Weekly Blog No 50 – Oxford Canal 

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On Monday my husband took me to the hospital for my cancer treatment and blood tests. as we were there sometime discussing my current issues with my Net Nurse we had to rush home as there is about a 30 minutes commute to pick up Lottie (Dog) for her grooming appointment. As you can imagine after taking 2 pokes I was not feeling 100%, however I went with him for the fresh air as I seemed to be lacking the quality of outside air at this moment in time. Walking is an obstacle with my spine and GI issues…….all the fun of being a cancer patient.

Lottie attends a grooming shop in a semi rural area called Hillmorton Locks along side the Oxford Canal. This is one of those times when I kick myself for not exploring the area more in the past. It’s roughly a 5 minute drive from where I live now in Rugby and is only a 5 minute walk from where I previously lived. We get so wrapped up in our lives that we seem to dismiss what is right in front of us. Now that I want to explore, I cant due to my GI symptoms. Hopefully Oncology can get on top of everything so that I can reconnoitre.

The Oxford Canal was completed in 1790 and is 78 miles long in Central England. The canal goes through the counties of Oxfordshire, Northampton and Warwickshire, which connects to the River Thames and the Grand Union Canal. The canal was very important for trade between the Midlands and London, however the canal is more about pleasure today

oxford_canal_totalOxford Canal Map

Hillmorton Locks saw improvements in August in 1740 to ease the flow on the canal. By improving the locks there was an increase in traffic and a recorded 20,859 vessels passed through the Hillmorton Locks by 1842.


Hillmorton Locks

Alongside the canal edge is the Canalchef Bistro offering a variety of drinks and food. Inside the Bistro is full of canal memorabilia and history.


Full English Breakfast

The buildings next to the canal are early nineteenth century structures of red brick and slate roofs with architectural details.


Blacksmith Cottage


The bridge that links the canal side buildings and Hillmorton Locks.


If you go under the bridge it leads to the boat yard


Boat Yard


A canal boat heading south.


A canal boat moored at Hillmorton Locks.

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An excellent example of British engineering and should be explored not only for a means of travel around the UK but for a possible holiday experience.


14 thoughts on “Weekly Blog No 50 – Oxford Canal 

  1. storki says:

    Fab post Kat! Love the English canals and this area looks very nice indeed. Hope they get your symptoms under control soon so that you will be able to explore your surroundings!

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  2. Ed says:

    You live in a very cool place. I love England. 🙂 I’m sure you will get there when you feel better. That breakfast would take me a week to recover from but if you put it in front of me I cannot promise that I would not eat it. 😛 We moved from New York to with all of it’s attractions to North Carolina. There’s a lot of trees here. ha ha ha!!!! Not much more. I’m still getting used to it. It’s pretty here though. I guess all of this moving makes our lives “interesting”.

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  3. Jo says:

    I’m eating breakfast as I look at your English brekkie thinking I could use a little meat and, my my, there’s so much of it. Lovely post. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  4. If you go down the canal to Braunston you can have a huge breakfast on a barge. It’s called Gongoozlers. We’ve eaten there a couple of times, not open until very late but worth the trip!

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