Friday, December 10, 2010

Oxford - Thames Path ...

... the Thames Path crosses to the Oxford side at Osney Bridge
        and then crosses Fiddler's Island and Medley Footbridge
        returning to the western bank to continue to Godstow Lock ...
source: en.wilkipedia.org
  
 ... detail of the Osney Bridge (1888) ...
‭ by en.wikipedia.org
... to replace a stone bridge which collapsed in 1885.
‭The Thames Path crosses the river on this bridge,
‭ just above Osney Lock ...
  
... The river Thames as it heads upstream from Oxford.
North view from Osney Bridge ...
     
... Thames Path graffiti ...
  
... south view towards Osney Bridge. It carries 
the Botley Road (A420) from Botley into Oxford...
source: en.wikipedia.org
   
... garden allotments alongside the Thames ...

... river Thames Osney Island. Four Rivers footbridge in distance,
a waterways cross road ...
 
... pleasure boats making their way down the Thames from Oxford ...
... with the introduction of railways the canals went into 
a gradual decline, now reversed by leisure use ...
source: en.wikipedia.org
  
... garden #53 ...
     
... Medley Old Navigation Weir and Footbridge,
(Castle Mill Stream, the Old Navigation) ...
  
... marina at Castle Mill Stream, the Old Navigation ...
  
Thames Path National Trail ...
 by nationaltrail.co.uk - official website
... following England's Greatest River ...
     
Cichorium intybus ...
 by kuleuven-kortrijk.be
EN: Chicory - NL: wilde cichorei
FR: Chicorée sauvage - DE: Gemeine Wegwarte, Zichorie

  
... the towpath is always thronged with locals and visitors alike
taking a stroll along this attractive reach ...
  
Fiddler's Island ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
... the thin island sits between the Thames and 
Castle Mill Stream, the Old Navigation ...
 
Medley Footbridge (1865) ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
...the bridge bears a plaque with a misspelling
which apparently gave rise to a third name,
the 'Subsription Bridge' ...
... a second plaque, using the name Rainbow Bridge,
records its restoration in 1997 ...

   
... This location is known locally as the Rainbow Bridge at 
Fiddlers Island, Binsey. It is one of two bridges to the island 
allowing access from Binsey Village on the West side of 
the River Isis (Thames) to Port Meadow on the East side ...  
source: amorgan
      

... The Isis is the name given to the part of the River Thames 
above Iffley Lock which flows through the city of Oxford ...
source: en.wikipedia.org
  
... Port Meadow, looking upstream from Medley Footbridge ...
     
... the River Thames, looking downstream from Medley Footbridge ...


... Medley Footbridge from Bossom’s Boatyard ...
  
... looking across the river and meadows at
Woodstock Road Baptist Church - Summertown ...

  
Port Meadow ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
... is a large area of common land beside the River Thames
to the north and west of Oxford ...
... The meadow is an ancient area of grazing land, still used
for horses and cattle, and has never been ploughed ...
     
... in the south western corner of the meadow at Medley
is Bossom's Boatyard, a small marina ...
source: en.wikipedia.org
     
 the Thames Footpath - Oxford map ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
... is a National Trail, opened in 1996, following the length of
the River Thames from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire
to the Thames Barrier at Charlton. It is about 296 km long ...

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