The Oxford Canal between Priors Hardwick and Hay Bridge.

Following along the Oxford Canal Towpath on the 9.5 mile long stretch walking from Priors Hardwick via Fenny Compton Tunnel to Hay Bridge.

This section of the Oxford Canal is just through pure fairly isolated countryside - the towpath varies considerably in ease of use - often a grass/dirt surface it can be very slippery in places after wet weather. The route is very flat and the undergrowth can become quite dense often encroaching onto the towpath. Their are no locks along this stretch of the canal but their are many Brindley Bridges.
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Oxford Canal Bridge 122
Bridge 122
Bridge 122 - Oxford Canal England
Bridge 122
Priors Hardwick Bridge, The Oxford Canal, England.
Priors Hardwick
Bridge 123
Priors Hardwick Bridge
Priors Hardwick Bridge 123
Oxford Canal - Priors Hardwick Bridge
Priors Hardwick
Bridge 123
Spurfoot Bridge on the Oxford Canal England
Spurfoot Bridge 124
Spurfoot Bridge
Spurfoot Bridge 124
Bridge 125 on the Oxford Canal
Bridge 125
Oxford Canal England - Bridge 125
Bridge 125
The Oxford Canal crossed by Bridge 126
Bridge 126
Bridge 126 goes over The Oxford Canal
Bridge 126
Stoneton Bridge 127, The Oxford Canal, England.
Stoneton Bridge 127
Oxford Canal - Stoneton Bridge.
Stoneton Bridge 127
Oxford Canal - Willison's Bridge
Willison's Bridge 128
Willison's Bridge 128, The Oxford Canal, England.
Willison's Bridge 128
Ladder Bridge - Oxford Canal
Ladder Bridge 129

Walking at Wormleighton and the bendy Oxford Canal and it's towpath.

From just after canal bridge 126 right through to Wells Bridge 136 the Oxford Canal makes an amazing sequence of loops even by it's meandering standards. This was because when the Oxford Canal's designer James Brindley reached Wormleighton Hill the influential owners of the Manor were not too keen about the canal and certainly did not want any of the necessary canal locks to cope with going over the hill built anyway near their land. Therefore instead of a fairly direct 1.25 miles run the canal had to be routed right round the hill which increased the distance to around 3.5 miles.
Bridge 129 - Ladder Bridge, The Oxford Canal, England.
Ladder Bridge 129
Knott's Bridge - Oxford Canal
Knott's Bridge 130
Oxford Canal - Knotts Bridge
Knotts Bridge 130
Oxford Canal - Griffins Bridge
Griffins Bridge 131
Griffins Bridge - Oxford Canal in England
Griffins Bridge 131
Old footbridge over the Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal FootBridge
Oxford Canal and Bridge 132
Bridge 132
Bridge 132 on the Oxford Canal
Bridge 132
Wells Bridge number 134, The Oxford Canal, England.
Wells Bridge 134
Bridge 135 - Sherne Hill, The Oxford Canal, England.
Sherne Hill Bridge 135
Sherne Hill Bridge goes over The Oxford Canal.
Sherne Hill Bridge 135
Oxford Canal at Fenny Compton - Bridge 136a
Bridge 136A
Fenny Compton Wharf - Bridge 136a, The Oxford Canal, England.
Bridge 136A
Bridge 136 on the Oxford Canal
Bridge 136
Fenny Compton Wharf - Bridge 136, The Oxford Canal, England.
Bridge 136
Fenny Compton Wharf - The Oxford Canal
Fenny Compton Wharf
Tunnel Bridge 137, The Oxford Canal, England.
Tunnel Bridge 137
The Oxford Canal and Tunnel Bridge 137
Tunnel Bridge 137
Turnover Bridge, The Oxford Canal, England.
Turnover Bridge 137a
Oxford Canal - Turnover Bridge 137a
Turnover Bridge 137a
Oxford Canal Bridge 138
Bridge 138
The cutting which was originally a tunnel at Fenny Compton, The Oxford Canal, England.
Fenny Compton Tunnel Cutting
Brick Kiln used for making the original tunnel at Fenny Compton, The Oxford Canal, England.
Old Brick Kiln
Reservoir Bridge 139, The Oxford Canal, England.
Reservoir Bridge 139

The Oxford Canal and the now extinct Fenny Compton Tunnel.

As the Oxford Canal heads away from Fenny Compton Wharf there is a quite unusual feature for this canal - it actually travels in a straight line for a while. The reason for the canal's such untoward behaviour is because this is where there was originally a 1138 yard long narrow tunnel. The tunnel had a series of iron rings on it's walls which boatmen used to pull the boat along - a laborious slow process. However following the purchase of the land above the tunnel the tops of both ends of it were removed and eventually by the early 1870s the whole tunnel had been converted into what became a really deep cutting. The towpath goes high above the canal for a distance and just a little way along look out for a narrow path which takes you to where an old brick kiln still exists. This was used to make the huge number of bricks required during the construction of the tunnel - the building is still fairly intact however quite covered with brambles and nettles.
Reservoir Bridge 139 goes over The Oxford Canal
Reservoir Bridge.
Boundary Lift-Bridge 141, The Oxford Canal, England.
Boundary Lift-Bridge 141
Boundary Lift Bridge 141 - Oxford Canal in England
Boundary Lift Bridge 141
Feeder Bridge on the Oxford Canal
Feeder Bridge 142
Feeder Bridge 142, The Oxford Canal, England.
Feeder Bridge 142
Hay Bridge crosses The Oxford Canal
Hay Bridge 143
Hay Bridge 143, The Oxford Canal in England.
Hay Bridge 143
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