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Eynsham Walks 

 

 

The flat flood plain of the upper River Thames valley around Eynsham Village near Oxford provides excellent country for level walking.
 
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Eynsham - Thames Path towards Godstow - Wytham Great Wood - 8 miles (12.8km)
 
This is a little beauty. Follow 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 the Eynsham Lock.
 
Eynsham - Thames Path taking in Pinkhill Lock - 4 miles (6.4km)
 
This is a shorter walk but no less pleasant and with much to offer the walker. After leaving the town through the old Abbey grounds and walking on through fields and meadows, you join the Thames Path at Pinkhill Lock where, in 1791, the old flash lock was replaced with a pound lock.
 
The return walk leads you towards Swinford Toll Bridge, seen from quite some distance. The bridge is an elegant Georgian structure with nine arches and a balustraded parapet. It was built of local Cotswold stone by the 4th Earl of Abingdon under a special Act of Parliament of 1767 to replace an ancient ferry.
 
Eynsham - South Leigh - 6 miles (9.6km)
 
Although heading away from the river, the walk to South Leigh along a disused railway line and flat open countryside offers the walker a splendid variation from the other three walks in wildlife and viewpoints. Take a well-earned break at the Mason’s Arms, roughly half-way along the route.
 
The return journey takes you past the Church of St James in South Leigh. Stop to admire the 15th century murals, which were found under several coats of whitewash. The most memorable depicts the Archangel St Michael weighing souls, designed to catch your eye as you leave.
 
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