Boat Decorations, Oxford Canal

Boats, bridges and birds (and other things not beginning with ‘B’!)

Yep, you guessed it! Our next photo walk – on 18 September, starting at 2pm – has something to to with waterways, and more specifically the Oxford Canal and Port Meadow.

Did you know?

The Oxford Canal was opened in 1774, making it one of the oldest canals. In the early days it was mainly used for transporting coal from Coventry down to Oxford and along the River Thames, but it quickly became a very important and profitable trade route, linking the Midlands with London. Nowadays it offers pleasure-boaters and walkers a blissful route, meandering through beautiful countryside and many pretty villages such as Thrupp, Cropredy and Aynho.

Now, don’t let that scare you – we will not be walking the whole 77 miles along the towpath from Oxford to Hawkesbury! Rather, our next photo walk will take in a much smaller section of the canal. In fact, we won’t even leave Oxford! 😉

What You’ll see

The Oxford Canal is a busy one. It’s home to many houseboats (some beautifully decorated, others not so much), as well as a whole host of wildlife. I’m told that you might even be lucky enough to see an endangered water vole or two! Here’s hoping!

Photo Walk Contest Theme

The theme this time is (rather obviously) ‘Waterside Life’. So, if you enjoy taking photos of wildlife, people, boats, or even the intricacies of canal lock mechanisms, you’re bound to find something of interest on this photo walk.

As ever, the photo contest is entirely optional. Everyone is welcome, no matter what sort of camera you have, or how experienced/trained a photographer you are. The most important thing is that you enjoy taking photos your way.

Sound like fun?

Then we’d love you to join us! 🙂 Full details (including how to register your place and where we’ll meet etc) will be posted on our walk page in due course. Tickets are limited and will be made available a week before the event. So be sure to keep your eye out, and be ready to grab your ticket when registration opens.

See you there!


P.S. If you haven’t already done so, please join our Facebook group. That way you can keep up to speed on everything that’s going on, and you won’t miss a walk announcement.


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