City of streams and spires

Route type: Circular and Linear Walks

The Royal Geographical Society  created this self-guided geographical walk to explore Oxford’s fascinating network of waterways. Oxford is built on a series of islands and this walk is an opportunity to explore an intricate network of waterways that are often overlooked by visitors to the city. Discover mill streams and flood meadows, walk along an industrial canal and a working river, watch leisure boating and competitive rowing. Look for evidence in the names of neighbourhoods, streets, bridges and pubs giving clues to the watery history of this city.Discover why convicts from Oxford’s prison built many of Oxford’s canal, locks and other structures. Find out how the river was part of Oxford’s Town and Gown division. See which parts of Oxford’s rivers featured in works of literature including Alice in Wonderland, the adventures of Tom Brown and Three Men in a Boat.