about design in those days especially when compared to the ugly concrete messes called bridges which are used by the M40 to cross (and therefore disfigure) the Oxford Canal.
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Claydon Top Bridge - Oxford Canal
Claydon Top Bridge 144
Claydon Top Bridge 144, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Top Bridge 144
Claydon Top Lock 17, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Top Lock 17
The Oxford Canal and Claydon Top Lock
Claydon TopLock 17
Oxford Canal - Claydon Top Lock 17
Claydon Top Lock 17
Claydon Lock 18 lockgates, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Lock 18
Claydon Lock 18, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Lock 18
Claydon Middle Lock 19, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Middle Lock 19
Claydon Middle Lock - Oxford Canal
Claydon Middle Lock 19
Claydon Middle Bridge 145, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Middle Bridge 145
Oxford Canal - Claydon Middle Bridge 145
Claydon Middle
Bridge 145
Claydon Lock 20, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Lock 20
Canal Lock Flights - Claydon Lock 20, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Lock 20
Claydon Bottom Lock, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Bottom Lock 21
Claydon Bottom Lock 21
Claydon
Bottom Lock 21
Claydon Bottom Bridge 146, The Oxford Canal, England.
Claydon Bottom
Bridge 146
Oxford Canal - Claydon Bottom Bridge 146
Claydon Bottom
Bridge 146
Oxford Canal Bridge 147
Bridge 147
Oxford Canal Bridge 147 - England
Bridge 147
Elkingtons Lock 22, The Oxford Canal, England.
Elkingtons Lock 22
Elkingtons Bridge 148, The Oxford Canal, England.
Elkingtons Bridge 148
Elkington's Bridge, The Oxford Canal, England.
Elkingtons Bridge 148
Varneys Bridge 149, The Oxford Canal, England.
Varneys Bridge 149
Varneys Bridge 149 - Oxford Canal
Varneys Bridge 149
Varneys Lock 23, The Oxford Canal, England.
Varneys Lock 23
Varneys Lock nbr 23
Varneys Lock 23
Broadmoor Lock 24, The Oxford Canal, England.
Broadmoor Lock 24
Broadmoor Bridge 150, The Oxford Canal, England.
Broadmoor Bridge 150
Broadmoor Bridge 150 - Oxford Canal
Broadmoor Bridge 150
Possible ruins of Liftbridge 151, The Oxford Canal, England.
Possibe ruins of
liftbridge 151
Oxford Canal possible ruins of Liftbridge 151
Extinct liftbridge 151?
Cropedy Lock 25, The Oxford Canal, England.
Cropedy Lock 25
Oxford Canal - Cropedy Lock

The Oxford Canal and it's Canal Wharfs - Cropedy Lock and Wharf.


As the Canals in England were being constructed and then opened for business any nearbye village or small town would - usually at their own expense - have a small wharf installed so they could get involved in the newly created trade opportunies. These canal wharfs were often just simple stone or brick walls built alongside the towpath and allowed the boats to load and unload their goods. They were normally constructed close to where an existing track met the canal. Some of these wharfs ended up being quite busy - for instance durng the 1790s several thousand tons of coal were unloaded at Cropedy Wharf each year. There also used to be a Toll House alongside Cropedy Wharf - charges were estimated by measuring the heights of the barges above the waterline and using a gauging rod to calculate the weight of the cargo.
Cropedy Lock Bridge 152, The Oxford Canal, England.
Cropedy Lock
Bridge 152
Oxford Canal - Cropedy Lock Bridge 152
Cropedy Lock
Bridge 152
Cropedy Wharf Bridge crosses the Oxford Canal.
Cropedy Wharf Bridge 153
Cropedy Wharf Bridge 153, The Oxford Canal, England.
Cropedy Wharf Bridge 153
Cropedy Mill Bridge 154 - Oxford Canal in England
Cropedy Mill Bridge 154
Cropedy Mill Bridge 154, The Oxford Canal, England.
Cropedy Mill Bridge 154
Keens Bridge 155, The Oxford Canal, England.
Keens Bridge 155
Keens Bridge 155 goes over the Oxford Canal.
Keens Bridge 155
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