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Abingdon—Oxford
Abioxf one Enjoy me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 39m Descent 45m
Abingdon—Oxford
Abioxf two Survey me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent 44m Descent 39m
Eynsham—Oxford
Eynoxf one Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 59m Descent 49m
Kidlington—Oxford
Kidoxf one Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 20m Descent 17m
Oxford—Berinsfield
Oxfber one Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 63m Descent 64m
Oxford—Brill
Oxfbri one Double check Distance 29km/18mi Ascent 163m Descent 289m
Oxford—Brill
Oxfbri two Review me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 206m Descent 331m
Oxford—Chalgrove
Oxfcha one Review me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 98m Descent 91m
Oxford—Thame
Oxftha two Review me Distance 25km/15mi Ascent 262m Descent 248m
Standlake—Oxford
Staoxf one Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 129m Descent 137m
Standlake—Oxford
Staoxf two Survey me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 166m Descent 174m
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Oxford, Wed 30 November

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Oxford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SP5050306292

Lat / Lon

51.75306° / -1.26977°

Easting / Northing

450,503E / 206,292N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Oxford's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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It's tough resisting the temptation to not divert and just head up into Wytham Woods (an amazing place to just wander). The least interesting part is Swinford up into Eynsham, the village itself is really nice - plenty of places for refreshments and fairly regular buses back into the city....

Sam McKavanagh

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Abingdon—Oxford

Sam McKavanagh pledged to walk Abioxf one

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The parts opposite Nuneham house are really beautiful and there's a great chance to see lots of amazing birds as you get around the Radley lakes area...

Sam McKavanagh

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It then crosses a wooden bridge (Photo 1) to join the Thames Path (Photo 2)....

Martin Ellis

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Martin Ellis took this photo on Abioxf two

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I walked it Oxford-Standlake, and made a further small improvement leaving Oxford: on Osney Island, go down West Street, turn right into Swan Street, cross the footbridge and follow the path across the top of Oatlands Rec before turning left after the bridge to join the path down to North Hinksey. Not a big enough difference to justify another route, though, and you may prefer to take in Osney Lock on the official route....

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Oxford

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Definitely not one for wheels - there are several stiles, particularly nearer Brill, and the path is frequently muddy, even in summer. As you head out from Elsfield downhill towards Oxford, the odd doubling-back is required to cross a ditch, before you head to the Oxford Ring Road (where there are traffic lights, so you can cross safely)....

Martin McGovern

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But being near water always adds to my enjoyment of a route....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Abioxf two

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Leaving Moreton, take the right turn (which immediately bends left), not the straight on track. When you emerge onto the A329 at the Oxfordshire Golf Club gate, continue for 100m before taking the Oxfordshire Way sign into Rycote Old Paddock. After the section of the Oxfordshire Way on Waterstock Golf Course, continue straight onto the field. Cross the stile next to the Oxfordshire Golf Course gate, and turn immediately left over a second stile6...

Martin McGovern

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The initial stretch between the station and canal route can be tricky to keep track of as there are many turns, but once on the canal path it's fairly easy to follow (and there are several signs to help get to the towpath, even if it's not strictly the way this route suggests.) As previous reviewers have mentioned, the stretch along the canal from Wolvercote has been recently resurfaced, making it nice and smooth for going by wheel. The views are plentiful and ever-changing, both with season and distance - it starts off with many houses on the banks, passes a school, under a dual carriageway and then meanders past some greener pastures and a pond that was just teeming with birds when we passed! All ascents and descents are fairly minimal and unnoticeable, too, which is great for those not a fan of big hills....

fliss.harper

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I completely agree with Mtormey's review....

Martin McGovern

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I tried cycling it: the section from Kidlington to the A44 was OK on a hybrid bike (half-way between a mountain mike and a more traditional road machine), but was muddy and uneven - I wouldn't ride it on anything less rugged, and don't recommend this section for wheelchairs or buggies. At the time of writing (May 2021), the section from the A44 to Godstow Road is being resurfaced, which should bring it up to the standard of the southern section, which is suitable for wheels....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern surveyed Abioxf one

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I agree with the previous reviews - this is a pleasant walk following about 9 miles of the Thames Path, plus a short distance at each end into the town....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Abioxf one

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It's reasonably gentle, with a nice range of path types - a nice stretch of riverside, with others being more or less wooded, and others going through farmland....

Martin McGovern

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Crossing the toll bridge at Swinford is unpleasant and not entirely necessary. Again, if you have an Ordnance Survey map, you will see that it is possible to avoid the toll bridge if you cross at Eynsham lock and then follow the path over the weir....

