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“Good for a walk - and bird-watching”
Review of Port Meadow

Port Meadow
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$27.25*
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2-Hour Cycle Tour in Oxford
Ranked #22 of 177 things to do in Oxford
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“Good for a walk - and bird-watching”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Birds, flowers, historic area - good for walking, with or without dogs. Wide open space, with some of the old College boats on the river, restored and used as houseboats. Can be flooded at times, or at least muddy.

Visited May 2013
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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“Meadow walk”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a large meadow,so you can have a long walk.Great for children to run and see the animals usually horses and cattle,although they usually tend to be at the bottom of the field

Visited July 2013
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Oxford, UK
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“Horses, cows, sheep, ducks, swans, you name it”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A great place for a walk. Port Meadow is crossed by both the Oxford Canal and the Thames, so you can walk along the edges and check out the swans and other birds in the water. You can walk right up to the horses and cows grazing in the meadow. Follow the path on the Thames, and you can get to both The Perch and The Trout, two restaurants/pubs with good food but definitely a bit pricey. The Trout is about three miles from central Oxford, and the Perch is much closer on the Thames path (or is it the other way around?; with two such similar names, I always get confused). If it's rained recently, bring your Wellies because it can get incredibly muddy. Also watch out for numerous, numerous cow pies.

Visited July 2013
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Thame, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Amazing place to visit ... and it's free!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

First a little History for when you visit "Oxford's oldest monument", used since at least the Bronze Age (Burials and settlements are well preserved and visible from the air and ground as shallow circular ditches and banks) It was granted to the Freemen of Oxford by King Alfred In the 10thC in return for helping to defend the kingdom against the marauding Danes.
This is recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086.
In the 17th and 18th centuries horse racing was a popular social occasion. A course was laid out on Port Meadow and the neighbouring Wolvercote Common.
Today it is a place where you can walk, Fish and Swim; take your Kayak/Canoe, Cycle, Picnic, Bird Watch or look for Rare plants. There is that rare creature- a FREE car park at Godstow Road ( OX2 8PU) and several excellent pubs, The Trout is very near the Bridge at Godstow and great place to start or finish a long thirsty walk. There is also the Perch (see separate review). I visited with friends on Saturday 27th July at which time we did a circular walk from Godstow car park to the canal at Walton Well Rd, down the Canal to the Botley Rd, along the Botley Rd to the River path and then back along the river to The Perch for a drink in the garden continuing to The Trout for another drink sitting on the Riverbank. Magic! We then watched children swimming and playing in the river .. and no officious do gooders to tell them off.
As other reviewers have mentioned, if you take a dog do take care near the animals and put them on a lead. mostly though enjoy this fabulous resource.

Visited July 2013
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“Rough biking”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

The trail through Port Meadow is rough and bumpy, OK for a walk but not great for biking. Cows and horses run free; stay away from calves and their protective mothers. Thames Path is better.

Visited July 2013
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