Date of Walk: 13 September 2012
Approx Distance of Walk:4 km (2.5 miles)
Parking/Transport: Redbridge Park and Ride at Oxford (Grid ref SP 519037).
Bus into Oxford Centre
Starting Point: Osney Bridge, Oxford.
Finishing Point: Road Bridge near Iffley Lock. (Grid ref SP 525032)
We took the bus into Oxford town centre from Redbridge Park and Ride and spent a pleasant morning on a guided tour of some of Oxford's attractions.
After lunch we headed on foot over to Osney Bridge, close to the Railway Station, to pick up the Thames Path. We were headed downstream.
Away from the busy road the path quickly became much more peaceful.
We arrived at Osney Lock.
After the lock we continued to follow the river, and seemed to be well away from the busy town centre now. The river traffic was a mix of working vessels...
... and pleasure boats.
There is a good made-up path on this stretch, and quite a few people were out walking as it is still close to the city centre.
We come to Folly Bridge, with a folly-styled house on an island in the river.
From the other side the house is quite striking.
We cross the main road and rejoin the Thames Path, still on the south side of the river.
We are now approaching a straight stretch of the river. Christ Church Meadow, with lovely mature trees along the bank, can be seen opposite.
This stretch is used for rowing.
There are many boathouses belonging to the different University Colleges.
The river now continues through open fields and away from the city.
There are more boathouses on our side now.
We stop for a welcome cup of tea at The Isis Tavern pub. (The Thames is also known as The Isis in Oxford.)
After this stop, Iffley Lock comes into view.
This is a pretty lock.
The path leading from the lock and over the weir to the village is partially covered, which is quite unusual but attractive.
It leads over a pretty and tranquil backwater and up to the village of Iffley. We took a detour to have a look at the village, where relatives of ours used to live.
We return from Iffley village back to the Thames Path by crossing the weir and lock again. Our route then takes us on a little further to meet the main road where turn left. There is a wide footpath/cycle path to walk along by the busy road back to the car park.