Banbury Town and Canal Walk

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A short walk in Banbury, famous for its Nursery Rhyme and Cross the world over, and its canal that brought great wealth to the town in the 18th century. The route starts from the Spiceball Centre car park and takes the canal-side where much development has taken place. Tooley's historic boatyard still operates here, flanked by modern buildings, but retaining much of its traditional past, and marked for ever in L.T.C. Rolt's wonderful book, "Narrow Boat" as the starting place for his epic cruise of England's waterways in 1939. Banbury Lock, unrecognisable from its working boat days, takes vast numbers of leisure boats, and it is from here that a walk into the town reveals some of the historic buildings that remain, and the famous Banbury Cross in the Horsefair, now enhanced by a beautiful statue of the Fine Lady on a White Horse bearing the well known nursery rhyme, just yards away. The walk rejoins the canal for a peaceful section north of the town to Hardwick Lock, then returns via the green and pleasant Spiceball Country Park.

England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Town or city


Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife

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