Enjoy this post by my husband Roy on one of our favourite walks by the River Thames in Oxford, incredibly beautiful and a great place to relax. Roy takes his camera, I take my jumbled thoughts. He comes back with photographs, and I come back with peace and a blog post.
Roy thinks we should walk the 51 miles of the Thames Path to London, some day or week. He’s serious, but I pretend he’s joking.
Now, over to Roy
The Kings Arms at Sandford Lock is great place to start a riverside walk. Upstream, it is 3 miles, and perhaps the nicest river walk in Oxford, past river boats, flocks of grazing geese, Iffley lock, Iffley Meadow, and the college boathouses to Folly Bridge and Christchurch Meadow. The section from Iffley Lock upstream is paved. Downstream, it is more rural, and one can follow the Thames Path right into London.
Sandford Lock to Folly Bridge via Iffley Lock
Downstream from Sandford Lock
It is much more rural going down stream, and the path is rather uneven.
You will pass Radley boathouse. Radley College, is a private boys boarding school. According to Wikipedia “The campus of school buildings, playing fields, golf course, lake, and farmland now covers some 800 acres (3.2 km2), including the largest continuous area of mown grass in England.”