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There's lots to do in Cropredy and the surrounding area.
Walking and Cycling
If you live locally you will know there are lots of quiet roads to cycle, and beautiful canal paths to walk along in both directions from Cropredy. The Brasenose is literally just 200 meters from the historic Oxford canal.
Why not park the car by Banbury's new Castle Quay Shopping Centre, alongside the Oxford Canal, and walk through the beautiful North Oxford countryside to Cropredy and the Brasenose Arms, approximately 5 miles northeast. A warm welcome awaits you and any furry legged companions.
If you don't know the area so well, download the Walks from the Oxford Canal leaflet to discover more of what Banbury, Cropredy and the surrounding villages offer.
If your are a member of a walking, cycling, running, boating or sporting club or group, and you're looking for a friendly place to meet regularly where your members will be well looked after, give us a call to discuss on 01295 750244.
The Cropredy Marina is immaculately maintained with 355 berths, set across three wide basins, suitable for all sizes of narrowboat. Its generous proportions allow ease of manoeuvrability for all size of vessel. All pontoons are fully serviced providing electricity, water and wi-fi, with diesel, gas, coal, pump-out, and elsan available at the service quay.
For more information on the marina and narrowboat hire visit the Castle Marina website
The Battle of Cropredy Bridge
During the English Civil War in late 1644, King Charles made Oxford his wartime capital. Although it had been agreed he would remain on the defensive in Oxford, he was in imminent danger of being surrounded and besieged.
The King decided to leave Oxford and on Saturday, 29 June, Charles's army began marching north along the east side of the River Cherwell shadowed by the roundheads across the water. As they approached Cropredy, Charles ordered a small detachment of dragoons to seize Cropredy bridge over the Cherwell.
A battle ensued over the bridge throughout the day. Despite some victories, the king's train was low in food and supplies and the Royalists slipped away under the cover of night, taking guns they'd captured with them. While the Royalists had suffered few casualties, the Roundheads had lost 700 men, many having deserted immediately after the battle. More details can be found through the Battle Fields Trust. If you're an avid history fan the site of the very first battle of the English Civil War, The Battle of Edgehill, is less than 9 miles away.
On Cropredy Bridge, looking east towards Williamscot there is a plaque on the left-hand side commemorating the battle.
Nearby Shopping & Sight Seeing
Half an hour south on the M40 - Oxford is not only home to the dreaming spires of the University, the backdrop to scenes from some Harry Potter films, and home to many famous pubs and museums - it also has a fantastic range of shops and the new Westgate Shopping Center.
The world-famous designer outlet centre, Bicester Village, is only 20 minutes down the M40 from Cropredy. Spend the day browsing for bargains and then get away from the crowds and have lunch or dinner with us in the countryside. Visit Bicester Village.
Banbury is the nearest town to Cropredy, with its own train station - it's an hour and a half from London on the Great Western Railway.
Steeped in history, Banbury is a famous market town with a new shopping complex, as well as a market and independent shops.