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Oxford's Rivers

Oxford  grew up at the conjunction of two rivers, the Thames and the Cherwell (pronounced Char-well). Indeed, the very  reason for Oxford's existence was the presence of a ford for oxen crossing the  Thames (that ford was located near the present Folly Bridge).

Confusing the issue of two rivers is the fact that the Thames is also  called the Isis within Oxford's  boundaries.

Punting  on Oxford's rivers is a popular recreational activity, conjuring up images of  Edwardian picnics with men in white flannels poling daintily clad companions  along the tree-swept waterways. The punt is a shallow-bottomed boat propelled  with the aid of a long pole.

Punting and Rowing
Cherwell Boathouse
, Bardwell Road
Punts for  hire on the River Cherwell
Available: daily, mid March -- mid October,  10.00-18.00. Contact: 01865 515978

IPG Marine , Boat Station, Head of the River Pub, Folly  Bridge
Punts, rowing boats and outboard motor boats for hire on the River  Thames.
Available: mainly weekends April, May and October; daily June --  September (subject to weather) 11.00-18.00. Contact: 0961 115369

Magdalen Bridge Boathouse , High Street
Punting (and  chauffeured punting) on the River Cherwell from the boathouse past the Botanic  Gardens and Christ Church Meadow. Also electric boat rides from Magdalen Bridge  on the river launch Magdalena.
Available: punts daily, March --  October, 10.00 to dusk; river launch: weekends April - May, daily June -- August  12.00-18.00. Contact: 01865 202643

River Cruises
Salter Brothers  Ltd
, Folly Bridge, St Aldate's
Scheduled passenger boat services  on the River Thames to Abingdon (2 hours each way) and round trips from Folly  Bridge to Iffley Lock (20 minutes each way). Available: May -- September.  Contact: 01865 243421

Rosamund the Fair , Castlemill Boatyard, Cardigan  Street, Jericho
Oxford's cruising restaurant: 3-hour lunch and dinner cruises  through the centre of Oxford on the River Thames and Oxford Canal on narrow boat  restaurant Rosamund the Fair. Available: dinner cruises: Wednesday --  Sunday, departs 19.45; lunch cruises: Friday -- Sunday, departs 12.45.  Pre-booking essential. Contact: 01865 553370 Web Site

Narrow Boats
College  Cruisers
, Combe Road, Oxford Contact: 01865 554343

Green Mini  Cruises
, Boat House Road, Oxford Contact: 01869 346601 or 07940  737106

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