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Canal Walk

          The Oxford Canal Walk goes from Oxford right through to Coventry but we caught the bus to Kidlington and started our walk (via Kidlington Costa Coffee) at the bridge on Yarnton Road.  The first part of the of this stage was very quiet ad peaceful and would have probably been a lot more photogenic if we’d managed to walk it a month or two earlier. Although, that said, we did meet a few canal residents who were very pleased to see us on the empty tow path.

1-canal-residents          I haven’t done this walk before but I have seen the Oxford end so we just set off in the Oxford direction with the plan to keep going until I recognised where I was.  Only one part was a bit dodgy and it was (thankfully) signposted.

6-signpost          We followed the signpost over the bridge to Oxford and found the route to become a little more populated.  The barges here weren’t what you’d call picturesque, they were mostly long-term residences, one even had a floating shed attached but these homes had overflowed onto the bank and the tow-path which raised a few smiles.

12-armchair          As we neared Oxford some of the gardens backed right down onto the canal, I snapped a couple as we passed so they’ll turn up in later posts but here are a couple more relaxing residents.

20-newspaper          Above, enjoying a relaxing Sunday newspaper, and below, enjoying more than a couple of beers.

21-sunday-beers1          As we neared the end of our walk we came across a couple of prettier barges and this being a walk into Oxford, I couldn’t possible leave you without a picture of a pushbike …

23-flower-barge

26-pushbike

          Lastly for today, this plaque marks the start of the Oxford end of the Oxford Canal, I’m guessing there’s one at the other end in Coventry too. 

27-1790-1990          If anyone fancies following us, this little bit of the Canal walk took us about two and a half hours.  I could have taken a lot longer and come back with a lot more photos but witout the camera I recon about 2 hours should do it.

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

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“.