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Oxford Water Walks

Historical & Literary Walks & Talks, and Books by Oxford Towpath Press

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Most of my WALKS are for pre-booked tours (starting at £60 inclusive for up to 20/24 people). However, if you as an individual, or as part of a small group, would like to arrange a walk, do please still feel free to get in touch at oxfordtowpathpress@gmail.com Or, for £30 for up to five people (lasting 90 minutes or so), you can suit yourself as to start time time and exact route.

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Jericho, the Canal, and St Barnabas Church TALK

Sunday 9 February: 4pm. Free


The stimulus for the creation of Jericho, Oxford’s first planned suburb, was the opening of the new Oxford University Press buildings  in 1828. The pre-existing Oxford Canal marked Jericho’s western extent, and the waterway has had an intimate influence on the residents ever since. In response to the expanding population, St Barnabas Church was opened in 1869, through the generosity of individuals with both OUP and canal associations.


Oxford Canal Pubs WALK and TALK

Tuesday 25 February: 5.30 to 7pm – £10+ including a drink


An insight into the historical connections between the Oxford Canal and some nearby city-centre pubs. This twilight walk and talk will start at the Lighthouse and finish in the cosy Study in the Oxford Retreat with a drink and time to warm up.

The walk will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a talk of similar duration in the Study of the Oxford Retreat, with additional time for questions. At the Retreat, your ticket can be exchanged for a drink (bottled beer, house wine or soft drink).

You must be over 18 to attend this tour.

On a previous occasion, particpants said:

“Great to walk and see history in situ.”

“Very knowledgeable speaker, nice walk around and good venue for the talk and slides.”

“Informative and outside, went to parts of Oxford not visited before.”


“Tom, Nick and Barney” WALK

Sunday 26 April:  4 – 5.30pm. £5 (please register your interest in advance)


A literary and historical walk from St Thomas the Martyr Church through the parish of Oxford’s former working boat families, alongside river and canal, passing significant railway, church and canal locations, to end at St Barnabas in Jericho, rich in literary associations and religious significance. Tea and coffee will be available at the end of the walk, at approximately 5.30pm.







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