Thames Path National Trail: Abingdon to Oxford

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Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England

Thames Path National Trail: Abingdon to Oxford is a 9.6 mile point-to-point trail located near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length9.6 miElevation gain954 ftRoute typePoint to point
HikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViewsWildlifeHistoric site
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This walk follows a stretch of the Thames Path National Trail, linking the historical town of Abingdon with its more famous (some might say infamous) neighbour of Oxford. The equally notorious Thames provides a guide throughout the walk, so it's difficult to get lost, although there's a small wooded section at the start and occasional side channels of the river which mean that getting lost isn't an impossibility, so you need to follow the directions and watch out for the frequent Thames Path waymarkers. The walk itself is just under ten miles and could probably be managed in around four hours if you kept up a brisk pace - but this would be a shame, as there's plenty to pause and enjoy. This is exemplified by a short diversion into Iffley, incorporated into the walk, in order to admire the local church and its fine John Piper stained glass window. Rather than rush it, plan instead to make this a day's outing - maybe take a picnic, as watering holes, although available, are not too common.

The walk starts at Abingdon on the A415, which itself cuts across the A34 linking Newbury and Oxford, lying south of that city. Parking is available just south of the bridge near the start of the walk (nearest postcode OX14 3HP), or in the town itself. Regular buses link Abingdon and Oxford to allow you to retrieve your car, but as always, check beforehand just in case. If stuck, a taxi wouldn't be outrageous as the walk describes a wide loop and the journey by road is shorter than by foot.

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Leo Garvey
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Nik Kouts
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James Theobald
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Gorgeous countryside and riverside walking, very easy, just long enough to work up a good appetite for a late pub lunch in Oxford

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Lia Windsor
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This was a great walk. Took a lot less time than anticipated though so don’t plan according to tight times!

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Anna Zandi
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Pleasantly surprised by how nice the walk was. Was a bit worried it would be quite repetitive next to the Thames but there was a lot of variety, with forest, meadows and fields. Really lovely places to stop for lunch and a rest along the water. And ending up at oxford is a major plus! Can easily make a full fun day of the trail.

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Evgenii Tilezhinskii
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Dave Cooper
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Pierre Denslow
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Anderson Santiago
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Anderson Santiago
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Anderson Santiago
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Sarah Burge
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Hannie Sml
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