Oxford is a beautiful place to live. It’s certainly not bright lights, big city but it’s full of old school charm, cobbled streets and flowing rivers. If you like pubs, architecture and river walks – well you’re in!
I headed out for a winter walk to get some fresh air and burn off some of those post-Christmas calories. I started my walk in Iffley Village. There’s a great pub there called the Prince of Wales, which I would highly recommend. There’s a beautiful church and a thatched roof cottage.
Then if you turn down Mill Lane you get toward Iffley Lock. I loved this little gate on the way down.
Once you hit the river you get to the keeper’s house and the lock. This is probably in my top three fave houses – I’d love to have a look around inside. Maybe I should become the gatekeeper!
We then walked along the River Thames heading towards the Isis Framhouse. There were lots of rowers out in force practicing their skills.
We then headed up onto Donnington Bridge and all the way to Hinksey Park. I’d actually never been there before so it was nice to go somewhere new. I got all out of sorts, as I seen the train going past and couldn’t believe we’d walked that far!
I had a look through to the empty Hinksey Pool – it seemed quite sad in the Winter shade but I can imagine in the sunshine it’s amazing. I watched the little ducks paddle along and then we walked into town coming up towards Folly Bridge.
We stopped off for some lunch in town and then in the spirit of health… got the bus home ha ha!
I’d love to find some alternative routes in Oxford – let me know if you’ve got one to share. And if you don’t live here, an excuse for a Winter break. Come visit!