Abingdon to Oxford
Leaving Abingdon I walked down the steps to the footpath with one last look at the bridge.
Up ahead is Abingdon lock and weir. Over the centuries the water channels carrying traffic have changed. The Swift Ditch which is now south of the main channel appears to have been the former course of the Thames but is now just a back water.
full of wildlife. I could stay for hours watching the numerous butterflies and listening to the birdsong. But I estimate another 7 miles to go before I reach Oxford.
It is all part of Barton fields nature park. It is mainly volunteers who maintain our nature trails and areas, cutting back the unwanted weeds that try to take over the pathways. I would like to add how much my legs appreciated the lack of brambles and nettles growing across the path so thank you to volunteers everywhere.
Nuneham railway bridge
Once past the bridge the Nuneham woods rise up on the opposite bank continuing for the next couple of miles.
First few drops of rain since I walked by Tower Bridge many, many miles away. It didn't last long and in fact it was much too warm to wear a rain jacket.
This is Christ Church, founded in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor. Almost 500 years later it is still here home to 550 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying a range of subjects.