Pitstop at The Plough

2016-03. Plough.

          Our route along the Oxford canal between Kidlington and Oxford has a very pleasant pitstop at bridge 236. As you approach the bridge from either direction,  climb the wooden steps and cross the canal to find a path to “The Plough” on the other side.

          I still haven’t sampled the food on offer, but that’s just a matter of time.  On this visit I sat in one of the little cubicles with a very welcome pot of coffee and rested my feet.

2016-03. Morrells.

          From my seat, the wooden beams on the ceiling disappeared into another room and the clear writing on the glass panel at the back of the cubicle offered a teasing look at what was beyond it.

2016-03. Morrells' library.

          Peering closer through the letter M gave me a better view of the bookshelves on the opposite wall.  Maybe on our next canal walk we can plan a longer pitstop, with maybe lunch in the library, if you eat there first remember to share a picture or two.

           More from before: Various visits to, and from, “Kidlington“.

Deep water

2016-03. Blue skies.

          A beautiful blue sky reflected in the canal water as we took our first opportunity this spring to walk the Kidlington to Oxford stretch of the Oxford canal this year.  I was very reserved with the camera today, but couldn’t resist a couple of snaps to show how high the water levels were, inside the canal, and outside of it in the surrounding fields too.

2016-03. Field view.

          The path was a bit muddy in places, a little extra water here and there, but nowhere near as much extra water as it seems has settled in the surrounding fields.

2016-03. Through trees.

          A little further on, looking into the gardens opposite as we headed towards Oxford,  Hubby and Eldest Daughter were choosing which one to sit back and relax in, I quite liked this one, especially the “DEEP WATER” signpost,  very apt for today’s canal I thought.

2016-03. Deep water.

           More from before: Various visits to, and from, “Kidlington“.

Bridge 220

2014-08. From bridge 220.

          Bridge 220 on the Oxford Canal is Skipton Bridge, a footbridge leading from the Holy Cross church in Skpton-on-Cherwell to the far side of the canal where you can join the towpath and after walking through the fields from Thrupp can complete a circular walk by returning alongside the waterway.

          Glancing over the bridge to your right you’re greeted with the lush green view dappled with the bright colours of barges.

          Our online guide had suggested that we drop into the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell, apparently a pretty little place, well worth exploring, but on this occasion we were just out for a short stroll so didn’t take them up on this suggestion, nor the one that said once over the bridge instead of going straight down to the towpath a good detour would have been to head straight across the field and visit the village of Hampton Gay with its small church and manor house ruins.  Definitely a walk for another day.

          If however, your map reading skills are as good as mine, and you’ve gone to the left of the bridge, squeezing your way down to the towpath by an obvoiusly lesser used path you’ll reach the waterway with this view from the other side of the bridge with a sign welcoming you to Thrupp.

2014-08. Welcome to Thrupp.

          It looks like my lens needed cleaning, but at least I can see that although it was an overcast afternoon, the sun did break through for a short while.

          Pass under the bridge and continue along he towpath with the water on your right.  The guide described this part of the walk as particularly pleasant, and I’m more than happy to agree with them,  before long we reached a turning point in the canal, apparently here the canal is wide enough for all length of barge to turn around.  I hadn’t thought of barges needing to be turned before but I guess given the narrowness of the canal and the length of the boats, this would be a problem faced on more than one occasion.

          As I’ve often said, you should never pass up a view presented to you by a bench.  I’ve yet to see a bench placed with a view overlooking a brick wall so it’s always worth a pause to see what the bench setter was looking at.

2014-08. Thrupp turning point.

          You might like to sit for a while on the bench, just admiring the quiet view, but just a few yards further along the canal this looks like a much more fun place to sit, Annie’s Tea rooms, and look closely at the signpost above … circular walk short route, this must be worth investigating further too.

2014-08. Annie's tea room.

           More from before: Various visits to, and from, “Kidlington” and “Thrupp“.