2017-08-28 09:30 am
London Paddington, Praed St, London W2, UK
This is an undemanding but enjoyable Country Walk, ending in an exploration of this historic university city, with its University’s Colleges, Harry Potter Filming locations and the Norman Castle compound.
We will make a day out of it, with Oxford Circular walk and college visits and yes, that means you will see the New College, founded in 1379, and seen in the Harry Potter films and television productions.
We will finish the day with a nice meal and a pint before getting back on the train to Paddington.
The walk’s route is easy and entirely level but can be muddy along the path beside the River Cherwell after Wolfson College while after periods of heavy rain, paths beside both the Rivers Isis and Cherwell can be flooded. The walk starts along the Isis to Binsey, a favourite walk for the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, who lamented the felling of aspens along the towpath here in his 1879 poem Binsey Poplars. With Port Meadow on the other side of the river, we will walk to the ruins of Godstow Abbey, before coming to the Trout Inn at Wolvercote then take in a bit of Wolvercote Common before coming to the Plough Inn.
The walk heads south along the Oxford Canal, past some houseboats, then across town and via a footbridge by Wolfson College to go along the River Cherwell through its Nature Reserve. Going through the University Parks, we come to the Pitt Rivers Museum.
From here we start our walking tour of Oxford’s historic colleges and famous buildings, winding in and out of lanes and small streets as the walk fits in many of the colleges as well as the Norman Castle Compound with the Castle Mound and the former Victorian Prison (now a hotel)!!
We will visit New College and it’s corridors, the cloisters where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed.
Length: 16.3 km (10.1 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10
We can also do a small pub crawl for the bravest!
Turf Tavern (Claim for Oxford’s oldest pub. Lovely beer gardens etc): http://www.theturftavern.co.uk/
Eagle and Child AKA The bird and baby (Tolkien, C.S Lewis etc’s old pub): http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/theeagleandchildoxford/findus/
The Bear (The other claim for oldest pub. Tiny though, so not great for a big group but it’s nicely quirky and there is space outdoors): http://www.bearoxford.co.uk/
Meeting point: We will meet at 9.30 am at the London Paddington between the main ticket office and the information desk. Look out for the balloon with Curious Kat group’s logo.
We will make our way to the platform at 9:45 am. If you are late I’m afraid we will not be able to wait and you will be missing the trip. Of course, if you want, you can try to catch up with us at the platform, but the host will be making sure the group gets on the right train, so you will have to figure out the way. Also, you will have to find another way of getting in as I will have your train ticket.
Train*: We will aim to take the 10.00 am train from London Paddington, arriving in Oxford at 11:07 am.
*Please note that as the rail network is very unreliable, those details might change depending on the train delays and we may take an earlier or later train. The decision might need to be taken by the leader on the spot to suit the group’s needs. If you do not arrive at the meeting time, we can not guarantee that you will be able to catch up with the group as the leader may not be able to update you about any changes – even if you call or message them, as sometimes the phone network might not be available and often they might be busy taking care of the group. Leader’s priority will always have to be the customers that arrived on time. We add the train details in order to help you out if you have problems getting to the meeting point on time, but take no responsibility for any changes – so the only way to ensure you do not miss out on the event is to arrive on time at the meeting point.
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