Thames Wilderness

Community Site

Thames Wilderness

Map C: Oxford to Culham

From South Oxford to Abingdon, the Thames is a sizeable river with grass banks in open country mixed with hard embankments in towns.  Here, some sections of the Thames Path have a hard surface, and are more accessible for wheel-chair users.   The tendency of the river to rise up and over its banks at least once a year has fortunately prevented over-development.  Wise action by local communities has preserved and recovered wildlife habitats within easy reach of the towns in the upper Thames Valley. Compared with the other sections along the non-tidal Thames, there are few old gravel pits that have been become nature reserves with public access.

  • Abbey & Barton
  • Andersey Island
  • Astons Eyot, the Kidneys and Meadow Lane Nature Park
  • Christ Church Meadow
  • Heyford Meadow & Simon’s Land
  • Iffley Meadow
  • Kennington Flood Meadows
  • Longbridges Nature Park
  • Thrupp Lake
  • Sutton