Dan

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An easy riverside walk following the Thames Path from Oxford to Abingdon. Be careful after heavy rainfall as parts of the path can flood easily, sometimes making it inaccessible....

lajammy

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Lodge101 surveyed Kidoxf one

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Oxford—Thame

Martin McGovern added Oxftha two, a new walk from Oxford to Thame

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This was particularly true of this route, with two significant sections (one running westward out of Marsh Baldon towards Nineveh Farm, and one from the A4074 to Lower Farm) being difficult to identify. The Marsh Baldon section was a wheatfield which had been harvested, and was therefore easy to cross, but the A4074-Lower Farm section had fully grown pea plants on it. I didn’t have the same problem at the same place, but there were several bullocks at Marsh Baldon....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Oxfber one

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The section along the B4495 (Marston Ferry Road) veers to the left (starting from Brill), and crosses the Cherwell some way from the road. Starting from Brill, there are impressive views, including the TV mast at Beckley, marking the approximate half-way point of the route. Shops are available in Brill itself, in Oakley, and the Oxford area. Tricky turns - Brill to Oxford1 As you leave Oakley Road, take the farm track (not the path). tricky turns - Oxford to Brill....

Martin McGovern

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Oxford—Brill

Martin McGovern added Oxfbri two, a new walk from Oxford to Brill

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It is pretty nice, though there are a few places that I think would be difficult or impossible to pass in a wheel chair (a couple of small bridges [photo 2] that require a step up, a very steep stepless bridge and a section of path with big roots and no way around [photo 3]). Also the bit where a detour via the Victoria Arms adds two quite difficult road crossings (crossing Marston ferry and then crossing back to get to the pedestrian path on the side) as well as making the root longer, so I cut that off....

thk123

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You drift away from the river across Kennington Meadow and then back to the least used part of the path between Oxford and Abingdon at least as far as the Radley School Boathouse....

John Howson

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A section of about 2.5km leaves the Thames Path, to follow the Oxford Green Belt Way, but then rejoins the Thames Path. About 800m after joining the Thames path, you go through a gate - turn immediately right onto the Oxford Green Belt Way to continue on the official route2 Once you've passed under the A34, go straight ahead onto the Oxford Green Belt Way to continue on the official route.....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Eynoxf one

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Good route, but the walk out of Oxford is fairly circuitous when it could be made much more direct; also, when heading from Oxford to Standlake, the path turns north out of Appleton to reach a bridge to cross the Thames, but no path connection exists there. I've uploaded a new route that fixes both of these issues....

mtormey

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Standlake—Oxford

mtormey added Staoxf two, a new walk from Standlake to Oxford

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Super varied in terrain and scenery, and a beautiful way to get out into the countryside from Oxford!...

mtormey

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Oxford

danravenellison surveyed Oxford

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Oxford

danravenellison surveyed Oxford

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Significant parts of this route use existing pathways – Shakespeare’s Way specifically, including sections where Shakespeare’s Way and the Thames Path are one. One possible route variation at Stadhampton – the official route takes you on the road and past shops and a pub – if you aren’t hungry you can continue on the Shakespeare’s way going across the B480. At Chalgrove, the route seems to leave the road at the Lamb pub. As the route bends right and leaves the Kassam Stadium/Grenoble Road area, the route is hard to spot....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Oxfcha one

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I walked part of the Oxford to Berinsfield route with the intention of completing the whole route and doing a survey....

emmajt

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Oxford

danravenellison surveyed Oxford

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Great quiet & scenic route linking Abingdon and Oxford along the River Thames. It can occasionally be flooded at some times of year....

davidemms

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The lovely Port Meadow runs parallel to the towpath after Wolvercote so you may want to detour ever so slightly from the towpath to amble through the meadow; The Perch Inn makes for a good spot to fill your boots before finishing off the last couple of miles into Oxford...

PeteDouglas

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Abingdon—Oxford

Slow Ways added Abioxf one, a new walk from Abingdon to Oxford

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Abingdon—Oxford

Slow Ways added Abioxf two, a new walk from Abingdon to Oxford

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Eynsham—Oxford

Slow Ways added Eynoxf one, a new walk from Eynsham to Oxford

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Kidlington—Oxford

Slow Ways added Kidoxf one, a new walk from Kidlington to Oxford

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Oxford—Berinsfield

Slow Ways added Oxfber one, a new walk from Oxford to Berinsfield

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Oxford—Brill

Slow Ways added Oxfbri one, a new walk from Oxford to Brill

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Oxford—Chalgrove

Slow Ways added Oxfcha one, a new walk from Oxford to Chalgrove

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Standlake—Oxford

Slow Ways added Staoxf one, a new walk from Standlake to Oxford

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