Oxford

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Introduction

We visited Oxford twice in early 2019. First, R had to attend a day school in February. In March we decided to stay there for a wekeend.

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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View across Port Meadow from bridge across to Fiddler’s Island.
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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.

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, 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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