Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Thames Path - Iffley to Radley

Date of Walk: 17 November 2013
Approx Distance of Walk: 4km (2.5 miles)
 Parking/Transport: Redbridge Park and Ride at Oxford (Grid ref SP 519037). 
Starting Point: Road Bridge near Iffley Lock. (Grid ref SP 525032)
Finishing Point: Radley (Grid Ref SP 538988)

It was quite a grey and still November day when we set off on this walk. Leaving the Redbridge Park and Ride car park we walked south-east along the Oxford Ring Road to where it crosses the Thames and descended the steps to the river.

The river was very calm and the reflection of the trees in the water took my eye.

A little bit of autumnal colour.

Suddenly the peace was shattered by some oiks on a mini motor scooter! This is surely not allowed on a public footpath?

We follow the path southwards and we reach to weir at Sandford, which is sometimes called the Sandford Lasher, an impressive thundering feature but the walkway across is blocked.

Sandford Lock comes next, with some modern housing replacing the old mill that once stood here. There is also a pub on the other side of the lock. We were tempted to go in out of the cold but decided not to as we'd brought sandwiches!

Sandford Lock has the largest fall of all the Thames locks and we can see the great depth in the empty lock.

A convenient seat on the grass just after the lock provides a perch to eat out picnic, but we do not linger too long as it is not very warm.

After Sandford Lock the path passes quiet farmland and low woodland. It became quite muddy, the oxford clay sticking annoyingly to our feet! Mr PL is trying to dislodge it in the long grass!

My muddy boots!

We approach Radley, identified by the boathouses of Radley College.

From here we turn right off the Thames Path and follow the track and road for about a mile to the village of Radley. We catch a bus from outside Radley Station back to the Park and Ride in Oxford to retrieve our car.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely.
    To me there is nothing more beautiful than a "grey" day and walking!!!!
    diane @ thoughts and shots


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