Date of Publication: 02 December 2019
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Whether you’re just in need of a quiet stroll in your lunch break or are looking for a bigger walking challenge, we have got you covered. We have put together some of our favourite green spots in Oxford, so you can see all that this beautiful city has to offer.
Situated right in the heart of the city, this expansive green space is the perfect place to get away from it all. Open to the public every day of the year except Christmas Eve, University Parks is beautiful no matter what the season. Be sure to take advantage of this green oasis whether you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, a picturesque walk or simply just want a space to relax or play games.
Christ Church Meadow
Bound by the River Thames, the River Cherwell and Christ Church, this meadow makes for the ideal picnic and walking spot. Owned by Christ Church, one of Oxford University’s prestigious colleges, the meadow is open to everyone during the day. You’ll find cattle grazing in the lower parts of the meadow and sports fields in the upper sections.
Although located close to the centre of the city, it is soon easy to escape the crowds. Uninterrupted views of Christ Church, Corpus Christi, and Merton Colleges make for an impressive backdrop as you wander along the river.
Head north-west of the city centre to this picturesque area of common land. Grazed by horses and cows, the meadow truly feels as if you are in the middle of the countryside. Pop into The Perch, a 17th century pub, for a drink or something to eat to refuel.
For the more adventurous amongst us, the meadow also makes for a great running spot, with stunning views to take your mind off the burning in your muscles, and the added benefit of no hills!
Used by walkers, runners, and cyclists alike, this multi-functional path is the ideal way to unwind and quickly get away from the city. Join the Thames Path just off the Folly Bridge in the centre of town. From here, we suggest heading South, towards Abingdon, simply turn left off the bridge as you are walking out of town, and follow the path along the river.
Keep walking and you’ll reach the University boathouses- with any luck you’ll spot some university rowers out on one of their many training sessions. And the best bit- you can’t get lost. Simply follow the river for as long as you want and retrace your steps to bring you back to the city centre.
Now we’ve shared our favourite green spots in Oxford, be sure to go and take a look for yourself when you need an escape from the crowds!