We visited Oxford twice in early 2019. First, R had to attend a day school in February. Then in March we decided to spend a weekend there.

February: Morning walk

After leaving R at the venue in Summertown, an area a little north of the centre, I walked back southward, then diverted along the edge of a park so I could go and see the River Cherwell.

Boat in backwater of the river.
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River Cherwell, with somebody crossing the footbridge.
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I walked back into the centre to the start of the Oxford Canal, which I had walked last time, and set out along the canal again.

St Barnabas Church, Jericho.
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With time to spare, I crossed the river and walked around part of Jericho, a district of Oxford that was developed after the canal arrived.

Canal Street.
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Another view of the church tower at St Barnabas’s.
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I returned to the canal towpath and proceeded slowly along it, back towards Summertown.

October (although it was actually February), in the Castle Mill Steam.
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221B; disappointingly it's moored near Juxon Street. There is no Baker Street in Oxford.
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Reflections beneath Walton Well Bridge.
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Kingfisher mural (by Richard Wilson) on the Frenchay Road bridge.
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February: Afternoon walk

I met R from her course (Summertown is by the canal so it was not far out of my way) and we had a rather late lunch before setting off again together. R wanted to see the part I walked on my own last time, so we repeated that walk.

Yellow canal boat, black cat.
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Fencing on the Godstow Road bridge.
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The route leaves the canal along Godstow Road and crosses through the village of Wolvercote to join the Thames at Godstow Abbey.

Lake on Port Meadow, Wolvercote.
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Chapel at Godstow Abbey (1).
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Chapel at Godstow Abbey (2).
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We followed the Thames most of the way back into Oxford. We had started later than planned and it was getting rather dark.

View across Port Meadow from bridge to Fiddler’s Island.
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Rewley Road swing bridge, which used to bridge the Castle Mill Stream (alongside).
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Tower in Nuffield College, viewed from Bulwarks Lane.
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March: Saturday

In March we decided to stay at a fancy hotel (just for one night) so we could see Oxford for a weekend, and without one of us having to spend half the day being educated.

University Church of St Mary the Virgin (which has a very nice café).
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Part of the wall of All Souls College.
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Bodleian Library courtyard wall and shadows.
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Radcliffe Camera. (Not actually a camera.)
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We picked up a guidebook with some town walks and started by doing the ‘authors’ one, which takes you to a police station with a plaque about Inspector Morse. Dorothy L Sayers was also born a few streets away from that. Good place for crime, Oxford. Somehow we still managed not to get murdered on our trip.

Clarks Row with nice red bike.
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Christ Church college and cathedral.
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Water feature.
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More of the Christ Church gardens.
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College building.
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Archway in Magdalene College.
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St Helen’s Passage. (The other sign is for a pub.)
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Silly heads on the Bodleian Library.
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Wall of Bodleian Library courtyard.
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The Afghan Women’s Orchestra were playing that evening at the Sheldonian Theatre. Unfortunately we didn't find this out until it had already started! They sounded pretty good from outside.

Part of the Sheldonian.
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Doorway into the building that contains the History of Science Museum.
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March: Sunday

We began the day by visiting the Ashmolean museum (directly opposite our hotel). We’d seen the main connection before, but they had a temporary exhibition from the artist Jeff Koons. I had never heard of him but he is apparently well-known and extremely rich (which we could have worked out from the prices in the gift shop). Among other things he makes shiny sculptures that you can see your reflection in, which is obviously fun, so it was a good exhibition.

R and I.
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Just me this time.
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My legs.
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My two heads and camera.
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Looks a bit like CCTV...
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Then we went back to the University Church, where you can pay to climb the tower. The stairs are not as exciting as some, but you still get nice views from the top. You also walk past the room where, allegedly, the University first began.

Looking down at the café tables.
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View across roofs.
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Wooden door with graffiti.
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Part of All Souls College.
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Looking up past a gargoyle and somebody’s head.
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The clock face.
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Buildings by the church.
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Shadows on the stairway back down.
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We enjoyed the weekend - Oxford is an interesting city with lots to see, and it was nice to be there a little longer than for a day trip.

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