Messing about on the river

Punting on the Cherwell

Oxford Preservation Trust and Wadworth Brewery have been working together to improve the punting stops along the River Cherwell at Marston for everyone to enjoy and they are now looking great.  Thanks to a significant investment by the brewery, the bank at the Vicky Arms has been repaired and there’s now plenty of space to tie up for a pint and good pub fare. 

OPT, which owns lots of fields and open green space around here, as well as the freehold of the Vicky Arms, has been doing its bit too.  A little further upstream from the pub, OPT has created a new punting stop so there’s now a new place for a peaceful picnic, all thanks to the support of the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment. 

Director of OPT Debbie Dance says ‘the Cherwell and punting are a special part of Oxford and we wanted to do something to make it more enjoyable for everyone.  Now that we have completed this work to the banks we will be starting on improving the footpaths that link the University Parks up with the pub and beyond.  We’re arranging a walk on Tuesday 9 July so if anyone wants to join us then just let us know.’ 

There are lots of punts to hire from the Cherwell Boathouse.  Roger Forster, manager at the Cherwell Boathouse, said ‘There’s now something for everyone on the River Cherwell.  Arriving at the pub by punt after just half an hour is unique to Oxford and experienced by many so we’re very pleased to see these improvements.  Punters also love the other options for a picnic either in the fields upstream or the more formal University Parks downstream.’