R’s studying an Open University course which included a day school in Oxford. While she was stuck inside studying, I took a short walk.

Church of St Thomas the Martyr, with blue sign.
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Oxford Canal

I set off along the Oxford Canal, partly because I thought I might spot a location from Inspector Morse.

Part of a mill stream next to the canal. Despite the sign, it probably hasn’t been mined.
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Classic iron canal bridge and lock gates.
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Close-up of bridge and peeling paint.
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In addition to TV locations the Oxford Canal has a quite interesting audio guide, although I didn’t figure out how to make it actually work on my phone until I had almost left the canal.

Leaf floating in railed enclosure by canal.
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Railway bridge near Burgess Field.
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View through same bridge.
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Ball’s Bridge, leading to the Plough Inn.
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Godstow Road bridge and footbridge.
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Wolvercote Lock shadows and reflections.
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Reflections under the road bridge and footbridge.
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Leaving the canal, I walked through the village of Wolvercote to reach the Thames.

Godstow Road bridge.
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Waterlilies (and ducks) in Wolvercote Lakes.
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Thatched cottage on edge of Wolvercote.
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River Thames

After crossing the bridges at Wolvercote, I walked back into Oxford along the Thames Path. I had walked all of this previously (in the opposite direction), but had completely forgotten about the ruined nunnery at Godstow.

Godstow Abbey was built in 1133 but demolished in 1541 and then more thoroughly in a Civil War battle, so there’s not a lot left, but it is still an interesting site. According to an information sign, while operating it was notorious for its ‘hospitality’ (their quotes) toward the young monks of Oxford.

Corner inside the abbess’s chapel.
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Chapel from outside, with cattle.
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Main river and lock channel rejoining, downstream of Godstow Lock.
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Mooring, downstream of Godstow Lock.
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The riverside path back to Oxford runs mostly through open land with sparse trees. I wore a sun hat, but it was still rather hot.

Nice tree.
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Signs and branches in river.
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Fallen tree.
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Small trees and, on the opposite bank, a beached cabin cruiser.
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I got back into Oxford and continued by the river, which looped round to where I planned to meet R.

River frontage of the Old Power Station (now owned by the University).
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Osney Railway bridge.
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Underneath Gasworks Bridge (an old railway bridge, now a footbridge).
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I crossed the bridge and caught up with R for a late lunch before we got the bus back home.

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