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Review: Oxfordshire Narrow Boats

Cruise - Canal Cruise

United Kingdom

Day to remember in Oxfordshire

  • By SilverTraveller Brandi

    4 reviews

  • October 2016
  • Lower Heyford
  • Family including children under 16
  • Special occasion

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3 Generations of us enjoyed a day cruise from Lower Heyford. There were 8 of us in total (max is 10) ranging from 8 to 66. After some instruction we started off towards Oxford at a leisurely pace. The 2 young boys were keen to work the locks and also had a turn steering under supervision. It was very quiet on the canal and we felt miles away from everything with no sense of where we were.We cooked breakfast onboard in the well equipped galley kitchen. We stopped off at The Rock of Gibraltar pub for a drink and soon turned round to make our way back to Lower Heyford. At times the boys ran alongside us on the towpath picking blackberries.

I would recommend this company to anyone. We had a wonderful fun but relaxing day and will be hiring a boat again soon. As well as day trips one can take a boat for a week or just a weekend.Oxfordshire Narrow Boats

A couple of members of the party need to be fit enough to work the locks but otherwise anybody can enjoy this attraction.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 4 Comment(s)

  • Brandi
    about 3 years ago
    Yes I have been watching that series. All things canals are so interesting!
  • Riversiderouge
    about 3 years ago
    I enjoyed your short review, and it brought back memories of my home town, Banbury, and catching Sticklbacks and Tadpoles in the Oxford Canal in jam jars. I have also been enjoying a Channel 4 TV programme recently of two old actors, Timothy West and his wife, messing about on canals. Did anyone else catch it?
  • Brandi
    about 3 years ago
    I did steer for a while but did not do any turning around. I think as long as you take it slow and steady anyone could do it. We had someone on board who had done it before. We booked about 2 months in advance I believe but not sure if that would have been necessary. I also understand that it is possible to have the locks done for you,
  • ESW
    about 3 years ago
    This sounds great fun and I bet the kids (of all ages) enjoyed it. How easy was the boat to steer?

    Did you have to book up well in advance?