The canal was intended to link the Midlands to London with traffic switching to the Thames at Oxford. It did very well initially but went into decline after the opening of the rival Grand Junction Canal which had a more direct route.
However the Northern section remained busy well into the 20th century and carried commercial traffic into the 1960s. Nowadays the Oxford Canal is one of the most popular waterways with pleasure boaters.
|The Oxford city end of the canal, this part of the canal is non-navigable|
|Clifton Wharf, Rugby|
|Hawkesbury Junction where the canal joins the Coventry Canal|