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Oxford to Abingdon

Download the Oxford to Abingdon walk (PDF).

Water walk: This beautifully rural walk invites you to explore the city of Oxford before setting off for greener surroundings. Just a few miles downstream from Oxford you can take a short detour from Iffley Lock to visit the village’s fabulous Norman church. Continuing the walk downstream you pass through Sandford Lock, which boasts the largest fall of water from its weir and is a pretty impressive sight. On reaching Abingdon Lock you come across Abingdon Bridge - the original bridge was built in 1422 with 14 arches, and the current structure still retains a medieval feel. The walk finishes in Abingdon, one of the most important historic towns on the River Thames, with a magnificent town hall and abbey founded as early as 675AD.

The River Thames at AbingdonWinter warmer: You will find several pubs dotted along this section of the Thames Path. Try the Isis Tavern, delightfully situated on the path just before Iffley Lock or the Kings Arms at Sandford Lock.

Distance: 10 miles
Duration: 4 hours

Train stations: Oxford has good train links. Abingdon does not have a train station but does have an excellent bus service where you can get a bus back to Oxford.

Stay overnight: Enjoy affordable luxury at The Upper Reaches Hotel in Abingdon with its delightful riverside setting.

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