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Eynsham Wharf Stream and Water Meadows

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Eynsham Wharf Stream and Water Meadows is a 7.9 kilometer loop trail located near Witney, Oxfordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
7.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
151 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

pub walk

Starting in the centre of Eynsham in Oxfordshire, this circular walk meanders through low lying fields, taking in the Eynsham wharf stream, a stretch of the Thames, two locks, weirs and a boatyard. It then passes under the Swinford tollbridge and finishes with the medieval fishponds of Eynsham Abbey as you return to the start. Walking at dusk you may see barn owls hunting as well as deer and foxes. In the early summer, some of the fields are full of meadow flowers - the large field (before the boat yard) is sensitively managed by the Oxford Preservation and always puts on a wonderful wildflower display. It is a relatively flat walk with a few steps up and over footbridges, some kissing gates to negotiate but no stiles. There is some road walking (with pavements) and you have to cross a B road twice. Many of the fields may have sheep or cattle. In one field (just before the boatyard) in the late summer, there is often a bull in a herd of cattle - however, it is a well walked stretch with boats often moored up, so the bull is usually disinterested in humans passing by. In winter (or very wet summers), the walk can be made impassable by mud and standing water in places; and if the Thames has broken its banks, it becomes dangerous on those stretches. So if there has been a prolonged wet spell or flooding, it is best left until a drier spell. By contrast, in the summer, it is usually dry enough to walk in trainers. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours for the walk. For refreshments, there are pubs, cafes and a small supermarket in the village. There are public toilets in the Back Street car park, a short walk from the Market Square.

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