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Paddling Oxford City Tour

Explore Oxford's Spires on the beautiful River Cherwell with history of this iconic university city with narrow backwaters, university buildings on a gentle meander down the river and out onto the River Thames

If you are not able to book this trip then it is at full capacity. Please do contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list or have  group of friends, family or workmates that you wish to book on and we can look at booking a bespoke trip for your group. We run this ever popular trip several times a year.

Dates & Requirements

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We welcome all abilities, you just need to choose between paddling kayak, SUP or canoe.

If you have a group of friends or  club then why not contact us to arrange a private booking.

Trip Description

Visit one of Britains most visited world class destinations with ancicent stone university arches,  buildings and architecture to capture your imagination and heart.  Its a truly breath taking paddling trip, choose from kayak, canoe or SUP to paddle through the city.

Explore Oxford’s winding network of narrow waterways, historic buildings and the chance to spy a spire or two make this short but delightful paddle a favourite with our team and customers. The start point is on the outskirts of rural life at Cutteslowe and flows gently downstream into the city centre and then finishes on the River Thames. At almost every corner there is a folly, university hall, left turn, right turn, bridges and punts to capture your imagination. You pass by New College and St Catherine’s College on your magical mystery tour with beautiful Mesopotamia Walkway, separating the two channels, which widens on to a small island at Magdalen Fellows College Garden.  On one bend on the meandering river channel is Tolkein's tree symbolizing his contribution to the world of literary adventure with Lord of the Rings and the shire.Make a short break of it by booking this Canoe Trail paddling trip along with an overnight stay to visit some of the museums and buildings of the city on the next day.  Visit the Pitts River Museum dedicated to the great age of exploration. We finish on the River Thames with views of this major arterial river of Britain.

  • Choice of canoe, kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board(SUP)
  • Expert tuition from professional experienced guides who have run expeditions and adventures all over the world
  • Hire of drysuits is available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Craft, BA’s, Cags, Trousers, Helmets, Drybags, Paddles, and safety equipment
What you will need to bring
  • Personal Kit
  • A Sense of Humour!

Note: Itinerary subject to change at any time if deemed necessary by Canoe Trail


Ashley Kenlock

Ash has led expeditions in Canada, Scotland, and some of the other coldest places the world can still offer moving water!

She is is a qualified Level 2 coach UKCC and is also a qualified SUP coach and has over 10 years of paddling experience. She has also completed her canoe leader training.

Experience includes leading trips on iconic rivers and Lochs including Loch Ness, River Wye, Norfolk Broads, and numerous Scottish Rivers.

Calum Steel

Calum is a White Water Kayak Leader, Canoe Leader, and Expedition Leader with 14 Years of Experience in the Outdoors.

He has paddled all over the world, running waterfalls, long distance big-wave sea kayaking, and some of the most dangerous white water in the northern hemisphere.

BASI Level 3 Ski & Snowboard. Scottish born and bred, he has led many canoe and kayak expeditions across Scotland, Greece, and Europe.

Richard Harpham

Richard has completed human-powered adventures all over the world including sea kayaking the channel, 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska, canoeing the Yukon River as well as many iconic trips and expeditions closer to home.

Richard has over 30 years experience of in paddling and is a UKCC Level 2 coach, 4-star canoe leader, and has completed his 4-star sea kayak training.


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