Thames Wilderness

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Thames Wilderness

Map B: Lechlade to Oxford

From Lechlade to North Oxford, the Thames is a river running through open country.  There are few riverside houses, as the villages were built away from fields that are liable to flood in winter. Osney Bridge in Oxford restricts the size of boats, so this upper Thames is often quiet. The grass banks, reeds and willows create a tranquil scene. You are as likely to hear a buzzard’s  mewing call as a plane coming in to land at  Brize Norton.   The Thames Path is often muddy in winter, but gives good views of the river for most of the way.  The exception is where the Thames Path veers away from the old towpath between Pinkhill and Bablockhythe, where once there was a ferry.  Chimney reserve has the most notable group of meadows in this section, while Yarnton, Oxey and Pixey Meads have names that show their ancient history.  Pinkhill, by Farmoor reservoir, is popular with bird-watchers. Buscot is part of a large National Trust estate.

  • Burgess Field
  • Buscot Weir & Cheese Wharf
  • Chimney Meadow
  • North Hinksey Meadow
  • Oxey Mead and Yarnton  Mead
  • Pinkhill & Shrike Meadow, Farmoor
  • Pixey Mead
  • Port Meadow and Wolvercote Common
  • Standlake Common Reserve
  • Trap Grounds
  • Wytham Wood