The Oxford Canal - Hawkesbury Junction to Stretton Road Bridge - with photos.

Following The Oxford Canal as it heads south from the start at Hawkesbury Junction as far as Stretton - around a 7.5 mile towpath walk.

The start of the Oxford Canal is at Hawkesbury Junction (also commonly known as Sutton Stop) and where the canal connects with the slightly older Coventry Canal. The Stop Lock exists because the Coventry Canal is around 7 inches lower than the Oxford Canal - so it was necessary to prevent loss of water between the two canals. Their is still a (now disused) Engine Pump House situated at the Junction.
The towpath is typical of much of the Oxford Canal's route i.e. fairly narrow and with a grassy/dirt surface - but is in good condition for walking on this section. We cannot find any actual bridge numbers for the first 3 bridges at the start of the canal at Hawkesbury and assumed therefore that the numbers we have given are probably correct since they are logical. We have also assumed the Wyken Arm Bridge is bridge number 6.
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The old engine house at Hawkesbury Junction, The Oxford Canal (England).
The Old Engine House at Hawkesbury Junction
Hawkesbury Junction Bridge 1, The Oxford Canal (England).
Hawkesbury Junction
Bridge 1
Oxford Canal - Hawkesbury Junction Bridge 1
Oxford Canal Hawkesbury Junction Bridge 1
Oxford Canal at Hawkesbury Junction - Sutton Stoplock 1
Hawkesbury Junction Sutton Stoplock 1
Hawkesbury Junction - Stoplock 1, The Oxford Canal (England).
Hawkesbury Junction - Stoplock 1
Hawkesbury StopLock Bridge 2, The Oxford Canal (England).
Stop Lock Bridge 2
Oxford Canal Bridge 3
Oxford Canal Bridge 3
Tusse's Bridge 4, The Oxford Canal (England).
Tusse's Bridge 4
Oxford Canal - Tusse's Bridge 4
Tusse's Bridge 4
Whitings Bridge 5, The Oxford Canal (England).
Whitings Bridge 5
Oxford Canal Whitings Bridge 5
Whitings Bridge 5
Oxford Canal, Wyken_Arm possible number Bridge 6?
Wyken Arm - Bridge 6?
Sowe Common Bridge 7, Oxford Canal England
Sowe Common Bridge 7
Stone Bridge 9, The Oxford Canal (England).
Stone Bridge 9
Oxford Canal - Stone Bridge 9
Stone Bridge 9
Carters Bridge 11, The Oxford Canal (England).
Carters Bridge 11
Oxford Canal England - Carters Bridge 11
Carters Bridge 11
Noon Hill Bridge 13, The Oxford Canal (England).
NoonHill Bridge 13
Noon Hill Bridge 13, Oxford Canal, England
Noon Hill Bridge 13
Oxford Canal - M69 Motorway Bridge
M69 Motorway Bridge
Ansty Village Bridge 14, The Oxford Canal (England).
Ansty Village Bridge 14
Oxford Canal - Ansty Village Bridge 14
Ansty Village
Bridge 14
Canal Bridge 15, The Oxford Canal (England).
Bridge 15
Oxford Canal - Bridge 15
Bridge 15
Oxford Canal Bridge 16
Bridge 16
Bridge 16, The Oxford Canal (England).
Bridge 16
Oxford Canal Bridges - 17 Squires Bridge
Squires Bridge 17
Squires Bridge 17, The Oxford Canal (England).
Squires Bridge 17

The Oxford Canal's original route may have changed around Bridge 18 and Hopsford Aqueduct.

It seems possible that where the Oxford Canal goes over Bridge 18 this may well have been the path of the original canal - it is now used to link various parts of a golf course and is fenced off from the canal itself. Similarly at Hopsford Aqueduct 20 again it may have been the path of the old route - in any case it's well worth a walk down the bank to take a look at this bridge and also the excellent arches and brickwork on the adjacent still in use railway bridge.
Oxford Canal Bridge 18
Bridge 18
Holly Hill Bridge 19, The Oxford Canal (England).
Holly Hill Bridge 19
Oxford Canal England - Holly Hill Bridge 19
Holly Hill Bridge 19
Hopsford Aqueduct 20, The Oxford Canal (England).
Hopsford Aqueduct 20
Hopsford Aqueduct 20 - Oxford Canal
Hopsford Aqueduct 20
Nettle Hill Bridge 24, The Oxford Canal (England).
Nettle Hill Bridge 24
M6 Motorway Bridge over the Oxford Canal
M6 Motorway Bridge
Grimes Bridge 26 - Oxford Canal
Grimes Bridge 26
Grimes Bridge 26, The Oxford Canal (England).
Grimes Bridge 26
Johnsons Bridge 27
Johnsons Bridge 27
Oxford Canal Bridges - Johnsons Bridge 27
Johnsons Bridge 27
Smeaton Lane Aqueduct 28, The Oxford Canal (England).
Smeaton Lane Aqueduct 28
Swing footbridge (29?) at Stretton Wharf, The Oxford Canal (England).
Swing footbridge (29?) at Stretton Wharf
Stretton Road Bridge 30, The Oxford Canal (England).
Stretton Road
Bridge 30
Oxford Canal - Stretton Road Bridge 30
Stretton Road Bridge 30
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