Thames Path : Oxford to Swinford

Another trip along the Thames Path. This a half distance trip i.e. the usual walk in this area is around 14 miles long which was a bit too much for me, especially as transportation from the end point will not be so easy. At the halfway point there are frequent buses, so I broke the walk into two sections – this is the first.

 

As usual, click on any image to enlarge to full screen. Map is at the end.

 

Start at Botley Road bridge, near the railway station

Start at Botley Road bridge, near the railway station

 

Looking back at Botley bridge

Looking back at Botley bridge

 

Path at the back of terraced houses on Abbey Road

Path at the back of terraced houses on Abbey Road

 

Approaching the first foot bridge

Approaching the first foot bridge

 

Foor bridge over the channel which heads to Castle Mill Stream

Foot bridge over the channel which heads to Castle Mill Stream

 

Looking towards the railway bridge over the channel

Looking towards the railway bridge over the channel

 

On the path between the river and Fiddler's Stream

On the path between the river and Fiddler’s Stream

 

Just before Fiddler's Stream bends away

Just before Fiddler’s Stream bends away

 

Forwards is the bridge to Fiddler's Island. Coming from the right is the Castle Mill Stream, from the left the main branch of the Thames

Forwards is the bridge to Fiddler’s Island. Coming from the right is the Castle Mill Stream, from the left the main branch of the Thames

 

Fiddler's Island

Fiddler’s Island

 

Looking over the river towards Port Meadow

Looking over the river towards Port Meadow

 

Cattle frazing on Port Meadow

Cattle grazing on Port Meadow

 

Geese!

Geese!

 

Curve of the river near Binsey

Curve of the river near Binsey

 

Approaching Godstow Lock

Approaching Godstow Lock

 

Remains of Godstow Abbey

Remains of Godstow Abbey

 

Looking back to the bridge at Godstow

Looking back to the bridge at Godstow

 

A34 Western Bypass bridge

A34 Western Bypass bridge

 

Sheep grazing west of the A34 bridge - mind your step!

Sheep grazing west of the A34 bridge – mind your step!

 

The first of a series of meanders north west of Godstow

The first of a series of meanders north west of Godstow

 

Approaching King's Lock - manually operated

Approaching King’s Lock – manually operated

 

Looking back as boaters exit King's Lock

Looking back as boaters exit King’s Lock

 

The path in many areas is overgrown by grasses both sides - in the rain that came later, these soaked the bottom of my trousers

The path in many areas is overgrown by grasses both sides – in the rain that came later, these soaked the bottom of my trousers

 

Big sky day as the river turns to head westwards

Big sky day as the river turns to head westwards

 

And another meander towards the north

And another meander towards the north

 

Captain of the boat

Captain of the boat

 

Clearly a floodplain here - lots of small tributaries branch off towards the north and the banks are very low to the river

Clearly a floodplain here – lots of small tributaries branch off towards the north and the banks are very low to the river

 

Overarching tree branches, just high enough for me to walk under without stooping

Overarching tree branches, just high enough for me to walk under without stooping

 

Approaching the weir and Eynsham lock

Approaching the weir and Eynsham lock

 

Eynsham lock

Eynsham lock

 

Swinford toll bridge B4044

Swinford toll bridge B4044

 

Sparkling water and mixed clouds heading SW from Swinford bridge

Sparkling water and mixed clouds heading SW from Swinford bridge

 

More meanders in the river and cumulus clouds meandering into view with more rain

More meanders in the river and cumulus clouds meandering into view with more rain

 

And the end of the walk - the footpath ends and the route follows a driveway up to the B4044 which is then followed for a while before the next walk takes a path from the B4044 and descends back to the river

And the end of the walk – the footpath ends and the route follows a driveway up to the B4044 which is then followed for a while before the next walk takes a path from the B4044 and descends back to the river.

 

Live scrollable/zoomable map of the walk:

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