The Most Picturesque River Walks in Oxford

Resting alongside the River Ock and just a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, our Oxford hotel is the ideal base leading to a variety of wonderful river walks.

Here is just a small selection of our favourite picturesque river walks in Oxford….


Port Meadow

The upper reaches of the Thames in Oxford lead to the beautiful open pastures of Port Meadow. Along this route many visit the Medley Manor Fruit Farm to harvest their own fruit and buy some of the best seasonal pickings. Another detour from this lovely walk is to Binsey Church. The small and picturesque Church is tucked away and in its graveyard sits the original inspiration for The Treacle Well from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.


You can also expect to see plenty of rabbits, red kites, kingfishers, grass snakes and migratory birds such as Canada geese. This beautiful stretch of river is also well known for its low-lying mist in the evening and ethereal sunsets throughout autumn and winter. Port Meadow is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it remains one of the last true water meadows along the Thames. This means it floods in winter and therefore the soil is left rich and fertile in the summer, leading to an assortment of beautiful wildflowers.


The Isis

The section between Folly Bridge and Iffley Lock is undoubtedly the most famous span of river in Oxford. This stretch of the River Thames (also known as the Isis) is where the college rowing crews race against each other in the two annual regattas. See the College Boathouses on the north bank via the Christ Church Meadow towpath and on the south bank see further boathouses, as well as the wonderfully secluded Longbridges Nature Park.


Expect to see an abundance of rowers from the college and city clubs alongside some stunning wildlife such as herons, muntjac and roe deer, as well as plenty of ducks and waterfowl!


Cherwell and New Marston

There is a lovely selection of pleasant walks alongside the River Cherwell. Addison’s Walk is accessible from Magdalen College; another pleasantly shaded walk joins the University Parks with Marston Road via the amusingly named Parson’s Pleasure, Mesopotamia and King’s Mill Lane. Lady Margaret Hall and the Cherwell Boathouse pass can be seen on the opposite bank before a footbridge is reached which gives access to Wolfson College and then onwards to the city.


Keep an eye out for the meadows of stunning wildflowers designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), but also maintained as a working farm. You may even spot the wild Muntjacs, Roe deer and Fallow deer along this superb stretch of river.


So, that’s just a few of the lovely river walks near our hotel in Oxford. View maps for each of these routes here.


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