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A view across the river from the Thames Path

Circular and Linear Walks

Distance:  approximately 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km
This walk starts at Windsor Bridge, crosses the River Thames walking towards Eton and passes Eton College Boat House on to The Brocas. This is a wide open meadow where Local farmers can still exercise their Lammas Rights by grazing their cattle here in August. On this walk there is the most splendid view of Windsor Castle, the largest
inhabited castle in Europe. Please download the leaflet and map below for further details.
 



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The Royal Geographical Society  created this self-guided geographical walk to explore Oxford’s fascinating network of waterways. Oxford is built on a series of islands and this walk is an opportunity to explore an intricate network of waterways that are often overlooked by visitors to the city. Discover mill streams and flood meadows, walk along an industrial canal and a working river, watch leisure boating and competitive rowing. Look for evidence in the names of neighbourhoods, streets, bridges and pubs giving clues to the watery history of this city.Discover why convicts from Oxford’s prison built many of Oxford’s canal, locks and other structures. Find out how the river was part of Oxford’s Town and Gown division. See which parts of Oxford’s rivers featured in works of literature including Alice in Wonderland, the adventures of Tom Brown and Three Men in a Boat.
Visit: http://www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/south-east-england/oxford-waterways.html



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The Village Route - B (2.5km). An easy going route around Cookham Village.

Permission may be sought from the landlord of The Crown to use his car park to drop passengers; the driver can then continue to the car park on the Moor. Other parking in and around the village is limited.The tarmaced route down Berries Road is sign-posted where the road gives way to footpaths which pass the Sailing Club on your left. Cross a newly-built bridge over a small inlet and the river is before you.

Before turning right at the sailing club, look out for the craft Monarch; her plaque bears testimony to her role as one of the thousands of small ships that made possible the evacuation and the saving of the lives of 300,000 men from Dunkirk in the early days of World War 2.

Besides the ever-present seagulls, therewill certainly be swans, ducks, moorhen, coots and the occasional great crested grebe. The riverbank is also a favoured mooring site. The route goes through the churchyard to the famous11th century Church of Holy Trinity, a much-loved centre of an active parish life and one-time home of Stanley Spencer’s famous painting of The Last Supper.

In Cookham Village there is the Stanley Spencer Gallery, once a Methodist chapel and now the home of Spencer’s The Last Supper. Along the High Street, there's the 14th century coaching inn, Bel and The Dragon and the 17th century King’s Arms. The names of the houses - The Old Apothecary, The Moorings - and a one-time butcher’s tiled facia established 1775 - give
a clue to the past and varied occupations of the erstwhile villagers featured in Spencer’s famous
paintings.



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Distance: 3.6 miles / 5.8km / 4.3 miles /7km
Time: 2hrs / 2.5hrs

This walk gives you the option of taking a short or longer walk. The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles, with more than 150 lakes, set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire.
Experience the various landscapes of the Water Park in one walk. A delightful woodland trail by the Swill Brook, then across open meadows to the infant River Thames, and crystal clear lakes. Great wildlife all year round with dragonflies in summer, nightingales in Spring and a wonderful variety of visiting waterbirds in Winter.

Visit: www.waterpark.org/things-to-do/walking/



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Route 1 - 4 miles:
After leaving Eynsham through the old Abbey grounds and walking on through fields and meadows and along a stream, you join the Thames Path at Pinkhill Lock where, in 1791, the old flashlock was replaced with a pound lock. The return walk along the Thames leads you towards the elegant Georgian Swinford Toll Bridge, built in 1767. The Talbot Inn is on your right just over the bridge on the return to Eynsham village.
Car parking in the centre of Eynsham. Proceed down Clover Place or Back Lane - free at the time of writing.
Refreshments: A number of shops and public houses are located in Eynsham. For other walks and further details visit Oxfordshire County Council's website.



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Route 2 - 8 miles
This route follows the Thames Path for a little over half the walk, taking a recommended short detour of a couple of hundred yards to stop off for refreshment at the famous Trout Inn at Godstow, overlooking the river. The return route takes you across pretty meadows and skirts Wytham Great Wood to rejoin the Thames Path, bringing you back across Swinford Toll Bridge  or alternatively cross the Eynsham lock. The Talbot Inn is on your right just over the bridge on the return to Eynsham.

Car parking in the centre of Eynsham. Proceed down Clover Place or Back Lane - free at the time of writing.
Refreshments: A number of shops and public houses are located in Eynsham.For details of walks visit Oxfordshire County Council's website.



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Distance 5.5 miles / 8.85 km.
The route takes you through a variety of scenery from water meadows beside the River Thames to the chalk grassland and yew woodland on the slopes of the Hartslock Nature Reserve. There are no stiles and the walk is fairly flat until the incline up Hartslock Hill. Beware: the Thames floods low ground here during the winter. Before you set out, check the Environemnt Agency Floodline 0845 9881188. For further information on the Hartslock Reserve, please visit www.hartslock.org.uk. This is a reserve managed by BBOWT.



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Water walk: This walk takes you through the dramatic Goring Gap, with the hills dominating the Berkshire Downs to the west and the wooded Chilterns to the east. The Goring Gap is the narrowest part of the Thames Valley with the river and a railway nestled between the hills either side. Downstream of Goring the walk takes you under Brunel’s red brick railway bridge and over the only one of the two remaining toll bridges on the river, in Whitchurch
Refreshments: You will find several lovely pubs in Goring. In Whitchurch there is the Ferry Boat or Greyhound and Pangbourne boasts more enjoyable hostelries, including The Swan which overlooks the river and is where an exhausted Jerome K Jerome finished his journey in ‘Three Men in a Boat’.

Distance: 5 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Train stations: Goring & Streatley, and Pangbourne



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A stIle-free walk of 5.5 miles encompassing the Hambleden Valley and the village of Medmenham near the River Thames between Henley and Marlow.



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Distance: 10 miles
Duration: 4 hours
Water walk: This lovely rural walk invites you to explore the city of Oxford before setting off for greener surroundings. Just a
few miles downstream from Oxford you’re encouraged to take a short detour from Iffley Lock to visit the village’s fabulous
Norman church. Continuing the walk downstream you pass through Sandford Lock, which boasts the largest fall of water from
its weir and is a pretty impressive sight. Just beyond Abingdon Lock you reach Abingdon Bridge - the original bridge was built
in 1422 with 14 arches, and the current structure still retains a medieval feel. The walk finishes in Abingdon, one of the most
important historic towns on the River Thames, with a magnificent town hall and abbey founded as early as 675AD.
Refreshments: You will find several pubs dotted along this section of the Thames Path. Try the Isis Tavern, delightfully
situated on the path just before Iffley Lock or the Kings Arms at Sandford Lock.
Train stations: Oxford has good train links. Abingdon does not have a train station but does have an excellent bus service
where you can get a bus back to Oxford.
Boat trips: During the summer months you can walk in one direction and get a boat back. See
http://www.salterssteamers.co.uk/oxab.htm for details.



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